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May 01, 2013

Strong & Soft
Accent Magazine - Lorraine Depasque
From gelato greens to sherbet purples, jewelry's newest pastel gem palette looks simply delicious! And this spring and summer, the sweetest delicately hued designs are those that spotlight the stone as the star. As the precious metal plays more of a supporting role in many of the new pieces, four interesting stone cuts in particular are adding to the latest statement jewelry's drama: cabochons, checkerboards, rose cuts and slices.MORE

Rare Blue Diamond Fetches Record $9.6 Million
A stunning blue diamond broke a world record today, fetching a price of 6.2 million British pounds (about $9.6 million), or about $1.8 million per carat, according to auctioneer Bonhams. The diamond is a brilliant blue and is set in a ring made by Italian jeweler Bulgari around 1965. The high price likely comes from the diamond's unusual color as well as its posh setting: Bulgari is a company beloved by the Hollywood glitterati, and blue diamonds are rarely up for sale. This particular blue diamond also happens to be a large chunk of ice at 5.3 carets. MORE

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Bill Boyajian Receives the 2013 Robert M. Shipley Award
AGS - AGTA Member
April 30, 2013, Las Vegas. Bill Boyajian, CG, is the 2013 recipient of the American Gem Society's Robert M. Shipley award. AGS members presented him with the award at their annual Conclave in Phoenix, AZ on April 26. Bill received the honor based on his expertise and commitment to the field of gemology, personal business, the jewelry industry, and the American Gem Society. MORE

Yael Designs Jewelry at Real Wedding in Martha Stewart Weddings & 100LayerCake
Yael Designs - AGTA Member
When Amanda, the founder of popular wedding blog 100LayerCake, contacted us about jewelry for her wedding, we immediately knew that she would love our stunning morganite cocktail ring to go with her gorgeous bouquet and diamond drop earrings for her Southern California reception. MORE

206ct emerald revealed to be Bayco's secret gem
Professional Jeweller
New York jewellery company Bayco Jewels has unveiled its secret gemstone as a 206ct Colombian emerald named The Imperial Emerald. The large gemstone was revealed at BaselWorld following several weeks of buzz-building by the high jewellery company. Bayco described the stone as one of the most precious gemstones to ever be exhibited at the annual Swiss show. MORE

Jewelry Trend Spotlight: Butterflies
Butterflies (left, by Oscar Heyman) and other insects have been an inspiration for adornment since ancient times. As early as 1350 BC, Egyptian tomb paintings depicted butterflies, and of course the Egyptians also were famous for their scarab beetles, worn as amulets for good luck- still an iconic jewelry motif today. MORE

Facebook Earnings Preview: What to Expect
It has been nearly a year since Facebook became a public company. In that time, the stock has crashed and burned and staged a significant comeback - and that was just in the first six months. After falling to as low as $17.55 a share in early September, the stock has rebounded in fits and starts thanks to a combination of factors including CEO Mark Zuckerberg's pledge not to sell any shares for at least a year and the expiration of its stock lockup periods. MORE

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