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Feb. 06, 2013
AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Opens with a Bang
February 6, 2013 - Tucson, AZ: The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) reported amazing attendance and brisk business from the show floor of its annual GemFair in Tucson, AZ. Opening day showed buyer attendance up 11% from last year and an 8% increase in companies! The show remains open through Sunday, February 10th. MORE

JVC Publishes "The Essential Guide to the U.S. Trade in Materials From
Plant and Wildlife Products" co-published with the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA)

JVC announces its latest publication in their Essential Guide series, “The Essential Guide to the U.S. Trade in Materials from Plant and Wildlife Products”. Readers will learn what is required to import and export these goods. 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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Precious and Imperial Topaz from Brazil
AGTA Member Edward Boehm for National Jeweler
Brazil produces more topaz than any other country in the world. Most of the production is colorless, which is irradiated and heated into various shades of blue. Precious and imperial topaz offer a rare and warmer alternative to the cool blue shades we are accustomed to seeing in jewelry stores. “Precious” topaz usually refers to yellow to orange colors while "imperial" topaz usually refers to pinkish-orange to pink to purple and even red colors (see figs. 1 and 6). MORE

Sotheby's Hits a Record-Setting $460.5 Million for 2012 Jewelry Sales
Jewelry News Network
Sotheby's marked its highest-ever total for a year of jewelry sales in 2012, achieving $460.5 million. Statement diamonds and private jewelry collections fetched the strongest results for the year. Auction locations throughout the world posted strong results. 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. Click here for more information.

Awards Season Trend You Can Sell : Diamond Clusters are Hot Again
No matter where the red carpet, whether the lavish celebrations of the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG) or a simple dinner and movie premiere in New York, we're seeing a recurring theme: a lot of little adds up to very big. MORE

IAC 3rd Annual Gold Conference Talks Fashion, Art, Design, and the Environment, a Sponsored Post
This year's third annual gold conference hosted by Initiatives in Art & Culture (IAC) from April 11-13 is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in jewelry. The roster of speakers is a rare and impressive gathering of industry icons and notables, from fashion editor favorites like Irene Neuwirth and Waris to master studio jewelers George Sawyer, Kent Raible, Namu Cho, and Henry Dunay. MORE

Emerald, Pantone's Color of the Year 2013: How to Get Inspired
Gemvara - AGTA Member
From red carpet to runway, the rich hue of emerald has always been a popular choice among starlets and designers. Now with Pantone (THE color authority) announcing emerald as 2013's Color of the Year, expect to see this verdant shade making appearances everywhere. A striking tone, the emerald is one of four gemstones defined as "precious" and belongs to an elite list, which includes diamond, ruby, and sapphire. MORE

How Social Media Put a Tiny Yarn Shop on the Map
The New York Times
Pretty much out in the middle of nowhere in Nevada, there is a little yarn store with a funny name, Jimmy Beans Wool. Actually, it's in Reno, but it's a small shop that sells a big assortment of knitting and crochet supplies and every kind of yarn you can imagine.
The store has become a fixture in Reno, but what is really amazing is that the store has annual revenue of more than $7 million, the vast majority from online sales.

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