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Oct. 31, 2012

2013 GemFair Tucson Tools Pavilion
GemFair is the Ultimate Destination for any Buyers of Fine Gemstones, Jewelry, Tools and Technology! The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is pleased to announce the new Tools, Technology and Supplies (TTS) Pavilion at the 2013 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson. 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. MORE

2013 Annual AGTA Spectrum Awards | A World of Color
My Life on (and off) the Guest List
I had the pleasure of once again attending the AGTA Spectrum Awards and I must say the pieces were even more beautiful and enchanting than last year's (if that's even possible). As with every year, we had to choose three pieces as our favorites to vote as Editor's Favorite. If you thought I had a difficult time last year, this time was amazingly worse and when you see the pieces, you'll understand why. The preview of award winners and submissions featured pieces that boasts outstanding quality, craftsmanship and design. 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:

Oscar Heyman: Celebrating 100 Years
Oscar Heyman - AGTA Member
On Wednesday, October 3, Oscar Heyman officially celebrated its 100th anniversary with a cocktail and dinner for employees, family and closest friends at the Harmonie Club in New York City. Founded in 1912, by brothers Nathan, Oscar and Harry Heyman, the company is now in its third generation and has been making exquisite hand-crafted fine jewelry ever since. MORE

Gemfields' Emerald Ring Scoops US Gem Prize
Professional Jeweller
A ring made using emeralds from Gemfields has scooped second prize at the 29th American Gem Trade Assocation's Spectrum Awards.
The competition was judged between October 20 to 21 in New York, with judges including Jennifer Heebner of JCK Magazine, fine jewellery buyer Abby Huhtanen from Bergdorf Goodman and lapidarist Kiwon Jang choosing the winning pieces.

An amazing selection of super well cut gorgeous Blue Zircons from Cambodia (1-20ct+), Rose, Brown, Yellow, Honey, and Greens from Tanzania and Sri Lanka. Every stone super well cut and clean, great price points for so much shine and dazzle.

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.

Naomi Sarna's Tanzanite Masterpiece wins First Place at the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ 2013
Tanzanite Foundation - AGTA Member
Naomi Sarna, one of the world’s finest gemstone carvers and jewelry designers, won big at the 2013 AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) Spectrum Awards winning a total of four awards. First and second places were in Carving, while first place was also in the Phenomenal, and Men's categories alike. Her magnificent first place Tanzanite Carving was a result of Ms Sarna having traveled to Tanzania in March of 2012 to the TanzaniteOne mining operation to select the special piece of rough tanzanite required to create the largest-ever carved tanzanite, weighing a total of 725 carats. MORE

Mark Wins Four Spectrum Awards for 2013!
Mark Schneider Design - AGTA Member
Winners have been announced for AGTA's 2013 Spectrum Awards and Mark has won four in the following categories:

  • Business/Day Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation
  • Men's Wear - 3rd Place AND Men's Wear - Palladium Prestige
  • Objects of Art - 2nd Place


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Fancy Colored Diamonds from Sparkles and Colors
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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


Pamela Froman wins 2013 AGTA Spectrum Award!
Pamela Froman - AGTA Member
We're excited to announce that Pamela Froman has won the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ in the Bridal Wear Gem Diva category! The winning entry is Pamela's lacy "Ice Princess" Cuff, made of Palladium set with 3.01ctw sparkling Diamonds, and featuring an adularescent 15ct Rainbow Moonstone cabochon. This stunning piece will make any woman feel like a princess, even if it's not her wedding day! MORE

"I Would Wear That!"
Omi Gems - AGTA Member
One of the most important things I took from my education was something a female professor once said in a business course. While discussing females in the financial workplace, she recommended, "We have to dress for the job we want, not necessarily the job we have." Well, I know it was a side topic for the class at the time, but that phrase stuck with me, and as I developed my career (out of finance and into jewelry, no less) I learned to not only apply that lesson to work, but to life. 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.

Judges Named for 3rd Int'l Pearl Design Competition
The Daily Jewel
Pearl is the artist's muse. Jewelry brings forth the fullest and highest expression.
The Cultured Pearl Association of America is pleased to announce the panel of judges selected for the 2013 International Pearl Design Competition. In its third year, the IPDC, which celebrates artists' expressions of pearl jewelry, drew entries from over 13 countries. Official announcement of the winners takes place on November 1st.

Argyle Pink Diamonds - The 2012 Tender Results!
The Roskin Gem News Report - AGTA Member
Rio Tinto's 2012 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, the most exclusive diamond sale in the world, has demonstrated strong global appeal and delivered an exceptional result for its iconic gems.
Bids for this year's Tender collection of 56 single pink diamonds, including two red diamonds and an additional 19 lots of blue diamonds from Rio Tinto's Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia, closed on October 15th. The collection was keenly contested with the final results demonstrating continued strong price appreciation.

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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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