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Red carpet is all ears for color
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Celebrities flaunting their red carpet style at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Aug. 29th marched to the beat of their own drum in dresses from short and flirty to long and stately. Blue hues prevailed with navy a favorite, although purples, nudes and metal tones rocked. Necklines varied, with single shoulder styles still popular, and texture key incorporating flowers, feathers, lace, and sequins. All ears, Hollywood divas accessorized in gem chandelier, pendant and drop earrings, although bold gemmy rings and stacked gem-set bracelets were staples. More

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North Carolina emerald: Big, green and very rare
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Generations of rock hounds and miners have turned the earth in western North Carolina, looking to bring a special ruby, sapphire or emerald — the "big three" of the gem world — to the light. The passion started early for Terry Ledford, 53, who operated a gem stand on weekends when he was a kid. "I always loved rocks," said the Spruce Pine resident. For W. Renn Adams, 90, the world of spodumenes, hiddenite and beryl runs even deeper in his blood. His Alexander County family has been digging for them since the 1880s. More

GIA opening Hong Kong grading lab
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The Gemological Institute of America will open its Hong Kong Laboratory this month. The new laboratory will offer Diamond Grading Reports and Diamond Dossiers for diamonds weighing 0.15 to 2.99 carats at the new state-of-the-art facility, the Institute said recently. In addition to on-site grading services, the Hong Kong lab will also provide laser inscription and diamond sealing services. More

Bulgari recovers its luster
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Before leaving the workshop where Bulgari Spa makes its high-end jewelry, employees and the rare visitor must put their feet in a shoe-scrubbing machine. The machine isn't there to give shoes a final polish before their wearers exit onto one of Rome's most ancient streets, but to collect gold dust. The rising price of gold is a worry, says Bulgari Chief Executive Francesco Trapani, a scion of the family that founded the company in 1884. Wholesale gold prices rose to $965 a troy ounce last week, four times higher than in 2001. But with rising costs comes creative opportunity. More

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Kazanjian foundation initiates Sri Lankan rebuilding campaign
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The 2004 Sri Lankan tsunami left devastation in its wake. Triggered by a 9.3-magnitude earthquake, the massive wave hit the coasts of countries bordering the Indian Ocean, washing hundreds of thousands of people across Asia away at sea. According to the Red Cross, some 226,000 people in 13 countries were killed in the aftermath of the tsunami. One of the hardest hit was Sri Lanka. Well over 100,000 houses were either damaged or destroyed. More

Everybody must get stoned
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We've got a lot going on — work is non-stop, our significant other is breathing down our neck and on top of it all, now we've got to make more time in the day to tweet and update our Facebook pages. Bottom line, we all need a breather. That's what the Spa at Trump was thinking, so they've whipped together a spa treatment that will unwind and distress your crazy life. And of course, if it’s going to be associated with the Trump brand, it's got to be crazy-good. It's called the Signature Gemstone Treatment, a 90-minute massage featuring precious gem-infused oils for the ultimate in ridiculously luxurious pampering. More

Frank Dallahan former publisher of JCK Magazine joins The Retail Jeweler Magazine as co-publisher
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Frank Dallahan joins two other well-known jewelry marketing and publishing executives Andy Kohler and Ed Coyne in the trade magazine that is focused on providing the retail jeweler with useful, and relevant-today information that will help them operate their businesses more profitably. This new publication, The Retail Jeweler, is poised to become a dominant factor in the industry. Its interesting editorial content, easy-to-read format and very low cost for advertising provide decisive benefits for both jewelers and suppliers. More

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4 ways to master social media marketing
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More than one in six marriages over the past three years were the result of relationships begun online, a recent study on social media and dating behavior found. When so many people are turning to the Internet to find soul mates, you can rest assured they are looking online for everything else — from their next pair of Oakleys to a new optometrist — and if you are a business seeking customers, you are well-advised to look online, too. You’ve heard it before: Social media is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. More

American Gemological Laboratories to conduct on-site testing during the Hong Kong show September 2010
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American Gemological Laboratories will be performing on-site testing of colored stones for identification, enhancement and origin reports during the Hong Kong Watch and Jewelry Fair in September. As part of AGLs outreach program to support their national and international clients, staff members Christopher P. Smith and Sun Joo Chung will be available throughout the HKG Fair period to provide the same high-quality reporting services that are a staple of our New York based operations. More

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