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May 02, 2012
AGTA Towers Over Times Square…Again!
For the second time this year, one of AGTA's celebrity model images from the 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ appeared over Times Square on the Reuters Sign at 43rd Ste. and 7th Ave. The featured image showed actress, writer and director Illeana Douglas, best known for her roles in movies such as Goodfellas and Cape Fear. The caption reads "Illeana Douglas wears winners of American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards." MORE

2012 AGTA GemFair™ at the JCK Las Vegas Show
AGTA - YouTube
Whether you are a designer, an overseas buyer, a retailer or simply a passionate follower of colored gemstones and cultured pearls; there is only one place to be on May 31st through June 4th 2012… The AGTA GemFair™ at the JCK Las Vegas Show! MORE

Sapphire Rush Near Kataragama
GIA - AGTA Member
In February 2012 a new sapphire deposit was discovered at a road construction site near the town of Kataragama, situated in the Monaragala District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. The area has been known as a sapphire-producing area since the end of the 1970s (Zwaan, 1981). The Sri Lankan authorities were swift to react when news of the find broke, and after a brief gem rush the deposit was secured and an auction over the mining rights was organized by the National Gem & Jewellery Authority (NGJA). Official mining activity commenced in March 2012. MORE

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Yael Designs wins 2012 JCK Jewelers Choice Award!

Imaginative and whimsical - 'Lava' Fire Opal diamond ring is certain to draw an endless stream of compliments. For more blooming with color fine jewelry, check out the cosmic beauty inspired Lyra Collection

EU to Lift Myanmar Sanctions; Still No Burma Rubies in U.S.
Luxembourg--The European Union will suspend sanctions against Myanmar (formerly Burma) for one year, says this report in the Financial Times. Embargoes on trade, asset freezes, and travel bans are being lifted, including in the mining sector. But the United States' ban on trade remains in place.
…Douglas Hucker, executive director of the American Gem Trade Association, says AGTA is working in Washington to effect that change...

AGS Conclave: Supporting artisanal gem miners
National Jeweler
Miami-- AGTA Member Edward Boehm, G.G., C.G., presented "From Mine to Market" at AGS Conclave here, sharing with the audience his experience and knowledge of ruby and spinel mines in Myanmar, Tanzania and other overseas gem-producing countries.
There are 47 primary colored gemstone producing countries in the world, Boehm said, with 80 percent of all colored gemstones coming from artisanal small-scale mining operations.

Fred Weber Receives the 2012 Robert M. Shipley Award
American Gem Society
May 1, 2012, Las Vegas. AGTA Member Fred Weber, CG, owner Weber’s Jewelers in Dayton, OH is the 2012 recipient of the American Gem Society’s Robert M. Shipley award. AGS members presented him with the award at their annual Conclave in San Francisco, CA on April 37.
Fred received the award based on his expertise and commitment to his community, personal business, the jewelry industry, and the American Gem Society, and because of his outstanding service to the AGS and his participation in local civic groups, service organizations, and industry boards.

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AGTA Updates Gemstone Enhancement Brochure
The American Gem Trade Association(AGTA) has just updated its popular Gemstones and Enhancements -– What You Should Know brochure.  This 20-page booklet provides comprehensive information on 16 common gemstones. Gemstones and Enhancements brochures are available from AGTA in packs of 50 for $25.  Click Here to order online, call Charles Murrell at 800-972-1162 or email

Gems & Gemology Has Turned a New Page: Free iPad App Now Available
GIA - AGTA Member
You can now use your iPad™ to download the free G&G mobile app so that you’re never without GIA’s in-depth coverage of colored stones and diamonds. You’ll have access to the same enlightening content and same spectacular images as the print edition - free of charge. To learn more and to download the app and Spring 2012 issue from iTunes™ now Click here.

Good VS Bad Gemstone Faceting
John Dyer - YouTube
This is a short tutorial made by gemstone artist and AGTA Member John Dyer of explaining the difference between good faceting and bad gem cutting. Red flags such as windowed or fish eye gemstones, crooked girdles, scratchy poor polish, and facets that don't meet are pointed out and explained. MORE

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Belperron's Bold Jewels
The Wall Street Journal
Geneva jewelry auctions next month will spotlight mid-20th-century French celebrity designer Suzanne Belperron and contemporary Brazilian collector and philanthropist Lily Safra.
On May 14, Sotheby's will offer Belperron's personal collection with some 60 lots, including her hammered 22-karat-gold, yin-and-yang engagement ring from 1923, adorned with an old-mine diamond, which is estimated at 11,000 Swiss francs-17,000 francs (€9,152-€14,144).

5 Tips for Great Content Curation
Mashable Social Media
You’ve heard the buzz word -- curation -- being thrown around like it's a gadget we all know how to work. In reality, good content curation isn't as simple as pushing a share button. It’s actually a combination of finding great content and following some simple best practices on how to successfully share that content. MORE

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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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since 1975

IGI, a worldwide gemological laboratory, providing objective and accurate grading, identification and appraisal reports for gemstones and fine jewelry along with laser inscription and educational courses

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