AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Buyer Pre-Registration Deadline December 14th
The deadline for pre-registration for buyer badges at the 2013 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson is December 14th, 2012. If you do not have your registration form in prior to this date, you will be able to register and pick up your badges onsite in Tucson. If you attended AGTA GemFair™ Tucson as a buyer in 2012, you are automatically registered for 2013. Those who submit a valid email address when registering will receive an email confirmation. All registered buyers in the United States and Canada will receive their badges in early- to mid-January for the show, which runs from February 5th - 10th. International companies can pick up their badges onsite. It is important to note that the AGTA is working through all of the current registration applications and you will be notified as soon as possible. MORE
Fashion Designer Kevan Hall's 2013 Spring Collection Presented by AGTA
Los Angeles-based designer Kevan Hall unveiled his Spring 2013 collection December 5th with an intimate runway production at his atelier, presented by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), harkening back to the salon presentations of the 1950's. Celebrities including Estelle, Teri Hatcher, who made it a mother-daughter date night with daughter Emerson Rose Tenney, Virginia Madsen, Mayim Bialik, Alfre Woodard, Twilight's Christian Serratos and more were in attendance to take in the drama on the runway. MORE
The 2013 Color of the Year: Pantone 17-5641 EMERALD
The 2012 color of the year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. Emerald, a vivid verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight as well as promoting balance and harmony.
Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity. MORE
Engagement 101 Announces the Top 8 Best Wedding Rings of 2012
Eight of the best engagement rings and wedding bands of the year were chosen by couples about to get engaged or married for Engagement 101's second annual Bridal Jewelry Awards. Thousands of men and women visited YourEngagement101.com to cast their vote for their favorite "ring of the year" in eight unique categories. It has to be noted that 3 winners out of 8 won with bi-color wedding rings. Also, all but one of the winning engagement rings featured a square cut center stone instead of a classic round. MORE
G&G December eBrief
GIA - AGTA Member
The December issue of GIA's Gems & Gemology monthly eBrief covers:
- Optimistic Signs for Fall Season
- Diamond with Diopside-Pyrope Contact Inclusion Pair
- Zoned Scapolite from India
- Carved Curiosities
- Tao Hsu Named G&G Technical Editor
- Gemstone Stability
Smithsonian to unveil largest aquamarine gem
The world's largest cut aquamarine gem will soon go on display in its new home at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
The museum will unveil the obelisk-shaped Dom Pedro gem Thursday for long-term display. The blue-green crystal was mined in Brazil in the late 1980s and is named for Brazil's first two emperors. MORE
AJDC Announces 2013 New Talent Contest
American Jewelry Design Council, Inc.
The American Jewelry Design Council is accepting applications for its annual New Talent Contest. The winner is awarded a booth in the New Designer Gallery at the July Jewelers of America Show in New York City. The winner is the focus of extensive media attention. This high-profile competition has successfully launched the careers of past winners and the entire jewelry industry eagerly awaits the New York debut of the AJDC's pick. In addition, the winner receives professional support from members of the AJDC on making the step to larger markets. MORE
Gem org. offering its annual tour of Tucson shows
The World Gem Society (WGS) once again will offer a "tour" of the Tucson shows to anyone who wants guidance on buying gemstones there.
The WGS' Tour of Tucson 2013 is scheduled for Feb. 5 to 9, beginning each morning at 9 a.m. from the Holiday Inn on Grant Avenue.
The WGS notes that AGTA registration should be the first priority, as that badge will make it easy to get into other shows. MORE
Laurence Graff Buys 50-Ct. Diamond for Third Time, Pays $8.3 Million
Jewelry News Network
A 50-carat, rectangular-cut, D-color, potentially flawless diamond ring by Graff sold for $8.37 million at Christie's New York Magnificent Jewels auction Tuesday. The buyer? Laurence Graff.
The final lot of the auction was a rare fancy reddish-orange diamond of 3.15 carats. The stone is the largest reddish orange diamond ever graded at the Gemological Institute of America. MORE
The World's Most Expensive Handbag
If diamonds are a girls best friend then this glinting masterpiece is certain to have every lady swooning over the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse -- officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's most expensive handbag at $3.8 million! MORE