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  Winners Announced for AGTA's Spectrum Awards™ Competition
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Winners have been named in the 2010 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition hosted by the American Gem Trade Association. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the competition. The competition was held October 24-25, in New York, NY at a penthouse studio in Greenwich Village. Judges for the 2010 competition included designer/educator Cecelia Bauer, gem artist John Hatelberg, Nicole Keating of W magazine, Benjamin Macklowe of the Macklowe Gallery, writer/consultant Marlene Richey and Mish Tworkowski of Mish New York. MORE

Christie's Jewels: The New York Sale deemed an auction to remember
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Christie's fetched $46, 513,050 at its most recent sale, Jewels: The New York Sale & The Annenburg Diamond, Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art: A Superb Collection. The international auction house reports that 327 out of 385 lots sold, which achieved a combined sell-through rate of 85 percent by lot and 94 percent by value. More
Unmistakably Winza
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Plenty of time you can't tell what's inside by what's outside. Except maybe in the case of Winza ruby. When you polish a stone you could remove the evidence of its origin determination. And other times that's not the case. More

The Authentic Optix® Cut Revolutionizes the Appearance of Precious Gems.
Employing advanced light refraction science, Optix® stones are precisely cut with concave faceting to reflect significantly more light than stones with flat faceting. The result is a stone with unmatched brilliance. MORE

Chicago's Field Museum rock show    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Field Museum has been reborn the Rock Hall of Fame. Picture knuckle-busting rubies, emeralds and sapphires, a fist-sized topaz and enough diamonds to make Elizabeth Taylor dizzy. Among the standouts: An 877-carat emerald from Brazil; a rare ruby topaz; and the famous Chalmers Topaz, a 5,890-carat, transparent blue wonder the side of a bodybuilder's fist. More
Rio Tinto pink tender closes with 'exceptional results'
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All diamonds offered at Rio Tinto's 25th Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender have been sold. The company did not disclose prices, only saying they achieved "exceptional result that belies the global financial crisis of the past 12 months." Titled Grand Passions, this year's tender offered 43 pink diamonds from Rio Tinto's Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia, including four heart shaped gems. More

From the Sun King to the Smithsonian
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On a dark night in September of 1792, someone made off with the 69 carat French Blue diamond. Confiscated from King Louis XVI by the revolutionaries of the French National Assembly, the gem, along with the rest of the French Crown Jewels, had been secreted in a royal storehouse for safe keeping. Many of the gems stolen that night were subsequently recovered by the French government. The French Blue was never seen or heard of again. More
AGL acquires rights to JewelFolio
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American Gemological Laboratories (AGL), a premium service provider of gemological analyses has acquired the rights to the prestigious JewelFolio™. The JewelFolio™ is a unique book that provides the most in-depth analysis and description of high-quality, high value gems and jewelry. More

This week, AGTA recommends:

A Guide To Colored Gemstones Brochure - Special Offer

AGTA has refreshed this valuable point of sale brochure by adding a new cover, new images and updating the text. The brochure is 16 pages of buying information and gemstone photography. This is a great resource for sales associates and as an informational brochure to give to clients. More

A brave new world of freshwater pearls
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The pearl has been through a major transition over the past decade; Chinese producers have begun culturing and marketing a whole new segment of freshwater pearls that are beautiful, colorful and best of all, affordable. Freshwaters, as their name suggests, are grown in freshwater lakes as opposed to saltwater, where traditional akoyas are cultured, mainly in Japanese waters. This change in pearl farming has meant profound differences in the variety of pearls available on the market. Chinese freshwaters offer greater choice, higher quality and lower prices. More
Retailers ramp up social media for the holidays
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Preparing for a tough holiday shopping season, online retailers are beefing up their presence in online social media, a new study says. The National Retail Federation/ "eHoliday Study" shows more than 47 percent of online retailers polled said they will be increasing their use of social media this holiday season, with an understanding that shoppers use Facebook and Twitter regularly and that those tools are more cost effective, said a news release. More

American Gemological Laboratories: Your Colored Gemstone and Origin Specialist
America's first and most highly respected laboratory for identification, treatments and origin reporting. AGL's experienced specialists and advanced analytical techniques uncover the secrets of every stone. Our reports are accepted throughout the industry, including wholesalers, retailers, auction houses and most importantly consumers. MORE

Heidi Klum planning to launch new line
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A few months ago, Heidi Klum admitted she'd been forced to shutter her jewelry label after a lawsuit from Van Cleef & Arpels proved too expensive to endure. But Klum has already landed yet another licensing deal, this time a collaboration with Rick and Brian Cytrynbaum on a "lifestyle collection." More
Gemological Institute career day reveals red carpet secrets
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One of the best parts of watching the Hollywood awards shows is seeing the stars in those gorgeous gowns and amazing jewelry pieces. But how those stars get matched up with those pieces can be a long and involved process. More

Tanzanite Foundation™
Tanzanite Foundation congratulates the winners of the 2010 AGTA Spectrum Awards! 
Tanzanite is at least 1000 times rarer than a diamond. More Info.



Barbara Heinrich Jewelry Simply Beautiful
View our entire collection at AGTA GemFair Tucson
Feb. 2 – 7, 2010
Booth # 3502.

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IGI, the Standard of Excellence in Gemology since 1975

IGI, the leading independent, ISO accredited, consumer-focused worldwide gemological laboratory, provides objective and accurate grading, identification and appraisal reports for gemstones and fine jewelry.

Jewels From The Woods

AGTA Booth #202

Original Signature Combination Cut Gems and Gem Carvings by American Gem Artist Larry Woods

Natural Sapphires, Malaya Garnet, Chrome Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Uruguay Amethyst, Oregon Sunstone, African Spinel, African Zircon, Pakistan Peridot, Spessartite Garnet, Salmon Tourmaline, Rubellite Tourmaline, Rhodolite Garnet, Color Change garnet, Gem Silica, Arizona Fire Agate 
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