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Jan. 16, 2013
Special Designs, Rich Color Rule Golden Globes
Hollywood's embrace of color continues in apparel and accessories on the red carpet at the 70th annual Golden Globe® Awards, January 13. The buzz was for customized creations like Naomi Watts' oxblood Zac Posen and Julianne Moore's graphic black and white Tom Ford that broke from the status quo body-conscious bias-cut dress, strapless mermaid silhouette and princess ball gown.
The most memorable jewels were special designs in rich color, like Watts custom-made Lorraine Schwartz blackened lavender jade, ruby and diamond earrings with more than 15-carats of rubies, and an 8-carat ruby and diamond ring; and Moore in a Bulgari platinum ring with nearly 10 carats of emerald.

Welcome New Year: Lucky (20)13
Happy New Year! While I don't necessarily love all the recapping-ad-nauseam, compulsive-list-compiling, and (probably) fruitless-resolution-drafting that accompanies the end of one year and start of the next, there IS something nice about a shiny clean slate.
I will be busy finding the most beautiful and interesting examples of Pantone's Color of the Year for 2013: Emerald Green.

These two exceptional rings with Zultanite gemstones were designed by David Hrubec. David was born in one of Europe's nurseries of art: In the ancient city of Prague. The Zultanite gems were cut by award winning cutters, brothers Ralph and Rudi Wobito from Ontario, Canada.
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The World of Spinels
Gem 2000 - AGTA Member
Taking its rightful place in the world of gems, Spinel has definitely arrived. The discovery of the Tanzanian reds and pinks helped this beautiful gem finally get the credit it deserves. We find that using a country of origin name along with Spinel, i.e.: Burmese Spinel, helps remind everyone that these are natural gems actually mined at these sources. MORE

Golden Globe Glitters with Gems at StyleLab's Jewelry Suite Curated by Stylist Michael O'Connor
We always love it when red carpet events come around! It's so much fun to hit all the different suites. The most unusual is the StyleLab Suite held in a secret location (sssshhh!) Curated by stylist and jewelry expert Michael O'Connor, this suite is typically on every stylist's itinerary particularly because it's not the jewelry you have seen on everyone else. MORE

Everyone is welcome to come play, sing or listen at the jewelry and gemstone industry's annual music jam - AGTA GemJammin' - at GENTLE BEN'S BREWERY on Thursday, February 7th in Tucson. This fantastic event brings together an incredible amount of musical talent each year. The cover is only $10 at the door, with all proceeds going to Jewelers For Children. Click here for more information.

Gerald Sisk, Jewelry TV Co-Founder, Dies at 59
Multichannel News
Gerald D. Sisk Jr., co-founder and executive vice president of Jewelry Television, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning, Jan. 13, according to the network, which said his death was unexpected. He was 59 years old and is survived by his wife Karen, his mother, a sister and several other relatives. The shopping network has posted a memorial Web page at this link. MORE

Aurora Collection Wins! Court rules in favor of Bronstein
The Roskin Gem News Report - AGTA Member
Alan Bronstein, owner of Aurora Gems, one of New York's premier fancy colored diamonds houses, has been in court for several years now, trying to protect the Aurora Pyramid of Hope and the Butterfly of Peace - both wonderful fancy colored diamonds collections - from being broken up and sold off piece by piece by the great nephew of Bronstein's former (and now deceased) partner and step-father, Harry Rodman. At question was whether or not the contract passing of the business from Rodman & Bronstein to Bronstein alone was conducted fairly and properly, and whether or not the distant family members were now somehow entitled to the diamond collections. MORE

Some Of The Biggest Diamond Events of 2012
The Daily Jewel
Diamonds are supposed to be forever, but the reality is that economic and environmental factors influence their presence in our lives. 2012 was a year that was punctuated with jewelry highs and lows, but trade experts agree that it was an exciting year indeed for the business and for people who simply love jewelry. Let's take a look at some of the more significant diamond and gemstone events of the past year. MORE

Exotic Gemstone and Wood Cases Available For Your Smartphone
Gems and Jewelry
Sure, there are iPhone cases that can be dropped off large buildings or dunked in water, but what if you want your smartphone to make a design statement? Case-Mate's Crafted Collection started with Woods, a series of three cases made from exotic wood sourced from around the world, surrounded by brushed aluminum. At this year's CES 2013, the company unveiled 12 new additions to the Crafted Collection, from pearl to gemstone. MORE

On Facebook Marketing: Avoid the Prize Pigs
INSTORE Magazine - AGTA Member
Facebook seems like a simple path: More fans equal more reach, and more reach equals more sales. So, how do we get more fans? The strategy du jour is contests and promotions. But what many don't understand is they can be fraught with peril if not done correctly. Let's take a closer look. MORE

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