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Feb. 20, 2013
AGTA Corners Times Square
At this point, the American Gem Trade Association is no stranger to Times Square! The Reuters Sign at 43rd St. and 7th featured none other then famed Homeland actress Morena Baccarin wearing jewelry from the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards. The caption that accompanies the image reads American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards jewelry worn by Morena Baccarin.MORE

Academy Awards Jewelry Trend Predictions From Leading Style Expert
Boston Globe
This week Michael O'Connor, celebrity stylist and host of MovieStyle with Michael O'Connor on Reelz Channel, will host StyleLab's styling event for Academy Award nominees, presenters and stylists at a private venue in Los Angeles. Every season O'Connor curates a selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from world-renowned designers for celebrities to borrow for the red carpet. From colored gemstone earrings to statement necklaces, O'Connor will accessorize Hollywood's leading stars with the most exquisite, highest quality jewelry. 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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Pantone Announces Fashion Color Report Fall 2013
Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE Fashion Color Report Fall 2013, a comprehensive overview of designers use of color in their upcoming collections. Released on the first day of New York Fashion Week, the PANTONE Fashion Color Report features the top 10 colors for women's and men's fashion for fall 2013, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots. MORE

Roundtables: The Hot New Way for Retailers to Sell Colored Stones
Lois Wacholtz is considered by many to be the pioneer of roundtable sales. That's because on a Saturday in September 1987, the co-owner of Christopher's Fine Jewelry Design in Champaign set up some card tables in her store and invited seven colored stone"loving clients to come in for an afternoon to indulge their passion. MORE

Doing Well and Doing Good
Lisa Elser AGTA Spectrum Award Winner
Ethical Gemstones and Fair Trade are rapidly moving from buzzwords to standards in the jewelry industry. I am routinely asked about my gems where they come from, who mines them, how I get them, where I cut them. MORE

Gemfields Showcases Zambian Emeralds to the World
AGTA Member Gemfields, which owns 75 percent of the Kagem emerald mine in Lufwanyama District in partnership with the government of Zambia, has recently been highlighting the nation's gemstones at the world's largest mining investment event. The stylish Cape Town initiative demonstrated the importance of a sophisticated high-end international marketing campaign to support the on-going promotion of Zambia's gemstone resources if they are to continue to compete on the global stage and the need for further investment and the continued involvement of significant of market leaders if this sector is to achieve its full potential. MORE

Charles & Colvard Announces Renewed Purchase Commitment with Cree
Charles & Colvard, Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CTHR), the sole manufacturer of created moissanite gemstones, The Most Brilliant Jewel in the World, today announced that it has entered into an amended Letter Agreement with Cree, Inc. that provides for the production of new silicon carbide (SiC) raw material to be delivered quarterly until July 2015. The supply and purchase of SiC material under this amended Letter Agreement will be governed in all respects by the terms and conditions of the parties. Amended and Restated Exclusive Supply Agreement (the Supply Agreement) dated June 6, 1997. MORE

Elizabeth Taylor's Bulgari Jewelry Exhibit on Rodeo Drive
Jewelry News Network
Elizabeth Taylor fans will have another opportunity to view some of the most important jewels from her legendary collection. The Beverly Hills Bulgari boutique on Rodeo Drive will showcase an eight-piece exhibit of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels on Tuesday, according to published reports. The jewels are on display as a preview to the Academy Awards, which will be held Sunday. MORE

Member Engagement in the Age of Groupon
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
Deleuse Jewelers - AGTA Member
Between email, Twitter, blog subscriptions, and television, I have what feels like a million small messages flying at me every minute of the day. It takes a lot to catch my attention amid all the noise, and if I dont act immediately or mark something with a follow-up flag, read it later button, or calendar reminder, I can almost guarantee I'll forget it shortly after, amid all the continuing noise. I assume a lot of people feel the same. MORE

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