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Mar. 20, 2013
2013 AGTA GemFair Seminar Program DVD-Rom Now Available
The AGTA recorded 30 seminars in the AGTA GemFair Seminar Program in Tucson using technology that combines the audio recording synched with the speaker's PowerPoint presentation. The DVD-Rom makes a great reference or can be used to educate associates on current issues and trends. The Association is distributing free copies of the seminar DVD-Rom to every AGTA Member company and is making the recordings available to non-members for a nominal fee of $50. MORE

A Rainbow of Rare Gems
New York Times
Amidst hundreds of thousands of colored stones on display in this desert city during last month's Tucson winter gem show season, a 15-carat pear-shaped tourmaline from the Brazilian state of Paraíba stood out above the crowd. Prized for its electric-blue color, known in the trade as Windex blue, the tourmaline - set in a platinum necklace and surrounded by a double halo of diamonds - was among the rarest and most sought-after gems in Tucson. Craig Lynch, an appraiser familiar with the stone, declined to comment on its value, but he said several dealers had offered millions for it. 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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A "Very Ordinary" Ring
Pala International, Inc. - AGTA Member
In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte presented an engagement ring to Josephine de Beauharnais, widow of Alexandre de Beauharnais, who was guillotined during the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. Josephine might have met a similar fate but the Terror ended five days later. MORE

2012 WJA Shining Star - Natalie Weisiger
AGTA Member Omi Gems' Director of Marketing, Natalie Weisiger, was recently honored with the Women's Jewelry Association Shining Star Award at their Annual Spring Gala and In the Know Conference in New York City. The Shining Star Award was created to give recognition to WJA chapter members who have been of extraordinary service to their local chapter throughout the year. Natalie is a proud member of the Los Angeles chapter of the WJA and a strong advocate for colored gemstone education and promotion. MORE

Establishing Consumer Confidence through the Jewelry Value Chain
GIA - AGTA Member
As the South African jewelry industry continues to develop, grow and prosper, each part of the value chain - from mining and manufacturing to the jewelry counter – has the opportunity to create a robust customer experience by building consumer confidence. On March 9, nearly 30 members from the newly formed GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Alumni Chapter in Johannesburg gathered to hear from Lourens Maré, CEO of The Jewelery Council of South Africa, on effective ways to develop consumer confidence. MORE

Graff Debuts $100M Peacock Brooch at TEFAF
The brooch, which has a total carat weight of 120.81 is valued at $100 million, measures a little more than 10 centimeters in height and features a 20.02- carat fancy deep blue pear- shape diamond at its center. The peacock's tail feathers consists of an array of white and colored diamonds that surround the center blue diamond, which features an additional clasp at the back allowing it to be removed and worn in two different ways. MORE

Is Pheed the Future of Social Media?
Business Insider
Pheed, the new monetized social network, is taking off. It combines aspects of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and SoundCloud. Users can put their content behind a paywall if they like. Already believed to be the social media company of the year, the team at the head of this new network hopes to attract at least 10 million users worldwide. Pheed social networking is on the rise and many are beginning to wonder: will it prove to be competition for the two giants of social media, Facebook and Twitter? MORE

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