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With 2010 coming to a close, AGTA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of ePRISM a look back at the most accessed articles of 2010. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.

The Top 10 Most-Read Stories of 2010

Winners announced for AGTA's 2011 Spectrum Awards™ competition
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1. Oct. 27, 2010 issue: Winners have been named in the 2011 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition hosted by the American Gem Trade Association. This year marks the 27th anniversary of the competition. The competition was held Oct. 23-24 in New York at a penthouse studio in Greenwich Village. Judges for the 2011 competition included Tanya Dukes of Elite Traveler magazine, Jennifer Gandia of Greenwich Jewelers, Glenn Lehrer of Lehrer Designs, Mallary Marks of Mallary Marks Inc. and Robin Rotenier of Rotenier Ltd. The annual AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Media Day was held Oct. 25 and featured all of the jewelry and gemstone submissions. More

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Kate Middleton engagement ring is Princess Diana's
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2. Nov. 17, 2010 issue: When Prince William proposed to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton on holiday in Kenya, his late mother, the beloved Princess Diana played a role — she provided the ring. Prince William proposed to Middleton using the sapphire and diamond engagement ring that belonged to his mother. It's a dazzling oval, 18-carat blue sapphire and white diamond ring. Diana, who died in 1997, chose the elegant cluster ring after becoming engaged to Charles in 1981. More

Red carpet globetrotters shine in color
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3. Jan. 20, 2010 issue: A humble Hollywood, in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, toned down the bling for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards Jan. 17 in Los Angeles. It was simple elegance, with the mode of accessory a signature jewel — mostly earrings, and some really great bracelets and rings. Memorable statement pieces were set with vivid color gemstones and pearls against jewel tone gowns that favored shades of purple, blush and champagne nudes, and classic black. More

Tourmaline sparks intrigue
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4. Jan. 20, 2010 issue: More than just a pretty face, the quintessentially chic tourmaline is the jewel of choice for top notch designers who prefer interesting tonal qualities in their featured gems. But digging a little deeper, one finds more to tourmaline than cover girl good looks. More

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Ruby treatments — flux fracture treated ruby
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5. Jan. 13, 2010 issue: In a general alert to the gemological community, Stone Group Labs, LLC and Deljanin & Simic Gemological Service Inc. are submitting a Gem Watch for ruby treatments. Please note that this is not the same treatment as that of the lead glass type filling. This process is a progression on earlier heat treatment chemical formulas typically used on Mong Hsu ruby but is a multi-step cleaning and fracture filling process involving extensive flux healing. "Any buyers of this material will want to ask the right questions, and wholesalers should be expected to have the right answers," says Doug Hucker, CEO of the AGTA. More

Interpol hunts bold Pink Panthers gem gang
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6. Sept. 8, 2010 issue: Frustrated Interpol investigators are coming up empty in their frantic bid to shut down the "Pink Panther" gem gang, responsible for the most brazen jewel heists in history, from nervy ripoffs of super luxe Paris gem stores to cool grabs in Monte Carlo. "They are very well organized and they know exactly what they are after," one official tells the Guardian. The gang originated in the former Yugoslavia and now includes heisters from throughout the Balkans, including men once active in various strong-armed governments. Police believe the gang has some 150 members and has been operating since the 1990s. More

This week, AGTA recommends:

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.

Separating spinel
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7. Jan. 27, 2010 issue: The science of separating one gem mineral from another is relatively recent in context to the many millennia that man has been collecting pretty stones. More

Ruby, sapphire markets transformed
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8. June 16, 2010 issue: Ruby and sapphire are among history's most coveted gems, with fashioned stones dating back to ancient Greece, India and Asia. Traditionally, they have been scarce and expensive. The past 25 years, however, have brought radical changes in the market for rubies and sapphires, stimulated by huge increases in supply. Today, they are much more readily available in a full range of prices. More

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20 ideas worth stealing
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9. Jan. 13, 2010 issue: Creativity is a hallmark of the retail industry, and retailers have continued to demonstrate just how inventive, resourceful and imaginative they are over the last 18 months — no small feat given the financial challenges experienced by businesses and consumers alike. Consider the following a retail survival kit for 2010. More

Longing for labradorite
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10. May 19, 2010 issue: A favorite feldspar mineral in the moonstone family, labradorite is showing up in an array of designer jewelry that plays on the virtual light show gleaming from within this luminous gem. Think Aurora Borealis in stone. Called the "bringer of light," labradorite has a metallic sheen and is popular in shades of gray. It also can be black with flashes of blues and yellows or milky with golden glints. The finest material, known as spectrolite, is semitransparent blue with strong iridescence awash in a blend of colors including green and yellow when viewed from different angles. More

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