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Sep. 19, 2012

Introducing the 2013 Spectrum Awards™ Judges
The American Gem Trade Association is pleased to announce its panel of judges for the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™. Each year AGTA assembles an expert panel from different facets of the industry to judge the Spectrum Awards jewelry design and gemstone competition, and this year is no exception. The judges are:
Abby Huhtanen, Fine Jewelry Buyer, Bergdorf Goodman
Candace Edelman, Sales Manager/ Color Stone Stylist, Alex Sepkus, Inc.
Kimberly McDonald, Designer, Kimberly McDonald Fine Jewelry
Kiwon Jang, Cutter, President of KLM Technology, Inc.
Jennifer Heebner, Senior Editor, JCK Magazine


Register Today for the 2013 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson!
At the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson, from February 5 - 10, 2013, in the safe, secure comfort of the Tucson Convention Center, you will find the best selection of colored gemstones and pearls along with an expanded Tools, Technology and Supplies Pavilion. You'll connect with US- and Canada-based professionals who adhere to a strict ethical code that supports quality, value and selection-sources you can trust! Plus, the seminars and workshops will educate and inspire! Please note that the deadline to register is now December 14th, 2012!  So don't wait, click here and register today!

Emmy Trends Preview by Michael O'Connor of MovieStyle
The Carat Diet
Michael O'Connor, leading style expert and host of MovieStyle with Michael O'Connor on Reelz Channel, has given us a sneak peek of his curated selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from world-renowned designers, including the AGTA Collection, for celebrities to borrow for the Emmys Red Carpet on September 23rd. From multi-colored gemstone earrings to diamond cufflinks, O'Connor will accessorize Hollywood's leading stars with the most exquisite, highest quality jewelry. MORE

David Gardner's Jewelers Shows Its Texas A&M Spirit
JCK - AGTA Member
At Texas A&M University, it's almost tradition that students who have been seriously dating get engaged during senior year. And though College Station, Texas, the school's hometown, boasts about a dozen jewelry stores, sweethearts shopping for rings are likely to start their journey at AGTA Member David Gardner's Jewelers. The store, opened by husband and wife David and Julia Gardner in 1983, has made the college's revolving door of roughly 55,000 students its primary demographic… 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

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

  • Lead Glass-Filled Synthetic Ruby
  • Coated Cat's-Eye Gypsum
  • Citrine from Zambia
  • DTC Sight: Selling Rough for Less
  • Coral Exam?
  • G&G iPad App
  • Diamond Basics, Part 1: Diamond Type MORE

Introducing JEM - Jewelers Employment Manual
JVC - AGTA Member
JVC's JEM - Jewelers Employment Manual can help you develop and implement common-sense policies and procedures to create a positive workplace and avoid costly employment lawsuits. MORE

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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


NYFW SPRING 2013 Jewelry-Trend Short List, the Wrightsman Jewels at Sotheby's, and the Met's Costume Institute Goes Punk
Jewel History
As New York Fashion Week closes, we'll have all those gorgeous pinks, greens, and blues to look forward after the 2013 thaw. The jewelry on the runways often was as colorful as the clothes, like Libertine's kaleidoscopic mix of beads, or Oscar de la Renta's color-coordinated floral necklaces. There were also white colliers, wrought-iron and rigid, as well as jagged black bracelets, pearls (Anna Sui tossed them around like Queen Elizabeth I), and a few well done cuff bracelets and delicate drop earrings. MORE

Bring Back the Brooch
Wall Street Journal
The jeweled pin has shed its stuck-in-the-past reputation. Get ready for a new and unusual crop of brooches on your sweater, handbag and even hairdo. To the modern woman, the word "brooch'" conjures images of a prim, social-register grandmother--a sister accessory to the pillbox hat. That seems unfair. After all, its fellow bits of bijoux like the earring and necklace, don't have such fussy connotations. But this season, the brooch is beloved, appearing in myriad forms across the fall runways… 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!

Blake Lively's Engagement Ring: How Much Did it Cost?
Gossip Girl's Blake Lively wore a stunning couture gown by Marchesa for her secret wedding to hunky Ryan Reynolds, but it's her blinged-out engagement ring that has caught the fashion world's eye…
Adelaide Polk-Bauman, an expert at Forevermark Diamond, tells Shine that Lively's pretty new rock is a pale pink diamond solitaire set in rose gold. "The ring looks particularly high grade in terms of color and brilliance," says Polk-Bauman.

The ROI of Social Media
MDG Advertising
Is social media marketing effective? That's the question being asked as more and more businesses are investing in increasing amounts of social media marketing. With no standard means of measurement, there's a wide variety of goals and metrics used to define the ROI of social strategies. Fortunately, this enlightening infographic, developed by MDG Advertising, helps clear up the confusion by outlining the objectives, benefits and factors that affect the success of social media 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.

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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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