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AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Winners Online
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The images of the winning entries from the 2010 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition are now available to view online at All the winning entries were photographed by renowned jewelry and gemstone photographer Robert Weldon. More

IDCA Event at AGTA GemFair Tucson
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The Indian Diamond and Colorstone Associations' (IDCA) upcoming gala awards dinner to be held on Feb. 4, 2010 will honor a dynamic and enterprising Entrepreneur, Mr. Nirmal Bardiya, Chairman & Managing Director, RMC Gems Group. More

Tiffany & Co raises annual sales outlook following strong third quarter
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Tiffany & Co. reported higher-than-expected net sales of $598 million in its October ending quarter, 3 percent below the prior year. On a constant-exchange-rate basis, global net sales declined 5 percent and comparable store sales declined 6 percent. Despite the year-over-year declines, Tiffany decided to raise its sales and earnings outlook for the full year. 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

Seeing red
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Rare as they are, fancy colored diamonds are popping up all over the auction world lately. And from the looks of their sales, our sluggish economy is not so much dampening the fervor for collecting these anomalies of the gem world. Red diamonds almost never occur; when they do, they are often found in very small crystals. More

Online jewelry orders by value rose for Black Friday
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According to online transaction data collected by Coremetrics, the average order value for jewelry on Black Friday was $271.74, an increase of 25 percent from one year ago. Jewelry purchasers placed an average of 1.54 items per order, which was a drop of 17 percent from the average order taken on Black Friday 2008. More

Precious tones
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With Christmas just under a month away, now is the time to gear up for the party season. So ensure you are the belle of the ball with that vital festive frock. You'll have a gem of a night with the latest jewel-toned dress. Amethyst, garnet, ruby and jade shades are all hot style news, and there's enough choice to flatter every hair colour and skin tone. More

Vivid pink diamond sells for $11 Million
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The vivid pink diamond ring by Graff, which highlighted the Christie's Jewels: The Hong Kong Sale, fetched $10,828,889 against a presales estimate of $5.1 million to $7.13 million. The sales price works out to $2,165,778 per carat. The ring was set with a 5-carat, cushion-shaped type IIa fancy vivid pink diamond, which was flanked on either side by a shield-shaped diamond, mounted in platinum and 18-karat rose gold. More

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De Beers shareholders agree $1 billion rights offer
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De Beers, the world's largest diamond producer, said shareholders Anglo American Plc, the Oppenheimer family and the Botswana government agreed in principle to invest $1 billion in the company through a rights offer to cut debt. The take-up of the rights offer would be in line with shareholdings, Lynette Gould, a London-based spokeswoman for De Beers, said in an e-mailed statement. More

Michelle Obama's Naeem Kahn gown
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Michelle Obama wowed the crowd at the first official Obama administration state dinner. To welcome Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and his wife, Gursharan Kaur the first lady wore a gown by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan. The strapless gown was decorated with sterling silver sequins in a floral pattern on a nude silk chiffon dress. 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

Unused gems are transformed into a precious column
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It's a gem of an idea. Cartier approached renowned Italian architect Alessandro Mendini to create an object d'art using fine and precious gems that can no longer be used in classical jewelry as the stones have been pierced, dismounted, and engraved. Mendini took the gems and created a precious column of pearls, emeralds, sapphires, mandarin garnets, moonstones, diamonds, chalcedonies and rubies and constructed a column almost eight feet high. More

Marilyn Monroe and Barack Obama portraits made of jewels
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The British mosaic artists and jewel cutters spend weeks carefully recreating photos using a selection of diamonds and precious gemstones. Each 0.25 carat diamond and stone has a "round brilliant cut" finish and is hand-set into silver, gold or platinum of the customer's choice. Portraits start from around 8ins x 8ins and contain at least 2,600 stones such as sapphire, amethyst and peridot. More


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