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Dec. 28, 2011

Here are ten top stories chosen from the 2011 archives of ePRISM. We at AGTA wish you a happy and prosperous 2012!

Color captivates at Golden Globes
Hollywood's leading ladies made their fashion statements in color at the 68th Golden Globe Awards. Two extremes of the spectrum reigned in fashion, with sherbet shades of pink and coral and jewel tones of emerald green and ruby red most popular in gowns favoring long-sleeves or strapless, backless or slit, with sparkles and sequins still trending. American Gem Trade Association members outfitted many celebs in a spectrum of colored gemstone jewelry. MORE

Affordable Luxury - Gemstones for the Holiday
THP Fashion Blog
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for that special someone in your life? Well check out my picks for affordable luxury gemstone jewels, and before you say "I can't afford gemstones", think again. You might just find the perfect gift that puts a smile on their face on Christmas morning, and all from AGTA members. MORE

Color rules the red carpet
Leading ladies graced the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood with vivid gem-set jewels, especially emerald, a star favorite at recent awards shows and premieres. Many of the stars wore jewelry designed by members of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA). MORE

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Yael Designs is recognized by AGTA with another Spectrum Award - Honorable Mention in Bridal Wear.

Bold, yet effervescent - 'Baroness' Tanzanite and diamond earrings will make any woman feel like royalty! For more stunning designs and deep blue tanzanites, check out the award-winning Pacifica Tanzanite Collection; inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Click here to see more.

Taylor auction is a gem, sales top $157 million
Four days of live auctions in New York and a 10-day online auction from the Hollywood film legend's collection took in a total of $156,756,576, or more than three times expectations. Taylor's world-renowned collection of diamonds, rubies, sapphires, pearls, emeralds and more accounted for the vast majority of the haul, selling for a combined $137 million and becoming by far the most valuable jewelry sale ever. MORE

The joy of jewelry
Accent Magazine
This season, there's one simple rule on the road to great jewelry style: Don't get stuck in neutral! Get into gear and follow the direction of spring 2011 fashion, which is all about color. MORE

An opinion on opal
Gerry Manning, Manning International
How to correct long misrepresented "facts" about opal? Even highly respected labs often misstate information regarding opal characteristics and treatments. Opal is not sensitive to solvents, not sensitive to ultrasound, nor is it up to 12 percent water, as some have claimed. MORE

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Color me bridal
Bridal couples today are rewriting the wedding playbook to reflect more individuality in their nuptials. People feel free to express themselves in their weddings, and that extends to their rings. The shift is, in part, due to celebrity influence in highly publicized engagements and weddings that showcase unique approaches to the rings, especially use of colored stones. MORE

Sapphire's spectrum sparkles
Lorraine DePasque
With fashion's brilliant comeback of all-things-colorful, it's not surprising that fancy sapphires have fast-become jewelry's must-have. From a kaleidoscopic palette of intense pinks, purples and oranges to pastel greens, yellows and lavenders, there's a sapphire shade for everyone - whatever your favorite color happens to be! When you see this gem (which also holds the honor of being September's birthstone) in any color other than blue, it's called, quite fittingly, "a fancy sapphire." MORE

Faith: In Search of the Lost Andesine Mines
The mining of natural red andesine in Tibet has been a subject of controversy. While it is generally acknowledged that large quantities of diffusion-treated andesines entered the world markets starting about 2002, the idea that there might be a source of natural red andesine in Tibet has polarized the gemological community. This article describes the latest developments, including RWH's second visit to the Tibetan deposit. MORE

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Winners Announced for AGTA's 2012 Spectrum Awards™ Competition
Dallas, TX - October 25, 2011: Winners have been named in the 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition hosted by the American Gem Trade Association. This year marks the 28th anniversary of the competition.
The competition was judged October 22-23 in New York, NY. Judges for the 2012 competition were jeweler Klaus Burgel, Sylvain Chervin of Carvin French, Cindy Edelstein of the Jewelers Resource Bureau, Patricia Faber of Aaron Faber Gallery, and Clay Zava of Zava Master Cuts.

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