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Aug. 01, 2012
AGTA's Mary Lou Keen Wins WJA Award for Excellence!
Congratulations to AGTA's very own Mary Lou Keen, Trade Show Manager, for winning the WJA Award for Excellence in the Special Services category! The 29th Annual Gala was held Monday evening at the Chelsea Pier in New York City. All nominees were recognized for their talents and honored for their amazing contributions to the industry. Mary Lou is not only a vital part of the AGTA family but a shining star in the industry! MORE

Trendwatch: Light the Torch
Contemporary Jewelry Design Group
We're looking forward to the lighting of the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympic Games. If you can't be there in person, we suggest you walk into a room wearing this fine jewelry. Just watch. The whole room will be aflame. MORE

The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Experience
This is the latest video of the weekly ePRISM series with AGTA Spectrum Award-winning designers. This week we talk to 2012 winner Deirdre Featherstone of Featherstone Design! MORE

Jewelers of America Names JCK Veteran For Top Spot
The national trade association for fine jewelry retailers in the U.S. has tapped a jewelry industry veteran and the former manager of a competing tradeshow for its top post.
Jewelers of America said Sunday that it has named David Bonaparte as its president and CEO. He will succeed Matthew A. Runci when he retires at year's end, after leading the trade association for 17 years. Bonaparte will work with Runci starting October 1, officially taking the helm on January 1, 2013.

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Sparkles and Colors Promotes Khushboo Signature Jewelery

epKhushboo believes that the greatest beauty is the raw spontaneity of environment and implicates this in to her designs by keeping the original shapes of diamonds and stones intact; emphasizing the earthy mood of her collection! This is why it so naturally complements every aspect of your persona, your boldness, your pride and most importantly your smile. Enjoy nature, embrace beauty!  For more information call 212-944-7575 or email

Teen Jewelry Fashion on the Red Carpet
Jewelry News Network
There was a variety of color and fashion among the young stars who attended the Teen Choice 2012 awards Sunday at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif.
Long earrings and big, bold rings boasting bright color were among the items worn by the celebrities.
Several pieces from AGTA Members were spotted on the red carpet; including pieces from Tresor, Le Vian and Adeler!

Q & A with Romy Schreiber of Gumuchian
Gem Gossip
AGTA Member Gumuchian is the epitomy of upscale, family-run, classically gorgeous jewelry design. Anita Gumuchian and daughters Myriam and Patricia are the forces behind this company, who pride themselves on their slogan--"designed by women for women." After achieving much success worldwide, the brand has decided to conquer the world wide web. MORE

Diamonds and Pearls Come Together in Elyria Jewelry
Just Luxe
AGTA Member Elyria Jewels is the heart and soul of luxury jewelry designer Elisa Browsh. She founded Elyria in 1996 after becoming inspired by the versatility of rare and unusual Tahitian pearls from the South Pacific. Browsh seeks the most unique and beautiful pearls available on the international market in order to provide her clientele with truly remarkable and one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry--in short, only the best. MORE

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Exclusive Insurance NOW AVAILABLE!


American Gem Trade Association has partnered with Association Health & Business Programs to bring AGTA Members exclusive insurance offerings:

- Health
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To begin the process, please call 888-450-3040 or fill out our quick & easy online application.

'The Jeweler’s Jeweler' Turns 100
Family Business
The lobby of AGTA Member Oscar Heyman Brothers' New York office, like many reception areas, isn't lavish or ostentatious. But in this case, the lobby's neat simplicity surprises visitors. After all, the Heyman family makes jewelry for houses like Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as under their own name, and has created pieces for famous names like Elizabeth Taylor. The company is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012. MORE

Very Useful Links
Fusion Jewelry
A little knowledge is a powerful thing. . .
Now that you’ve learned a little about us, our jewels and our community, we figured you might want to know even more. Here’s a good place to start.
Yearning to learn more about rocks, gems and minerals? Us too. Here’s where we turn for credible information. The American Gem Trade Association very likely has the answer to your questions.

How To Use Pinterest to Advance Your Organization
Social Fish
Pinterest is an online social media platform that enables members to pin images to pinboards, save them, name them, describe them, and share them. It is an online community for collecting and sharing visual images. It offers some distinct advantages over other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter that can be a powerful way to augment your organization’s community outreach and inbound marketing. 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.

IGI, the Standard
of Excellence
in Gemology
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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