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Oct. 10, 2012

MJSA's "At the Bench Live" at the 2013 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson
If you have a jewelry manufacturing component in your business, the Tools, Technology and Supplies (TTS) Pavilion at the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson will be a key destination for you in 2013! This pavilion is dedicated to all aspects of jewelry manufacturing and repair. The TTS Pavilion will be open Tuesday, February 5th through Friday, February 8th from 9:30a.m. - 6:00p.m. MJSA's "At the Bench Live" demonstrations will be offered in the pavilion Tuesday through Friday. MORE

Conversations: Katey Brunini of K. Brunini Jewels
Contemporary Jewelry Design Group - AGTA Member
Fearless. Forward. Fierce. Katey Brunini of K. Brunini Jewels has a way of capturing the transient beauty of nature. Katey's aesthetic and persona carve out the essence at the heart of things. There is nothing extraneous or superfluous, everything working in harmony of form. I had a chance to ask Katey about her new collections, moose antlers, and power of Hope. MORE

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The first IU Awards ends with the grand presentation ceremony in Hong Kong
International Colored Gemstone Association - AGTA Member
The IU Awards presentation ceremony was held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Hall on September 21. Around 200 people gathered at the grand foyer to celebrate and appreciate the winning pieces.
IU Awards is the first international gem-cutting and jewelry design competition dedicated to promoting colored gemstones. "IU" stands for the initials of International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) and UBM Asia. There are two categories in the IU Awards competition: jewellery design and gem-cutting.

New Book Celebrating Jewellery: Exceptional Jewels of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Available
Gems and Jewelry
From the magnificent 34.98 Beau Sancy diamond, to the regal emeralds and diamonds on the tiara formerly owned by Princess Katherina Henckel von Donnersmarck -- every jewel tells a story. Now two of Sotheby's top jewelry specialists who have been involved with some of the world's most important sales have published a new book showcasing some of the most iconic jewels from the 19th and 20th centuries. MORE

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David Brown: Inventory Levels On the Rise Again
If there is one truth to jewelry retailing it would be this: Purchasing inventory is easy … it's purchasing the right inventory that is the difficult part.
One positive of the recent economic events has been the need for jewelers to think much more carefully about how they are spending their money -- in particular the biggest outlay, which is the purchasing of product.

Howard Rubin Educational Foundation Scholarship
The Daily Jewel
The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce a scholarship fund created to honor the memory of Howard Rubin, NAJA's National Secretary, who passed away earlier this year.
The Howard Rubin Educational Foundation was formed to advance education relating to gem and jewelry personal property appraising and to assist NAJA members through scholarships for educational development to improve their capabilities by attending courses, classes, workshop and conferences.

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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.

Rio Tinto's $60 million pink diamonds arrive to London's palace
Rio Tinto (LON, ASX, NYSE: RIO) have started showing Tuesday its rare Argyle pink diamonds at London’s Kensington Palace in a collection that features more than $60 million in jewellery made with the coloured gems.
The exhibition, entitled "Out of the Vault: Pink Diamonds and Royalty," unveils the tales of the Argyle pink diamonds and their experiences with the royal families, sultans, maharajas and other colourful clientele.

The Ever-Growing World of Stuller
JCK - AGTA Member
Have you met Stuller? Founded in 1970 by Matt Stuller, the Louisiana-based company has been a force in the jewelry industry ever since. A name instantly recognizable by jewelry retailers the world over, Stuller specializes in the manufacture and distribution of both finished jewelry and jewelry-related products. And while the retail world often turns to Stuller for bridal necessities like semimounts and wedding bands (take a look at the new Spexton collection), many of its recent additions, including a colorful collection of pendants, appeal to the growing emphasis on fashion and fun. MORE

AGTA Members, sign up now for the FedEx Advantage® discount program. Once you submit your enrollment application, you'll be automatically entered in the sweepstakes and eligible to play the game with hundreds of prizes totaling $25,000. Every eligible FedEx® shipment you make – up to 50 – from Sept. 12, 2012, through Nov. 7, 2012, becomes another chance to reinvigorate your business by winning up to $10,000. You also have a shot at winning one $25 reward card every day you ship.

Tips for Updating Your Company's Social Media Policy
As social media continues to evolve, it's important for us to keep up with the changes. Back in 2009, Mashable published one of the first articles about what to include in a social media policy. It is still relevant today, but social media has changed.
This year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued three reports regarding social media in the workplace. The last one was specifically focused on social media policies.

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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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