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July 18, 2012
 
 
 
 

The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Experience
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This video is the premier of a weekly ePRISM feature with AGTA Spectrum Award-winning designers. This week we talk to 2012 winner Belle B. Barer of Belle Brooke Designs! MORE

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Why "Cornflower"?
Mayer & Watt - AGTA Member
For thirty plus years I have been bemused by some of our industry's most commonly used descriptive terms. Especially at this time of year, I drive past fields of Cornflowers every morning and I wonder……… how did gem quality blue sapphires start being described as "cornflower blue"? MORE

Diamonds & Gems: Colored Gemstones 101
The Knot
Spice up your engagement ring with a little color and a lot of personal pizzazz. Colored gems have long been the favored betrothal gift for royal families -- Princess Diana sported a blue sapphire and Sarah Ferguson wore a ruby -- and a must-have for the queen's crown. Lately, brilliantly hued stones have become even more of a trend, catching on with celebs (remember the boulder-size yellow diamond Ben Affleck gave to J.Lo?) and everyday brides alike (pink diamonds are the most requested gems, with pink sapphires often serving as stand-ins for the less financially endowed). MORE

Metalsmith BenchTalk on BlogTalkRadio with AGTA Member Betty Sue King
Blog Talk Radio
My Guest this Thursday, July 12th at 3 p.m. PDT/6EDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Betty Sue King, the "Pearl Goddess."
About: Betty Sue King is the owner of King's Ransom. Specializing in fine & unique pearls, she has over 30 years of experience buying overseas.
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Fancy Colored Diamonds from Sparkles and Colors
Sparkles and Colors / Lakhi Gems Group specializes in diamonds and fancy colored diamonds in a broad array of sizes and colors.  Fine quality diamonds in rose cuts, old mine cuts and fancy cuts are available in singles, matched pairs and layouts, so you can meet all of your customers' needs!

Dash for Colour: Colour Gemstone Options
Retail Jeweller
The jewellery industry is becoming more adventurous with the gemstones it uses. Retail Jeweller looks at what's gaining popularity and issues surrounding the market. MORE

Jane Austen's Ring Sells for Five Times Estimate in Sotheby's English Literature Sale
Art Daily
This afternoon in Sotheby's English Literature, History, Children’s Books & Illustrations sale, a previously unknown gold and gem set ring belonging to the great English author Jane Austen, sold for £152,450 - more than five times its pre-sale high estimate of £20,000-30,000. Eight bidders battled for the turquoise ring, which was eventually won by an anonymous private collector over the telephone. MORE

SEC Sets Aug. Date for Conflict Minerals Vote
National Jeweler
On Aug. 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold an open meeting during which it is scheduled to vote on the "conflict" minerals provisions of Dodd-Frank, the commission announced on its website.
According to the notice, the Sunshine Act Meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. in room L-002 in the auditorium at SEC headquarters, 100 F St. NE in Washington.
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A-list bling: Angelina Jolie's Own Jewellery Line to Go On Sale in France and Monaco
Daily Mail Reporter
Actress, mother, philanthropist, most famous woman in the world.
And now Angelina Jolie can add jewellery designer to her resume.
A limited-edition jewellery collection bearing the 37-year-old A-lister's name will go on display this weekend in southern France and Monaco, with the proceeds going to charity.
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Romancing the Stones: A Look at Fall 2012 Fine Jewelry
Vogue
Think your Dior couture sequined confection is in need of just a little more sparkle? Searching for that perfect bauble to enhance your Givenchy fringes? Feel like your Martin Margiela baseball-glove shrug would benefit from a certain glittery something? No worries, Paris's fine jewelry houses have you covered--literally, in flawless diamonds, cabochon sapphires, natural pearls, Burmese rubies, and other heart-stopping gems. MORE

6 Tips to Get Your Press Release in the News, Not the Trash
The Centurion
Even in the digital age, good old-fashioned PR can be one of the most powerful and cost-effective ways to promote your company. One good editorial mention--whether in print or online--can do wonders for your company because it's coming from an objective third party and not directly from you. Not to mention, it's free. MORE

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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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