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May 29, 2013

AGTA GemFair at the JCK Show Starts Tomorrow
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair at the JCK Show will be open tomorrow, Thursday, May 30th, and will close the same day as the JCK Show on Monday, June 3rd. The AGTA GemFair will once again be located in the South Sea and Islander ballrooms on the Beach level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. MORE

Colored diamonds to feature strongly in late May auctions in Hong Kong
GemeWizard - AGTA Member
Colored diamonds will be at the top of the bill when a number of auction houses conduct jewelry sales at the end of May. Among the sales will be the Christie's Magnificent Jewels Hong Kong on May 28, which will feature what the auction house has described as the largest briolette diamond ever to appear at an auction. At the center of the 18K rose and white gold necklace is a marquise-cut purplish diamond, from which is a suspended a 75.36-carat D/IF briolette diamond. The necklace is estimated to sell at between $8.5 million and $12.5 million. MORE

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A Vegas Tip: Basel's Blues and Pinks - AGTA Member
I suppose there are times when a trend appears suddenly, almost as if like magic, out of nowhere. Maybe. But with regard to blue and pink gem jewelry, this is not one of those times. In February, there were clues from fashion's fall runway shows, and in April, there were even bigger clues from jewelry's Baselworld show. To be fair, the signs from ready-to-wear weren't in-your-face obvious. But in Basel? With the exception of green gems, blue and pink were the second and third strongest color choices in gemstone jewelry launches. And, needless to say, they set the tone for the upcoming Las Vegas jewelry shows. MORE

The Vintage Charm of the Cameo
Hamilton Jewelers - AGTA Member
You may have seen your grandmother wearing one, or seen one in old family photos, and thought nothing of the piece. But wait! The cameo - carved gemstones depicting people and/or scenes - is re-emerging as one of 2014's hottest trends. These incredibly delicate and detailed pieces are back in style, exuding a classic-meets-modern twist. MORE

Organic Chemistry
Martha Stewart Weddings
The beauty of a diamond is undeniable, but you can sparkle in more ways than one on your wedding day. Consider these less-erknown gems that come in a wide range of colors. Be sure to flip through this article from Martha Stewart Weddings Spring 2013 issue featuring AGTA Members Kimberly McDonald, Temple St. Clair, Elizabeth Locke, Oscar Heyman, Mish of New York and Denise James! MORE

Gem Veteran Pini Pinchasi Unveils 2nd Edition of his "Gemstone Buyers Guide" at JCK Las Vegas
Harpaz Gems - AGTA Member
Veteran gem wholesaler and AGTA Member, Pini Pinchasi is debuting the second edition of his Gemstone Buyers Guide during the JCK Las Vegas Show, AGTA section, Harpaz Gem & Tamir Booth #828, Mandalay Bay, May 30 to June 3. First published in 2000, the Gemstone Buyers Guide gives jewelers, designers, retailers, and private consumers essential information about the most popular color gemstones used in jewelry today. MORE

Gem Shopping Network Presents Michelle Obama With Pearl Necklace
The Diamond Council of America congratulates member Gem Shopping Network for the prestigious honor of designing and presenting First Lady Michelle Obama with a custom created pearl necklace in Washington DC on May 15, 2013. The triple strand, hand-strung, 10mm white pearl necklace included a unique interlocking "SA" clasp made of 14-karat gold, designed by an inhouse designer at the Gem Shopping Network. MORE

Employers using social media for internal communications
The Economic Times
Employers are now utilising a host of social media tools such as instant messaging and social networks to communicate with their employees, a new study has found. The research, which was based on surveys of 290 organisations from across North America, Europe and Asia, found that more than half of the employers surveyed currently use various social media tools as part of their internal communication initiatives as a way to build community. MORE

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