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Apr. 17, 2013

AGTA GemJammin' Raises $5,000 for Jewelers For Children
Dallas, TX: The American Gem Trade Association's annual GemJammin' event, held in Tucson, AZ, on Thursday, February 7, at Gentle Ben's Brewing Company, raised $5,000 for the Jewelers For Children charity. Over 250 people from the jewelry and gemstone industry attended the music jam, featuring players and singers from within the industry.MORE

Why Green Rocks
One of the world's most coveted colored gemstones - along with rubies and sapphires - emeralds have captivated the world for thousands of years. Now emerald green is Pantone's Color of the Year, and both the lush shade and verdant stone are having a well-deserved moment. MORE

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The 2013 JCK Power List: 50 Gems who are Simply Indispensible to the Industry
JCK - AGTA Member
Congratulations to AGTA's very own Douglas Hucker for being named on The 2013 JCK Power List. Without the people who appear on this list (alphabetically!), it's safe to say that the jewelry and watch trade would be disrupted-if not made downright dysfunctional. As the gemstone industry grows in importance and prominence-at least in the United States-Hucker has played a key role in getting the word out. MORE

Colored Diamonds Shine at GIA's GemFest in Tokyo
GIA - AGTA Member
Members of the Japanese gem and jewelry industry gained exclusive insight into the world of colored diamonds when John King, GIA's (Gemological Institute of America) chief quality officer and noted expert on colored diamonds, presented an update at the Institute's GemFest in Tokyo on April 11. This inaugural event follows the December 2012 opening of the GIA gem grading laboratory in Tokyo. GIA regularly holds GemFests around the world, providing the latest gemological information to the public and trade. MORE

TanzaniteOne Mining LTD Responds To Emergency Flood Situation in the Tanzanite Mining Area.
Tanzanite Foundation - AGTA Member
After recent extensive rainfall in the districts of Shambari, Bwawani and Kiloyvera in Tanzania, TanzaniteOne Mining LTD, the world's largest supplier of Tanzanite, went to the aid of local residents, after homes had been washed away. TanzaniteOne delivered over 800 litres of fresh drinking water, as well as food supplies to nearly 1000 residents who had been left stranded and homeless. MORE

Sapphire Miner Puts Final Polish on IPO Plan
Wall Street Journal
Elsmore Resources Ltd., however, is putting a final polish on plans for an initial public offering as it looks to breathe fresh life into an industry in rural New South Wales dating back to the 19th century. It is seeking up to 5 million Australian dollars (US$5.3 million) to explore for sapphires in the state's New England district where prospectors seeking their fortune in gemstones first settled in the 1850s. MORE

Princie pink Golconda diamond sells for £25.5m
Professional Jeweller
A fancy intense pink diamond weighing almost 35cts has gone under the hammer in New York for $39.3 million (£25.5m), making it the most valuable diamond ever sold at auction in the US. MORE

A Facebook Fan Is Worth $174, Researcher Says
Syncapse worked with research firm Hotspex on a survey based on data collected from more than 2,000 U.S. panelists in late January and early February. The study compared Facebook fans and non-fans based and their corresponding product spending, brand loyalty, propensity to recommend, media value, cost of acquisition and brand affinity to arrive at the figure. MORE

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