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AGTA Spectrum Awards™ winner profiles: Ashleigh Branstetter and John Dyer
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AGTA Spectrum Award™ winning designer Ashleigh Branstetter submitted her first entries into the competition in 2009. Right out of the shoot, she took home third place in Business/Day Wear with her 32.10-carat pink tourmaline ring. Then for the 2010 competition, Ashleigh was awarded two more Spectrum trophies for her second place in Business/Day Wear for her Chalcedony briolette and moss diamond-slice earrings and a Manufacturing Honors in Men's Wear for her London blue topaz bullet cufflinks. Her latest Spectrum Award-winning pieces are featured in Florida International Magazine, Best Jewelry Design of 2009 on and at the recent Oscars Awards ceremony. More

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Pantone announces Fashion Color Report Spring 2011
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Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company, and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, recently unveiled the PANTONE© Fashion Color Report Spring 2011. The report features the top 10 colors for women's fashion for spring 2011, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots, and is available for a free download. The release of the PANTONE Fashion Color Report coincided with New York Fashion Week. More

Election results announced for 2011 AGTA Board of Directors
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AGTA has announced the results of the 2011 AGTA Board of Directors elections. Robert Bentley of Robert Bentley Company, Betty Sue King of King's Ransom, Gerry Manning of Manning International, Bill Larson of Pala International and Niveet Nagpal of Omi Gems Inc. all were elected to three-year terms as directors. These terms will take effect at the 2011 AGTA Board of Directors Meeting in Tucson, Ariz. More

Let FedEx Office deliver your holidays
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Rely on the pros to make your season run more smoothly. FedEx Office offers a wide range of products and services to help you manage this busy time of year. Pack and ship: Whether you're sending gifts to clients and partners or friends and family, FedEx can get it all there safely. And quickly, too: FedEx Ground® is faster to more locations than UPS Ground. You also will get a great price. Packing services start at just $4.99. More

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2011 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Hotel Site Now Open

AGTA once again is partnering with HelmsBriscoe to offer a wide variety of hotel options during the AGTA GemFair. We suggest making your hotel reservations soon to ensure you get the accommodations you want. Click here or call 888-665-1370 or 801-505-5265 (international).

Deadline approaching for World of Gems Conference II
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Gemworld International is preparing to host the second international gem conference, bringing you the latest in gem treatments, sources, laboratory procedures and industry issues. The two-day conference features a slate of 16 speakers from three countries. Attendees from six countries already have registered for this important event. There is still time to sign up for the World of Gems Conference, which will take place Oct. 9 to 10 at the O'Hare Chicago Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. However, the room block with discounted rates ends Sept. 20. After that, attendees will have to pay prevailing room rates based on availability. More

Laura Parker: Venice Film Festival jewelry — Part 2
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Venice Film Festival fashion has yet to recreate a "major" moment like the one Rachel Zoe and Anne Hathaway brought to us during the 2009 festivities. But a girl can dream. In the meantime, here are my favorite jewelry moments since my last post. I was surprised to see so many colored gemstone looks. Rebecca Hall, who stars in the Ben Affleck-directed film "The Town," is the latest lady from Hollywood to steal the spotlight wearing a teal Vionnet gown and classic Bvlgari serpenti bracelets. More

$2.6M diamond theft at NamGem
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A "substantial" amount of rough and polished diamonds have been reported missing from NamGem, the Namdeb cutting and polishing factory in Namibia, the company said. The value of the missing goods is estimated at $2.6 million. The theft was discovered when a safe that contained the missing diamonds was opened. NamGem Chairman Kennedy Hamutenya told the press that rough diamonds worth $2.1 million, polished diamonds worth $480,000, and partly polished stones worth about $56,000 were among the missing goods. More

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Jewelry historians 'decode hip-hop jewelry'
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"How We Swag: Decoding Hip-Hop Jewelry" is the topic for the exclusive, upcoming lecture presented by the American Society of Jewelry Historians on Sept. 30 at The Fashion Institute of Technology. The lecture will discuss the significance of hip hop jewelry and its connection with today's American culture. Lyneise Williams, an assistant professor in the Department of Art at University of North Carolina, will lead the discussion. Williams has created a study of this one-of-a-kind style and has been published on this subject. More

5 lessons from the social media frontlines
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It's easy to find people to tell you what you need to do to make social media work for your business. They have anecdotal tales of viral campaigns with heavy emphasis on the impressions and branding benefits. There's no end to the stories of successful branding campaigns using community platforms. Although there are benefits to branding, it isn't immediately convertible to cash. More

The jewelry prescription
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It's a simple step, but one many doctors forget to remind patients to take: Wear a medical-alert bracelet. Of course, wearing the traditional clunky metal medical-alert bracelets might be a turnoff to some, and too visible a reminder of a disease or condition. That's one reason a number of jewelry companies make bracelets, necklaces and watches that look like real bling — Tiffany & Co. has a gold bracelet for $2,250, for instance — and some pendants can easily be hidden under clothes. More

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