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Jan. 4, 2012

AGTA GemFair™ Tucson - The Color of Success
There are many reasons to attend the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson this year. The education, the networking, the sunshine! The primary reason you should attend, however, should be to buy products that will make your business more profitable in 2012. So, make plans to visit the GemFair in Tucson, January 31st - February 5th, 2012. MORE

AGL Identifies Irradiated Colombian Emeralds
NEW YORK: 3 January 2012 - Recently American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) has identified Colombian emeralds that have undergone an irradiation treatment. "This represents the first emeralds that have been submitted to the laboratory by the trade, which we have identified as being irradiated." Christopher P. Smith, President of AGL described (figure 1). MORE

Trapiche Tourmaline from Zambia
Pala Gems
Currently online for subscribers of The Journal of Gemmology (Vol. 32), is “Chemical and growth zoning in trapiche tourmaline from Zambia – a re-evaluation” by Dr. Karl Schmetzer, Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bernhardt and Thomas Hainschwang. This paper is the most recent and certainly one of the finest to come out regarding the rare trapiche growth phenomenon, i.e., a pattern displaying clear, separate and distinct growth sectors, this time in tourmaline. 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.

Pantone 2012 color of the year: Tangerine Tango
Omi Gems
We're excited to dance into the New Year with 2012's color of the year, Tangerine Tango, a citrus-red hue that’s much more exciting than the neutrals seen in recent years. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute describes the color as "Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it." And we agree! MORE

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Launch of AGTA Member Preferred Pricing Program at 2012 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson

AGTA will be launching the AGTA Member Preferred Pricing Program at the 2012 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson. This program is designed to encourage Member to Member business and provide additional incentive to shop the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson.

The Preferred Pricing Program provides AGTA Members with a 5% discount off purchases made with participating exhibitors at the 2012 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson. Terms are net 30 and only purchases made at the show are eligible for the program. Currently, over 100 exhibitors are participating in the program - for a complete list, click here.

Kate Middleton's Elegant Style London Military Awards
New York Girl Style
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, attended The Sun Military Awards at the Imperial War Museum earlier this week in London.
…Kate matched her elegant dress with stunning jewelry as well. The Duchess of Cambridge donned a ruby and diamond necklace and bracelet given to her as a wedding present by a family friend…

Laboratory Manual Harmonisation Committee issues four new information sheets
Basel, Switzerland -- December 20, 2011: Members of the Laboratory Manual Harmonisation Committee (LMHC) gathered for the organization's 25th meeting in Basel, Switzerland, to discuss the most recent developments in gemmology, to update the relevant nomenclature and disclosure terminology in the LMHC's existing Information Sheets and to finalize four new Information Sheets. MORE

True North Gems Extends Ruby Island Corundum Host by 4.7km Along Strike
Market Watch
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Dec 12, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- True North Gems Inc. (the "Company") /quotes/zigman/315113 CA:TGX +11.11% is pleased to announce the discovery of a 4.7km extension to the highly mineralized Ruby Island Trend. This ultramafic to mafic intrusive layer is host to the Aappaluttoq Ruby Deposit and numerous other chromium rich corundum showings on True North's Fiskenaesett property located in SW Greenland. The newly discovered extension, when combined with previous regional mapping, increases the mapped strike length of the Ruby Island horizon to 8.3km. This horizon is interpreted to continue to the northeast MORE

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Montepuez Mining plans to mine for rubies in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province
Macau Hub
Maputo, Mozambique, 3 Jan - Montepuez Mining, a company that was recently founded in Mozambique, plans soon to start mining for rubies, which are abundant in the Montepuez district of Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias. MORE

30 Social Media Predictions for 2012 From the Pros
Social Media Examiner
How will social media impact businesses in 2012?
We sought expert opinions from a wide range of pros you’re likely familiar with. We are grateful for the dozens of social media professionals who have written over 600 articles for us since we started Social Media Examiner in October 2009. To give you a glimpse of what we can expect in the next 12 months, we decided to tap their knowledge and expertise. Here are their predictions of where social media is headed in the next 12 months

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Step inside the Diamond Council Reading Room!

The Diamond Council of America invites AGTA members to visit our online Reading Room, which features a library of articles, videos and other resources to help your business thrive.

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