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AGTA GemFair™ Tucson registration deadline approaching
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If you plan to attend the 2011 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson, the advanced registration deadline, Dec. 31, 2010, is just a few weeks away. If you attended the show last year in Tucson, you will be automatically registered for this year's show. AGTA is celebrating its 30th anniversary at GemFair in 2011, which means the best exhibitors, great learning opportunities and a lot of fun at a myriad of special events — don't miss it! More

Jewelry Preview: February 17, 2011

Finest artisan-made jewelry exclusively from U.S. and Canadian studios, wholesale to the trade, February 18-21, Philadelphia. Supplier and artist booths available. Registration now open.

Honeysuckle: The color for 2011
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Last year's Pantone color of the year was turquoise because of its calming effect (much-needed after a tumultuous 2009). This year, they're forecasting a way more vibrant color: Honeysuckle! According to Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, "In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going — perfect to ward off the blues." More

Christmas bells are blinging as jewelry sales rebound
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With high-end shoppers fueling interest, jewelry retailers could expect a 6 percent increase this year following a disappointing 2009. Such discretionary purchases show some consumers have gained strength and presage a broader recovery, said Milton Pedraza, chief executive of the New York-based Luxury Institute. "Jewelry is often the last category to turn upward," Pedraza said. "It is probably the most discretionary of all the categories purchased in a store. This tells me that the economic cycle overall has turned." More

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Weighing in on the $6 ruby
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At the most recent Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, we saw something we really didn't expect to see — "glass-filled" ruby. It was being sold for $6 per carat up to $15 per carat. What is "glass-filled" ruby? And what don't they want you to know about it? This feature has some answers. More

AGS relaunches website: New consumer-friendly site makes finding an AGS retailer even easier
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Finding a trusted American Gem Society (AGS) jeweler just got easier for consumers. The AGS has announced the relaunch of The site has simplified navigation, making it possible for consumers to quickly locate an AGS retailer. There is also a member site that allows for retailers to quickly find an AGS Supplier and includes popular AGS marketing material and vital educational information. More

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AGTA GemeShare is now live

The AGTA GemeShare online marketplace for colored gemstones in now operational and free to use. All listed gemstones are presented by AGTA members, who abide by the AGTA Code of Ethics and personally verify the color of each gemstone. Register now!

An exceptional rainbow of rare stones
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Three years ago, Alisa Moussaieff opened a lavish store on New Bond Street, London's exclusive jewelry district, a stone's throw from Graff, Asprey, and Harry Winston. In such opulent company, it might seem a challenge to stand out from the crowd, but what immediately distinguishes her displays from those of her competitors is the sheer volume and variety of spectacular parures and sparkling gems on offer. If colored diamonds have become a subject of increasing interest among investors and designers in recent years, they have held an appeal for the Moussaieff family since the 1950s, when they started accumulating both cut and rough colored stones, enabling them to build the extensive collection for which they are known today. More

Twitter crushes Facebook for marketing
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Facebook makes up 78 percent of traffic among all social network sites and micro-blogging site Twitter accounts for 5 percent, but on average "tweets" with embedded links get 19 clicks while Facebook's shared links only get three clicks, according to a study by SocialTwist. More

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Jewelry sparkles at Dior and Bulgari bashes
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When two of the most celebrity-friendly fashion houses celebrate themselves, they usually have plenty of A-list wattage on hand to turn up the star power. Case in point? The recent Dior Store reopening in New York City, which featured the likes of Amy Adams, Natalie Portman and Liv Tyler. The jewelry jaw-drop award, though, had to be the chunky emerald earrings worn by Wendi Murdoch (wife of Rupert). With a household income like theirs, you can bet those are real. More

Gemfields reports record revenue from Johannesburg auction
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Gemfields generated a record revenue of $19.6 million from its recent rough emerald auction in Johannesburg. The revenue exceeded the combined $18.7 million generated from three auctions in the 2009/10 financial year. One rare 720-carat emerald crystal set a Gemfields record in terms of achieved value per carat. Colored gemstone deposits are "pockety" in nature, with grade and quality changing from month to month. The Kagem mine in Zambia experienced a period of high-quality production ahead of the auction, which led to significant unit price increases. More

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