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July 11, 2012

AGTA and WJA Introduce Gem Diva Category in AGTA Spectrum Awards™
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) have introduced the creation of three new awards within the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition. The Gem Diva™ awards, sponsored by WJA, will be presented in the Bridal Wear, Evening Wear and Business/Day Wear categories. All women who enter the Spectrum Awards competition will be eligible for this category simply by marking the check -box for Gem Diva on the entry form. MORE

Colored Gemstone Renaissance
Recent trends emerging from the specialist colored gemstone shows in the United States at the beginning of this year indicated that for the high end of the market, demand is strong and prices seem to have gone through the roof. Of interest is the fact that the main sales driver is not the U.S. market but demand from the Far East. What's more, top end, untreated emeralds, rubies and sapphires, along with colored diamonds, seem to be increasingly favored by a growing number of investors who have become wary of the stock market and even commodities like gold. MORE

Celeb Jewels: AGTA Member Kabana Jewelry - Masters of the Art of Inlay
The Daily Jewel
New Mexico based jewelry line, Kabana, is rocking the, black and every color in between!
Kabana was founded by Stavros Eleftheriou in 1975. Housed in what was once an old Mission Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this historic building is now home to the skilled goldsmiths and craftspeople that make Kabana's distinctive Collections.

International Colored Gemstone Association inaugurates new head offices in Hong Kong
ICA - AGTA Member
The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) has moved its international headquarters to Hong Kong from New York, with the new offices opening in July. The offices are located in Hong Kong's gems and jewelry manufacturing district. The offices are run by a team of English and Chinese speaking staff, led by Daniel Leung, Executive Assistant to the President. MORE

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Are you ready for Pantone Color of 2012 Tangerine Tango?
Echoing the dramatic hues of sunset, Tangerine Tango took the 2012 Fashion Runways by storm. Vibrant, seductive and sophisticated, Fire Opal jewelry has been a hit with consumers. For more blooming with color fine jewelry, check out the cosmic beauty inspired Lyra Collection.

Tracking Down the World's Most Infamous Diamonds - The Dresden Green Diamond
Hamilton Jewelers - AGTA Member
Everyone loves a good mystery. Throw in glamorous players, far-away locales, and of course, exquisite and stunning gems, and you have a story that will garner rapt attention.
… Known as the "Dresden Green," this diamond has a unique apple color due to a natural exposure to radioactive materials, and is one of the rarest and largest, at 41 carats, naturally colored diamonds in the world…

G&G July eBrief
GIA - AGTA Member
The July issue of GIA's Gems & Gemology monthly eBrief covers:

  • CVD Synthetic Diamonds Identified in Hong Kong Laboratory
  • Rainbow Moonstone from Zambia and Madagascar
  • Update on Some Mogok Gem Mines and Markets
  • Rough Diamond Market Stalls on Credit Issues
  • Wronged in Hong Kong?
  • New Issue Alert: Summer 2012 G&G
  • Gems from Metamorphic Rocks MORE

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Your Clients Love The Classics!

Sparkles and Colors / Lakhi Gems Group offers a complete selection of beautiful emeralds, Madagascar rubies and Burmese sapphires.  Our AGTA Spectrum Award-winning gemstones are cut to precise standards to maximize their beauty and excite your customers.

AGTA Member Pieter Andries Hosted Annual Rock Hunt for Students of The Clariden School
Pieter Andries, certified gemologist and founder of Pieter Andries, Creators of Fine Jewelry, has been an active contributor and community partner to numerous local organizations since opening his Southlake custom jewelry store in 1983. On July 7, 2012, Andries welcomed students from The Clariden School in Southlake to his store for their 2nd Annual Rock Hunt. MORE

Jewelry Trending Now: 12 New Styles With Rutilated Quartz
JCK - AGTA Member
The stone known for its golden to reddish-brown to grey-colored needles locked inside colorless quartz is poised for popularity thanks to a convergence of ideas from couturiers and jewelry designers. While yellow gold accessories were prevalent on spring runways, ornate, golden embroidery was widespread on catwalks for fall. And in jewelry, sunny-colored stones like yellow diamonds, beryl, and rutilated quartz have been in wide use at many 2012 shows. At the crossroads of both fashion and jewelry, rutilated quartz is a warm, abundant gem with a graphic effect that complements highly embellished couture. MORE

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Trends: The Cocktail Hour
Professional Jeweler
Cocktail culture is all the rage and ladies want a statement ring that will let their fingers do the talking while they are sipping drinks. Juliet Hutton-Squire & Maia Adams of Adorn Insight talk us through how this trend has evolved from a simple stone ring to modern fine jewellery mini artworks. MORE

Beyond "mere" Interactivity: Four Content Strategies that can Revitalize Your Brand
Social Media Today
Social media has changed the game entirely for entrepreneurial organizations eager to build their reputations, expand their brand communities, and attract new customers. Today the size and current reach of your organization are no longer limiting factors on how vigorously your brand can grow. 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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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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