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  AGTA Spectrum Awards: A Judge's Insight
Benjamin Macklowe, Macklowe Gallery    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
What a great weekend I had as a judge for the American Gem Trade Association's "Spectrum Awards!" I was asked by Robert Bentley (, Chairman of AGTA, to be one of six judges for this prestigious juried competition. Once a year, the members of AGTA submit newly-designed jewelry and exceptional unset gemstones for blind judging in categories as varied as "Best Phenomenonal Stone" and "Best in Bridal." MORE

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ saw an increase in platinum designs
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During the 26th annual AGTA Spectrum Awards™ recently held, the choice of platinum as a jewelry metal seemed to be on the rise with jewelry designers, reports say. Of the total number of 420 jewellery designs submitted for the competition this year, there was an 11 percent increase in the number of platinum designs. More
JA warns industry about 60 Minutes Segment
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Jewelers of America sent out a letter Monday in an effort to prepare the jewelry industry for the upcoming CBS 60 Minutes segment that focuses on the issue of artisanal gold mining in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The letter was forwarded throughout the industry and was obtained by JCK through JBT. 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

Going gaga for green
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Any fancy color green diamond is a rare treat to behold. Natural large green diamonds are almost unheard of. So attendees at Sotheby's Nov. 17th auction in Geneva are in for a once in a lifetime glimpse. Up for bidding will be a 2.52 carat cushion shaped natural green diamond so rare no one can calculate what the market will bring for this beauty. More
Green is hot for fall
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Green is the hot color this Fall - from emerald to jade to light mint, green hues are showing up in the latest beauty, jewelry and fashion accessories. Check out this list of must-haves in fall's killer color. More

Will men wear pearls?
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Will real men wear pearls? Male model and reality television star Marcus Schenkenberg hopes so. Schenkenberg has partnered with German pearl specialist on YOU ROCK by Marcus Schenkenberg a line of pearl jewelry for men. More
Louis Vuitton Jewelry
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To create something completely, utterly new is the challenge of every designer. But even more so for jewellery designers, whose imaginations are reigned in by the realities of production. But then along comes Louis Vuitton, which not only gave Lorenz Baumer the freedom to pursue his creative fantasies in designing the new L'Ame du Voyage collection. It supported him when those dreams meant pushing its goldsmiths and diamond cutters to the edge. More

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Member Benefit: FedEx Rates Update

Just in time for holiday delivery, the FedEx Declared Value Exception rates have been reduced even more for AGTA Members! Now FedEx Express can accept U.S. and international shipments with a declared value up to $50,000 per package at discounted rates. More

Cheap jewelry imports vex artisans in Southwest
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A tsunami of cheap imported jewelry - designed to look like authentic Native American art - is flooding the Southwest U.S., bamboozling tourists, irking law-enforcement officials and infuriating real Indian artists. Phony Indian crafts have been around for decades, but recently both the quantity and the quality of the fakes have soared, according to Native American artists, veteran retailers and state prosecutors. More
Treasure on show in London as another trove found
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The most important treasure trove found in Britain for decades went on display in London on Tuesday, the same day that another discovery valued at $1.6 million was reported found in Scotland. The Staffordshire Hoard, discovered by metal detectorist Terry Herbert in central England in July, comprises over 1,500 mainly gold and silver items and has been compared in importance to the famous Sutton Hoo burial site unearthed in 1939. 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

Royals to sell family heirlooms
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The Duke of Kent and his siblings are to sell family heirlooms at auction. The auction of 200 lots at Christie's salerooms in London includes jewellery, paintings and furniture. The pieces once belonged to Prince George, the former Duke of Kent, and his wife Princess Marina. More
Fall issue of Gems & Gemology exaimines Tavernier blue diamond
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The Fall 2009 issue of Gems & Gemology, released Oct. 5, offers a crystallographic analysis of the Tavernier Blue diamond, as well as a new gemological test to detect HPHT treatment in type I diamonds. Other articles cover ammolite production in Southern Alberta, Canada; polymer-filled aquamarine; the discovery of gem-quality yellow-green haüyne from Tanzania; and aquamarine from northern Italy. More

AGL changes terminology of its ruby reports
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The American Gemological Laboratory (AGL) held a meeting in New York, and has discussed changes in the terminology it uses to describe rubies. Reports add that it has decided to apply the term "heating residue" in place of the term "flux-type enhancement," when identifying the type of treatment used for rubies, when the rubies are heated for color modifications and heal fissures. The lab has also decided to use the term "composite ruby" when distinguishing lead glass-treated rubies from regular heated rubies. More

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