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June 19, 2013

AGTA's eLearning Platform Provides Affordable Summer Training
One of the primary missions of the American Gem Trade Association is to provide information and education to help sell more colored gemstones and cultured pearls. AGTA also believes that the greatest need for this education exists on the front lines with the sales associates who work directly with the consumer. MORE

Glittering Gems, Reading Earth's Story
The New York Times
A jewelry store is an archive of the Earth. Every gem fixed to every ring or necklace was forged deep inside our planet, according to its own recipe of elements, temperature and pressure. But it has taken a while for geologists to decode the cookbook for gems. Jade, for example, puzzled geologists for decades. "For a long time people looked at this crazy rock, and it didn’t make any sense," said George Harlow, a geologist at the American Museum of Natural History. But thanks to the research of Dr. Harlow and other geologists, jade now has a back story: It formed in dying oceans. MORE


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Myanmar's Rubies Continue to Dazzle
Wall Street Journal
Rubies are perhaps the crown jewel in Myanmar's resource riches. The country's one of the biggest sources of the red gems in the world. Demand for the stones has taken off in recent years, especially from China. The price per karat has soared, jumping about 10% a year since 2010. But since Myanmar's recent opening up of trade and investment, the ruby business remains one of the murkiest sectors in the country's economy. MORE

Cheapside Hoard jewellery to go on display at the Museum of London
The Jewellery Editor
This winter, the Museum of London is set to open its latest exhibition displaying the Cheapside Hoard - a priceless collection of 16th and 17th century jewellery found buried in London in 1912. The collection of 500 gems, including loose stones, ancient objects and even tools suggest this was the stock in-trade of a jeweller, one of the many that lined the thoroughfare of Cheapside. MORE

Pearls of the World in Focus
GIA - AGTA Member
Pearls and their beauty have captivated people worldwide since ancient times and have been a research focus at GIA (Gemological Institute of America) for more than 80 years. As part of the Institute's mission to bring industry-leading gemological information to the public, Nicholas Sturman, GIA supervisor of Pearl Identification in Thailand, will give two presentations on pearls July 4 and 5 during the Singapore International Jewelry Expo. MORE

Couture, National Jeweler Owner Purchase Completed
JCK Magazine - AGTA Member
Private-equity fund Onex Corp. has completed its acquisition of Nielsen Expositions—owner of Couture, National Jeweler, and the JA Show, as well as number of other non-jewelry properties. As part of the deal, the new company will be named Emerald Expositions. MORE

The 3.7 million pounds bangles: Jewellery carved from rare gemstone sells for a fortune as jadeite becomes more valuable than gold
These two bangles that could be mistaken for cheap glow-bands have sold for an incredible 3.7 million pounds. The bright green bands are a far cry from the plastic bracelets commonly seen in nightclubs and are actually made from an extremely rare gemstone. They were carved from a huge piece of jadeite found in Burma, which is the most expensive and rarest form of the gemstone jade. MORE

Seven social media myths busted for professionals
The Economic Times
MYTH 1: Serious professionals do not waste time on social media. If you believe that media is only for college kids, reconsider. Social media is defined as the creation, exchange and sharing of information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. Would you ignore an opportunity to exchange information at an industry conference or present a paper at a seminar? No. Then why miss out on doing the same on the Net, where most people are available? Use the medium comprehensively to enhance your reach, increase your effectiveness and create a personal brand. MORE

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