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Feb. 13, 2013
2013 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson: A Huge Success!
The 2013 AGTA GemFair Tucson was held at the Tucson Convention Center, February 5th through 10th. The show started out with record numbers and the momentum continued throughout the week! MORE

Color, cocktail rings rule the Grammys
National Jeweler
Unique rings, diamond-studded drop earrings and bright colors were the major jewelry trends spotted on the red carpet at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night in Las Vegas. 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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Gem-A Receives Product Innovation Award for the JTV GemBasics Course
San Francisco Chronicle
Exhibiting at AGTA during the Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows, The Gemmological Association of Great Britain reported a very positive response to their GemBasics course, created in partnership with Jewelry Television. Created for gem enthusiasts, jewelry lovers and starting collectors, GemBasics is a fine-tuned introduction to gemology that teaches the fundamentals, from testing to identification. On the evening of Wednesday February 6th, Gem-A's Jack Ogden was honored with the 2012 Product Innovation Award on behalf of Gem-A, given for "a unique approach for an exciting product classification" as stated on the award plaque MORE

Live From Tucson: 5 Things You Need to See at the 2013 AGTA GemFair
JCK Magazine - AGTA Member
If you're still shopping the gem shows in Arizona, make a beeline to these booths at the American Gem Trade Association GemFair at the Tucson Convention Center. MORE

Gem Direction: Jade Eastern
Instore Magazine - AGTA Member
If you saw the January 27 SAG Awards--or at least photos of A-listers walking the red carpet at this year's Screen Actors Guild event, you may have been as pleased as I was about two pairs of dramatic jade drop earrings. Nicole Kidman was in Fred Leighton, while Homeland's Morena Baccarin wore Jacob & Co. What you may not have seen--but I did--was the equally dramatic jade pendant worn by Joan Rivers throughout the entire January 11 episode of her weekly TV show, "Fashion Police." Jade is going to be huge this year--I've been following its steady growth since early 2012. MORE

Valentine's Day Jewelry and Watch Gifts
Valentine's Day is Thursday and you haven't even looked for a gift for the person most important in your life. That's okay because there's still time and I have some suggestions for you. In the accompanying slide show are examples of jewelry and watch gifts in all price points that will show that you are serious about giving something with meaning and thought behind it. MORE

Vivid Purplish Pink Sold for 4X Sotheby's Estimate
A 0.51-carat vivid purplish pink, VS2, round cut diamond sold for $338,500 or more than $663,725 p/c on Thursday. The top estimate for the diamond was $80,000. The auction of Important Jewels at Sotheby's New York totaled $10.5 million, focusing on jewelry from leading fashion brands. The vivid purplish pink diamond is set in a Tiffany ring. MORE

How to Buy A Diamond - The Birthstone for the month of April
Deleuse Jewelers - AGTA Member
The research and investment that goes into selecting a diamond can be compared to the exhilarating experience of acquiring fine art. The ability to view, wear and enjoy a beautiful gem each day parallels the veneration of a Chagall or Matisse with the additional benefit that historically there will be accumulated escalation in value. MORE

Centurion Design Award Winners
Jewelry News Network
Part of the festivities of the recently concluded Centurion luxury jewelry tradeshow in Scottsdale, Ariz., was the third annual Centurion Design Awards. The competition was open to all exhibitors at the show and about two-thirds participated, according to show officials. Retailers who attended the show voted for their favorite pieces, which determined the winners. MORE

5 Social Apps To Encourage Employee Health and Wellness
Health care is a huge subject right now, regardless of your views on the Affordable Care Act. And for good reason. According to the Kaiser Foundation, the cost of employer-sponsored health coverage for families has increased nearly 100% during the past decade. In addition, total health spending accounted for approximately 18% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2010.
Bottom line: Staying healthy not only costs a lot of money but requires an investment of time. The investment pays off in employee productivity, morale and high performance.

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