This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Click here to advertise in ePrism.

Mobile version Subscribe  
June 26, 2013

Here comes ... a rise in bridal sales, maybe
National Jeweler
The economy is on the mend and more members of the large generation known as the millennials are reaching the marrying age, leading some analysts to predict a short-term increase in the number of weddings. The real question for retailers is: Are the millennials buying the classic diamond solitaire ring, or is there a shift toward a fashion engagement ring, something "different"--a favorite of this generation--with colored stones on the side or, even, a colored gem as center stone? MORE

12 Jewelry Trends for 2013: Amber
JCK Magazine - AGTA Member
Amber just might be the unsung darling of the gemstone world. It's affordable (you can buy pieces at shows for just a few dollars), lightweight (making it ideal for fashioning into huge statement pieces), and well storied (the fossilized tree resin can serve as a time capsule, sometimes trapping visible insects). According to GIA, the oldest piece of amber known dates to the Carboniferous period. Like coral, amber is an organic gem - the product of once-living organisms. MORE


agta eprism

Bring it to Life with high quality single stones, matched pairs, and suites from Gem 2000.

Beautiful Ceylon and Madagascar blue and fancy color sapphires in a large range of size and shape, as well as matched pairs. Yellow, pink, lavender, purple, peach, orange, and green sapphire all clean and well cut. For over 27 years, Gem 2000 has been importing fine gems from all world sources in a large range of materials, offering exceptional service and expertise to our customers.



Seasoned Pros Usher in the Next Generation of Gem & Jewelry Stars
GIA - AGTA Member
Industry leaders and new stars making their mark in gems and jewelry will come together as panelists during GIA's (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair on July 29 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Aspiring jewelry professionals - including those in retail, design and manufacturing - will also be able to meet with job recruiters and spend one-on-one time with volunteer career-coaches. MORE

ICA awards Lifetime Achievement award to Joseph M. Menzie
Joseph M. Menzie was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by AGTA Member, the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) at the organization's biennial congress in Changsha, China in May. This industry award recognizes individuals who have devoted their time and energy in making significant contributions towards developing the global gemstone industry. He accepted the award amidst a gathering of ICA members and industry leaders. MORE

With yellow prices, it's all in moderation
GemeWizard - AGTA Member
Yellow is considered to be the most common color among the gem-quality diamonds, including the fancy color ones. In most cases, the yellow color is pure, uninfluenced by any moderator. But the presence of an additional moderator may significantly influence the value of the stone, positively or negatively, depending on the color of the moderator. Green or orange moderators generally add to the value of the stone, while brown or gray moderators have a negative impact on the diamond's prices. MORE

100 Things A Jewelry Store Person Should Never Do - AGTA Member
Every store and every salesperson is different, but some aspects of the jewelry business are universal. We suspect most INSTORE readers will agree with the bulk of the suggestions on this list (especially since the bulk of them came from INSTORE readers). No single salesperson will avoid all 100 of these "don'ts" every single day, but what matters is that they give you something to strive for. So read them, post them in the break room, breathe them, live them. MORE

Royal Ascot and the Royal diamonds.
77 Diamonds has always had a keen interest in Ascot. The horses, the hats and the jewellery! So after a successful year for Her Majesty The Queen, after her horse won the Gold Cup, we look at her sparkling accessories as well as those of the Royal Family. Day two at Ascot faired rather well for both The Queen and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they wore similar shades of green with matching brooches featuring an array of diamonds of green gemstones. MORE

Making Social Media More Professional for Online Business Services
You want them to like you, and maybe they do, but they ain't buying. The above sounds like some hammy play line from a vaudeville theater, but there's a really good chance that an online business type has uttered it or some variant when trying to use online formats to help bring in the clients and, hence, the money with them. The truth is that online business is like most other aspects of everyday life. There are some regulations to abide by, but there aren't any hard and fast rules. We all think that there's syntax to everything in life. MORE

agta eprism
Step inside the Diamond Council Reading Room!

The Diamond Council of America invites AGTA members to visit our online Reading Room, which features a library of articles, videos and other resources to help your business thrive.

IGI, the Standard
of Excellence
in Gemology
since 1975

IGI, a worldwide gemological laboratory, providing objective and accurate grading, identification and appraisal reports for gemstones and fine jewelry along with laser inscription and educational courses

Call for ePRISM Content
ePRISM is always looking for interesting content.  If you have stories related to colored gemstones or pearls to share with our readers please email them to for consideration.  Send web links or separate files.

The articles and website links appearing in ePrism, and not written by the American Gem Trade Association, are included in the e-publication as general information from -- and for -- the Trade, but do not necessarily reflect the opinion or endorsement of the American Gem Trade Association and its members.

Danielle Pelletiere, Marketing Manager, 800-972-1162, 214-742-4367

Click here for the AGTA ePRISM Media Kit

Recent issues