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Jan. 23, 2013
Morena Baccarin Sparkles in Award-winning Homeland and Award-winning Jewelry
PR Newswire
Whether she's playing the wife of an American war hero on Showtime's Homeland, or wearing some of America's finest gemstone jewelry, Morena Baccarin does it beautifully. The Brazilian-born actress, who stars as Jessica Brody on the award-winning drama, is also a celebrity muse for the winning jewelry designs of the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™. MORE

Ben Bridge Touts Its Hot Trends for Valentine's Day
Rapaport Diamond Report - AGTA Member
Jeweler and AGTA Member Ben Bridge created a hot trends statement for Valentine's Day and engagement jewelry to engage its customers ahead of February 14. Ben Bridge's bridal buyer, Laurie Kirkman, stated that the halo design, a center stone with a frame of smaller diamonds, is "hugely popular this year" as are nature inspired themes for bridal designs. MORE

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 Show Stopping Emerald Earrings Worn by Beyonce at Obama's Inauguration - and They're Worth a Cool $1.8millon
Daily Mail
President Obama's inauguration ceremony yesterday was full of fashion moments. But Beyonce's earrings made for one of the most sensational details.
The star sang the National Anthem out with a pair of dazzling emeralds at her ears, worth a cool $1.8million, according to designer Lorraine Schwartz.

Stuller, Inc. and Gemvision Combine Sales Forces
Stuller - AGTA Member
With the goal of establishing better one-on-one relationships with customers, Stuller and Gemvision have combined their respective sales teams into one, single organization.
"Combining these two expert teams means more personalized, convenient service for our customers," says Bob Cox, vice president of business development.

Why Spectrum is so Spectacular!
OMI Gems - AGTA Member
AGTA Tucson is right around the corner and it's your opportunity to view the colorful 2013 AGTA Spectrum award winning designs and loose gems in person! Niveet Nagpal, AGTA Board member and Co-Chair of the Spectrum Awards, has a few thoughts to share about the annual competition and encourage all designers who love color to enter for 2014. 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.

Govt Plans to Open Gem Industry Hub
The Irrawaddy
The Burmese government plans to establish a jade and gemstone center in the capital Naypyidaw, where it hopes traders and investors will open stores and processing industries for the precious stones, a government official said on Monday.
Thein Swe, managing director of Myanmar Gems Enterprise of the Ministry of Mines, said it would invite businessmen to settle at the planned "Jade stores, Jade Industry and Gem Market" in order to create a business hub for Burma's gem industry in Naypyidaw.

World experts gather in York to discuss the Mystery of the Sapphire Ring
The University of York
Leading experts are gathering in York later this month to try and solve the mysteries of a unique sapphire ring found near the city.
The ring, which is the second earliest example of the use of sapphire ever found in the country, has baffled archaeology experts because nothing has ever been found like it before. Its intricate design was made by a highly skilled craftsman for an extremely wealthy and powerful person.

The Whole is Not Always the Sum of its Parts
Gemewizard - AGTA Member
One of the best features in GemePro™, Gemewizard's color communications and analysis system, is the Sampler, an automatic color analysis feature for imported images. It is an excellent tool for determining a gem's color, but in special cases it provides data that, while accurate, could be incorrectly interpreted by an inexperienced user.
This is the case with multi-colored or distinct pleochroic gems, and with gems displaying optical phenomena, such as play of color, asterism, shine.

The Centurion Presents 120+ Tips from Experts To Help Power Your Success in 2013
As the calendar turns to each new year, we all begin again with a blank business slate. While there are always key management tactics that are tried and true, in this era of rapid change there's no guarantee that what worked even last year is still the best strategy.
The Centurion asked some of the top strategic business experts in the industry to provide us with their top five tips for profitability for 2013.

5 Surprising Marketing Trends for 2013
It feels like every January we see list after list of business forecasts for the year to come. More often than not these lists feel a bit repetitive and not all that inspiring. Well - and not to give 2013 an overblown ego - we feel fairly confident that this year will see a departure from the usual, predictable trends in small business marketing in favor of some refreshing, enthusing changes. Here's a peek at what we see coming down the road in terms of small business marketing: MORE

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