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Nov. 21, 2012
Long Time AGTA Member and Supporter Richard Krementz Passes
Richard Krementz Gemstones - AGTA Member
Richard Krementz Jr, 86, of Morristown NJ and Criehaven ME died November 21. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy, his children Rick and Betsy, and grand daughters Anna and Nastajjia. He graduated from Yale in 1949, and then joined his family's jewelry manufacturing business, Krementz & Co (later Richard Krementz Gemstones). He was an early and very active board member of the American Gem Trade Association and International Colored Stone Association, and also strongly supported the American Gem Society and Jewelers Board of Trade. MORE

2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Images Now Available
The AGTA is proud to present photos of the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ winners. All winners in the 2013 competition have been photographed to show the beauty and diversity of each piece. The photography was done by John Parrish. MORE
The entire collection is also available for your viewing pleasure. If you really like a particular piece, we have provided the names of the designers by each photograph. Please contact them directly for more information. 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:

Conversations: AGTA Member Syna
CJDG - AGTA Member
Namrata and Dharmesh Kothari of Syna have been designing their signature jewels since 2003. Their jewelry designs are classic and artfully elegant, featuring gemstones of amazing color. From the beginning, things have fallen into place for this couple, who believe in destiny, hope and the beauty of simplicity. MORE

Quest for the Perfect Pearl
NYCity Woman
The lore of the pearl is legendary, exotic and magical. Primitive societies likened pearls to the tears of mermaids or angels. Cleopatra reportedly created a lavish repast by crushing pearls into nectar. And legend has it that Pierre Cartier purchased his Fifth Avenue flagship store with $100 in cash and a double-strand, natural-pearl necklace valued at $1,000,000. MORE

From burnt orange to Fanta or mandarin orange, Spessartite garnets truly offer gems in the whole range of orange imaginable. We are proud to offer you some of these most desirable shades in fine single stones as well as beautiful matched pairs, many to choose from. We also carry some great Hessonites in the darker hues of orange.
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.

Gems & Gemology Features Pala Pieces
Pala International, Inc. - AGTA Member
Pala International is cover star of the current Gems & Gemology journal, issued last month by GIA. The specimen and stones, photographed by Robert Weldon, herald the featured article, "Gemstones from Vietnam: An Update," by Dr. Le Thi-Thu Huong and a team of coauthors. The article discusses the country's major gemstones, highlighting recent production and new finds. New information is included on the gemological properties and chemical composition of ruby, sapphire, spinel, tourmaline, garnet and peridot from the major localities. Other stones also are reviewed. MORE

Yellow Is Steady As You Go
Gemewizard - AGTA Member
In a report in this issue of the Gem Color Report, the esteemed Wall Street Journal has declared yellow to be the new color of luxury. For our part, in our January, May and July 2012 newsletter, we have been following price trends for yellow colored diamonds, taking periodical looks at how the market has been reacting. Four months after our last examination, we have decided that it would be a good opportunity to follow up on our promise to revisit the issue. MORE

The AGTA GemFair™ Tucson has been the destination for colored gemstone and cultured pearl buyers for over 30 years. GemFair has evolved from loose gemstones and pearls to include extensive lines of finished jewelry, equipment, estate dealers and industry service providers. AGTA offers a comprehensive, free seminar and bench demonstration program on-site. There are also numerous networking events each day, starting prior to the show with the AGTA's Coyote Classic Charity Golf Tournament and ending with the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Gala.

If you haven't registered to attend the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson 2013 yet, go to to complete your registration today!

A Titanic Jewelry Exhibition
Jewelry News Network
Jewelry not only defines an individual's personal style but it also provides an understanding of how people lived and what they valued at a given time in history. With this in mind an exhibition of jewels from the ill-fated RMS Titanic that opens Friday will attempt to help the public gain this understanding. It will be the first stop on a three-city tour that will end in May, 2013. MORE

Feeling the Green
Stopped by The Pier Show yesterday. As always, Drucker Antiques had an amazing selection of pieces ranging from estate contemporary to vintage Georg Jensen and Arts and Crafts period jewelry. Seek them out at shows and chat them up, they possess a rare wealth of knowledge and are lovely people.
Emeralds make beautiful gem material, and the color works well on so many woman. It's also a surprising neutral, as far as the rainbow goes, and like the leaves of trees and flower stems, there isn’t much that does not blend with this glowing, face-flattering deep blue-green.

Celebrity Jewelry Gawk™ - Dark Designs
Although vivid color has been all over the red carpet as of late, sometimes celebrities have to cross over to the dark side, even if just for a night. From dark sterling silver and blackened gold to onyx, drusy and chocolate diamonds, here are some of the best in dark designs donned by celebrities over the past few weeks. MORE

One of a Kind: Individuality, Integrity, and Innovation in Fashion
Initiatives in Art and Culture
Join luminaries from the jewelry, fashion and design worlds to celebrate colored stones! Opportunities for conversation and meeting colleagues and speakers abound at receptions such as that at Van Cleef & Arpels (Nov 29), at breaks featuring book signing and during the rich sessions themselves during the two days devoted to exploring the exceptional -- One of a Kind ! MORE

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