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Nov. 14, 2012

AGTA GemFair™ Tucson - A Learning Experience
The American Gem Trade Association's annual GemFair in Tucson, AZ, each February is an opportunity for anyone involved in colored gemstones and pearls to learn more about this margin-friendly product category. Whether it is formal educational sessions or the valuable networking opportunities, the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson offers a wealth of information for those who want to build and expand this part of their business. 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:

AGTA Members Honored by the Gem-A in London
Gem-A - AGTA Member
Three members of the AGTA have received honors from the Gem-A in London. Bear Williams, Richard Drucker, and Antoinette Matlins were all elected to Fellowship of the Gem-A in recognition for their outstanding contributions to the field of gemology on November 5th during the Gem-A graduation ceremonies at the prestigious Goldsmith's Hall in London. MORE

One of a Kind: Individuality, Integrity, and Innovation in Fashion
Initiatives in Art and Culture
"One of a kind." A descriptor used so casually that we might forget that in every domain there is that which truly stands head and shoulders above the rest. This, the extraordinary, is the focus of the 2012 New York Fashion Conference.
Initiatives in Art and Culture announces "One of a Kind" a two day conference that explores iconic individuals and institutions whose contributions - whether in terms of singular designs, entrepreneurial accomplishment, or aesthetic vision - have played critical roles in defining modern fashion.

A great selection in sherry, peach, and golden shades of Precious and Imperial Topaz. Fine single stones as well as calibrated smaller sizes, all clean, well cut and lively in a range of sizes suitable for all your calls.

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.

GIA Hosts Seminars: The Gemstones of East Africa
The Roskin Gem News Report - AGTA Member
Building on its beneficiation initiatives in Africa, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will sponsor and host educational seminars on colored gemstones in Kenya and Tanzania on Nov. 13 and 14, respectively. Robert Weldon, GIA's manager of photography and visual communications and a noted expert on colored gems, will discuss the role of East African gemstones in the global marketplace. MORE

2012-2013 International Pearl Design Competition Winners
Cultured Pearl Association
Francis Mastoloni, President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc. proudly announces the winners of CPAA'S 2012-2013 International Design competition. "We are very happy with the success of this year's competition, entries from 13 countries we received" Mr. Mastoloni reported. MORE

Hope in a Jewel or Jar, or Both
Today, I've tried on the glow of gold, the magic of tourmaline and the luster of pearls. Usually, I clasp precious metals and gemstones around my neck, slide them on my fingers or dangle them from my ears (especially the-dangle them from my ears-bit)- to add a little sparkle around my face (as per my grandmother's directions). However today, I am wearing these jewels, crushed and mixed into serums and potions that promote such attributes as rejuvenating the circulation of the skin, creating a youthful, iridescence and/or acting as a natural exfoliate. MORE

GIA Announces New Governor, Bids Farewell to Outgoing Members
GIA - AGTA Member
The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Board of Governors welcomed Lisa Locklear as its newest member during the Institute's November board meeting in Carlsbad, and said a fond goodbye to retiring governors Fred Levinger, Roland Naftule and Steve Relyea. MORE

Estée Lauder's Jewelry Collection To Be Auctioned Off By Sotheby's
Gems and Jewelry
In the high-end auction business, provenance is everything. When jewelry owned by style icons Estee Lauder and her daughter-in-law, Evelyn, comes on the block, that's provenance. But when one of those pieces includes an enormous diamond previously owned and worn by the Duchess of Windsor, that's provenance to the nth power. MORE

Hidden Jewels Spotlighted in New Book
Everyone knows about Place Vendôme jewelers, but what about the hidden, edgy designers who are hanging diamonds on cord and carving up pearls?
That's the subject of French author Olivier Dupon's latest tome, "The New Jewelers." Released in the U.S. this week, it spotlights 108 designers from 19 different countries, categorized into nine chapters ranging from "Cool Luxury" to "The Avant-Gardists." Published by Thames & Hudson, the 288-page book features 800 photographs and sketches.

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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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