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Oct. 17, 2012

Introducing the 2013 AGTA 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: MORE

Andrew Sarosi AGTA Charter Member Passes
AfricaGems - AGTA Member
Andrew Sarosi passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October 11, 2012. Born in Hungary in 1938, Sarosi was a Holocaust survivor and came to the United States seeking a new life in 1956. After a series of odd jobs, he found himself in Southern California- where he started his gemstone legacy in 1968 by traveling to the San Carlos Indian Reservation and purchasing rough Peridot. He was one of a group of gem dealers to start showing in the old Holiday Inn Tucson, which eventually transformed into the AGTA Tucson show. For the next 40 years he was a regular fixture at all of the Tucson and AGTA shows. MORE

AGTA "Platinum Honors" winning Platinum Earrings with two perfectly matched Zultanite Briolettes (Total CTW: 25.15 carats).  These Eye Clean (Flawless) Zultanite Briolettes were cut by award winning cutters Ralph and Rudi Wobito from Ontario, Canada. The earrings retail for $19,875. Wonder what they wholesale for? Send us an email:

Sarah Leonard Jewelers Proves You Can Be All Things To All People
Westwood Village, CA--AGTA Member Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers is all over the map in its inventory selection, but in a good way. Over the years, when people ask its president, David Friedman, "Are you low, middle or high end," his quick response is simply "Yes." While that philosophy runs counter to today's conventional business wisdom of not trying to be all things to all people, it's made this store a continued success. MORE

Yellow Sapphire Update
Gem 2000 - AGTA Member
Popular for many years, fancy color sapphires have claimed their rightful place in the world of gems. The yellow color is among the favorites, of which certain shades duplicate the desirable yellow diamond colors. Up to the late 1990’s, all yellow sapphires were either unheated or basically "just heated". This has changed, at present, they are divided into unheated, beryllium treated and "just heated". MORE

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Bring it to Life with high quality single stones, matched pairs, and suites from Gem 2000.

Fine Brazilian, well cut gems with excellent clarity and color change in a great selection of singles and matched pairs. Fine melee 2.5mm + also available.
For over 27 years, Gem 2000 has been importing fine gems from all world sources in a large range of materials, offering exceptional service and expertise to our customers.

World Record Ruby and Sapphire Rush
OMI Gems - AGTA Member
In the spring of this year, a new gem rush occurred in northeastern Madagascar, about 15 miles south of Didy village. Parcels of fine blue sapphires emerged in the local market in early April. The mining site, which is located in one of Madagascar's newest national parks, Makira Natural Park, in the Ankeniheny-Zahamena corridor, was invaded by thousands of miners following the discovery of the large sapphires. MORE

Gemfields Profit and Revenue More than Doubles
Colored gemstone mining and marketing company and AGTA Member, Gemfields, reported that revenue from sales increased 108 percent to $83.7 million, year-over-year, for the year ended June 20. Pre-tax profit for the same period increased 140 percent to $47.8 million. 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!


AGS Announces 2013 Conclave Speaker Roster and Emcee
American Gem Society - AGTA Member
October 12, 2012, Las Vegas. The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix is an historic location that has greeted celebrities, politicians, and in 2013, the iconic site will add the American Gem Society to its list of luminaries. The Society will hold its annual Conclave at the Biltmore on April 24-27. Today the Society announced its roster of national speakers presenting at the annual event.
Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, will kick off Conclave with the opening keynote. Mike is an author of nine books, the host of a number one rated weekend hit on FOX news, and has "The Mike Huckabee Show" heard on more than 175 radio stations. Mike's motivational presentation will focus on leadership

Jewelers Mutual offers a reliable option for personal jewelry insurance coverage
Bloomberg Businessweek
As some personal jewelry insurance providers leave the marketplace, AGTA Member Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company stresses their long-standing history within the industry as the jewelry insurance experts for jewelry businesses as well as customers' personal jewelry. MORE

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AGTA eLearning Platform - Affordable Web-based Training
The Holiday season is right around the corner and what better way to prepare than by increasing the knowledge base of the front-line sales associate.  With knowledge comes confidence, and with confidence comes sales.  Access to the platform is FREE to AGTA members for up to five associates, then only $25 per person. Click here for more details or non-member pricing.

Facebook tests 'Want,' 'Collect' buttons and muscles in on Pinterest's turf
The Washington Post
According to a report from TechCrunch, Facebook is testing different features of the tool, known as Collections, with separate segments of its 1 billion users.
Facebook users will be able to elect the "Want" button and send selected products to their "Wishlist," which is visible to users' extended networks -- friends of friends. They can also "Collect" products, creating a collection gallery that would be visible only to their friends. Finally, Facebook is introducing a special version of its famous "Like" button that would also add items to the collections gallery and would be visible to the user's extended network.

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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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