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AGTA GemFair Tucson Update
AGTA buyer registration and hotel room block deadline is Dec. 31. If you are having trouble faxing in your buyer registration form, please use the alternate fax number 214-742-7334 or register online at Hotel rooms in the AGTA room block at preferred rates are still available through HelmsBriscoe by calling 888-665-1370 (801-505-5265 International), emailing or online at Register and book your hotel now.

AGTA Red Carpet Collection coming together for awards show season
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The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is preparing to add some color to the red carpet in 2011 with the continuation of its successful AGTA Collection program at the upcoming Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Academy Awards. The AGTA Collection is a selection of colored gemstone and pearl jewelry from AGTA members that is presented in a pre-show styling suite for celebrities and their stylists to choose to wear to the event. 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.

Ring in the New Year: Trendy stones add color, sparkle to holiday season
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"Diamonds are a girl's best friend," Marilyn Monroe once sang. Samantha Tuminaro disagrees. "A diamond wasn't necessary for me," she said, with her left hand sporting a ruby ring signifying her engagement to fiance Brian Jinier. Celebrities, too, are eschewing traditional diamonds in favor of more colorful gems. More

Gems fit for a screen goddess
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Never has La Dolce Vita — the sweet life — seemed more appropriate than in the splendid display of jewels in the Grand Palais in Paris. "Bulgari: 125 years of Italian Magnificence" (until Jan. 12) has 603 jewels on display — each more exceptional than the other, from the big, bold colorful breast plates of cabochon stones, through the "tremblant" flower bouquets to the serpent watches winding around the wrist. More

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Expedition zultanite: Erica Courtney's new Turkish delight
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Erica Courtney's latest lapidary crush may come from the former Ottoman Empire, but it's got present-day pretty appeal. The Los Angeles–based designer, known for her high-end diamond designs and Drop Dead Gorgeous line of jewels, recently travelled to the only source of zultanite in the world — Turkey's remote Anatolian Mountains at a height of more than 4,000 feet — to see the stones first hand. What she brought back was a newfound appreciation for the material. More

GIA lab alert identifies surge in HPHT-treated submissions
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The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Laboratory recently reported that a significant number of large high pressure/high temperature (HPHT) treated color diamonds were submitted for grading. Submissions have ranged from 3-carat to nearly 20-carat stones and the vast majority of these diamonds were submitted without full disclosure. The color grades ranged from "D" to "J", but most were "G" or better combined with high clarities. More

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Come and Play for a Great Cause!

At AGTA GemFair™ Tucson 2011, AGTA will host two charity fundraising events — the AGTA Coyote Classic Golf Tournament benefitting Special Olympics and AGTA GemJammin' benefitting Jewelers For Children. The 15th Annual Coyote Classic, sponsored by FedEx, will be played at Omni Tucson National Resort on Sunday, Jan. 30th, with a 1:00 pm shotgun start. AGTA GemJammin', sponsored by Instore Magazine, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and Stuller, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3rd, at The Hut starting at 8:00 pm. AGTA GemJammin' will feature great music by members of the jewelry industry. If you would like to play or sing, sign up at For more information on these events and more, click here.

Platinum Guild International welcomes FTC guidance
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The Platinum Guild International-USA welcomes the Federal Trade Commission's publication of final amendments to the Commission’s Jewelry Guides for the marketing of platinum jewelry. In its final amendments, the FTC requires marketers of platinum/base metal alloys to clearly disclose the content of these products and explicitly prohibits the use of abbreviations in such disclosures. The FTC also recognizes that platinum/base metal alloys may not contain the same characteristics as traditional platinum products with respect to their durability, luster, density, scratch resistance, tarnish resistance, hypoallergenicity, ability to be resized or repaired, retention of precious metal over time, and other material attributes and properties. More

10 social media trends for 2011
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Just when you thought you had Twitter down, a basic understanding of LinkedIn and you finally know how to upload a video to YouTube, there are new social trends on the horizon. From plug-ins to location-based marketing initiatives to the move to higher bandwidth, there's change afoot in the world of social media. Consider this a starting point for what to incorporate into your own social-media strategies in the New Year. More

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Inside Wall Street: Tiffany's stock looks like a holiday jewel
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For those who wish to load up on a true Christmas stock, Tiffany (TIF) looks like a worthwhile holiday investment bet. This global designer, maker and retailer of fine jewelry and other gift items went through the recession like it never happened. Not only did Tiffany's strong sales and earnings beat Wall Street's expectations, but its stock has streaked from a 52-week low of $35 a share in early July to a 52-week high of $65.44 as of the Dec. 21 close. More

Tony Romo proposes with huge yellow diamond
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo proposed to girlfriend Candice Crawford with an 8-carat, radiant-cut, fancy yellow diamond with one carat of round diamonds around the center stone, Aslam Bakshi, owner of Diamond Images USA, Inc. in Miami tells "The center stone is very difficult to find and rare, but it is one of the most popular shapes today." The ring is reportedly worth about $475,000. More

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