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Sep. 12, 2012

Election Results for 2013 AGTA Board of Directors
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced the results of the 2013 AGTA Board of Directors election. The incoming Directors were all elected to three-year terms. These Directors will take office at the 2013 AGTA Board of Directors Meeting in Tucson, AZ, in February. MORE

AGTA Spectrum Awards Deadline Next Week!
The deadline for entries for the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition is next Friday, September 21st. All entry forms must be submitted by this date whether you are shipping your pieces to AGTA in Dallas or dropping off your piece at the New York drop-off on October 2nd. MORE

Jewel In The Crown
The Zoe Report - Accesszoeries
Honoring the first day of New York Fashion Week in proper statement-making form, we put together a very special feature for your accessory-addicted hearts. Behold, we queried our favorite jewelers, including AGTA Member Kara Ross, to pick out the most prized piece from each of their respective fall collections! But of course we couldn’t stop there, so we did the unthinkable and asked them how they would style said gem. MORE

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Phenomenal Zultanite

In daylight Zultanite shows a greenish hue while it displays a raspberry pink under candlelight. Please experiment yourself: Sometimes it is champagne, sometimes olive green, depending of the light, the time of the day and what you are wearing.  Please contact us for your memo selection: More information at

Conversations: AGTA Member Todd Reed
CJDG - AGTA Member
AGTA Member Todd Reed has been making exceptional, handmade jewelry showcasing raw diamonds and responsibly sourced materials since 1992. In June 2012, Todd debuted his new men's collection, featuring eloquent designs that look hand-hewn from the mountain ranges and creek beds of his home base in Boulder, Colorado. MORE

It's All About Design at AGTA Member Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches
"Everything is about design," says AGTA Member Susan Eisen, chief design officer of Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches. "Creating departments in your store, advertising, marketing, display and, of course, jewelry; it all comes back to design."
Eisen began her design career with a background in art and art metals, then moved into jewelry. For her customers, she's done a wide variety of designs. "We do some design from scratch, some we modify, some we redesign, some jewelry we add to. Design is a big, huge word. It covers a lot of territory."

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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.

JCK Asks…AGTA Member Alishan
JCK - AGTA Member
Some designers are devoted to diamonds. Others mix and match a rainbow's spectrum of colored stones. Still more are die-hard goldsmiths. Alishan Halebian, however, is tougher to characterize. His jewelry incorporates such materials as platinum, gold, sterling silver, ancient glass, and ebony wood. He's not fickle; he’s simply looking to test his, ahem, mettle. MORE

American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) To Conduct On-Site Testing During the Hong Kong Show September 2012
AGL - AGTA Member
American Gemological Laboratories will be performing on-site testing of colored stones for Identification, Enhancement and Origin reports during the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair from the 19th to the 25th of September 2012. MORE

Calling all AGTA Members!  Looking for a place where you can connect with your peers?  Need information on a gemstone or have a callout for a special gemstone?  The AGTA Member Community Facebook Group is just the place for you!  On our new community site AGTA Members can discuss business-related issues with each other in a secure setting.  Click here and request to be part of the group!

For the Spring 2013 Pantone Fashion Palette, Designers Serve up a Fruit Salad of Color
Green is the *new green* for Spring 2013, with Tender Shoots announcing the first signs of the season in a beautiful yellow-gree hue, with subtle shadings of hushed Grayed Jade & light/airy Linen and not-so-subtle splashes of lively Sophisticated Emerald. Exotic African Violet brings a touch of intrigue to the palette and versatility - given the way purples lend themselves to so many different & unexpected combinations - such as Poppy Red, Nectarine, or Lemon Zest. And at the end of this tutti-frutti colored day, Dusk Blue gives way to inky Monaco Blue MORE

Social Media Bring Fashion to the Masses
Kate Ogata inherited a love for fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff from her mother, who taught her to search for deals on clothing so she could afford to splurge on the designer's pricey handbags…Ogata never would have predicted that her designer devotion would send her to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York for Rebecca Minkoff's 2013 spring runway show on Friday… Ogata wouldn't have made it to fashion's holy grail this year without a little help from modern technology.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
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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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