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Nov. 28, 2012

Thousands to be Drawn Daily at AGTA GemFair™ Tucson
AGTA will be launching the Daily Drawing where buyers can win big each day at the 2013 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson! MORE

Burma Sanctions Update from AGTA CEO
There have been recent developments with respect to the US-Burma relationship and I would like to give the Membership an update on the JADE act to let you know where we stand right now. Obviously the Obama administration is actively moving to strengthen support and diplomatic ties with the government of Myanmar with the engagement of the President of Myanmar as well as with the support and cooperation of Aung San Suu Kyi. On November 16th, the U.S. Department of State issued a statement that the government is "broadly authorizing Burmese-Origin goods to enter the United States". I have included a link to that communication below. 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 Collection Presents Fashion Designer Kevan Hall's Spring Collection
Los Angeles, CA - Widely celebrated designer Kevan Hall will present his Spring 2013 collection with an intimate runway production December 5th at his atelier on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, marking the first time Hall will stage a runway show at the loft-style space. This by-invitation-only event will attract key fashion editors, leading fashionistas and celebrities.
The show will be presented by The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Collection featuring fine jewelry by Baggins, Mark Schneider Designs, Somewhere in the Rainbow and Yael Designs.

Sparkle for Sandy Relief Auction
Greenwich Jewelers - AGTA Member
Greenwich Jewelers has partnered with members of the jewelry industry to create an online charity auction fundraiser with 100% of the auction proceeds benefitting Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative. MORE

Fine Colombian, Zambian, and Brazilian single stones as well as many fine matched pairs in a great selection of size and shape.
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.

Party Ideas - Calhoun Jewelers
Holiday Idea Center
AGTA Member Cathy Calhoun's annual gingerbread house contest is a big event in her small town of 4,500 people. This year will mark the tenth annual competition that has become so popular Calhoun is considering holding the contest at an ice-cream shop down the street from her store. MORE

Love Adorned
Elite Traveler
This holiday season, give them something to talk about and treasure for years to come. From shiny baubles, boots and bags, to bold watches and manly bling, lavish the ones you love with a little extra glitz and glam this festive season. Check out AGTA Members Sutra, Assael, Kara Ross, Temple St. Clair and Todd Reed in Elite Traveler's "Gifts of the Season!" 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!

Cuff Love
The 2012 WJA Diva Awards, now in it's 15th year has grown to include a second division that sponsors a category of the famed AGTA Spectrum Awards to honor women designers and their amazing accomplishments with colored gemstone designs. MORE

Gemfields Buys Faberge to Create Gem Champion
AGTA Member Gemfields (GEM.L) is to buy luxury jeweler Faberge from one of the colored gem miner's own shareholders, in a deal valuing the maker of lavish Easter eggs for Russia's last tsar at $142 million.
The all-share deal, if approved by minority investors, will create an integrated company that mines colored stones and uses the Faberge brand to promote their use in jewelery.

Borsheim's Fine Jewelry and Gifts: The Big Store with a Big Heart
AGTA Member Borsheim's Fine Jewelry and Gifts has a simple mission: 'We are privileged to share in the special moments in our customers' lives. We will treat this opportunity with the respect and importance it deserves.'
That mission sums up Borsheim's attitude as a company and it's a sentiment that trickles down through management to sales associates to the consumer through superior customer service.

#WordlessWednesday Spotlight on Engagement Rings!
The Daily Jewel
Diamonds - Diamonds - Diamonds....they seem to be all over the news lately!
From the covet-able engagement rings of our favorite stars to the record breaking diamonds that are selling at auction.
So, today we are going to look at some of the fun and more exciting (in my opinion) offerings in a #WordlessWednesday style!

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