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July 03, 2013

Masters of Dreams (Promo)
"Masters of Dreams" is four-part documentary series that takes viewers on a globetrotting adventure through Paris, New York, London, Bali and Rio - to name but a few glitzy destinations - and invites them into a world that is as secretive as it is glamorous. Thirteen iconic jewellery houses (including Bulgari, Chopard, De Beers, H Stern, Graff Diamonds and Stephen Webster) reveal the inspiration and craftsmanship that has informed their design legacies and give us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the design and creation of their most magnificent pieces today. MORE

Wealthy People Still Favour Jewellery
The world's wealthiest individuals are more likely to spend their money on jewellery, gemstones and watches than other luxury items, according to a new study. The 2013 World Wealth Report found that almost 32 per cent of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) - those with US$1 million (A$1.1 m) or more in investable assets - named jewellery, gemstones and watches as their preferred "investment of passion". It is the second consecutive year that the category has come out on top. MORE


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Plate Tectonic Gemstones
The Science Codex
Humans have used, sought, and traded gemstones for thousands of years, uniquely linking art, economics, and geology, from the dawn of civilization until now. In contrast, the theory of plate tectonics, which explains how Earth's crust and upper mantle is divided into independent plates, has only existed for about 50 years. MORE

DDI to Participate in JA NY Summer Show 2013
Diamond Development Initiative
Ngomesia Mayer-Kechom, Manager of International Programs for the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), will participate in the panel session "Living up to Diamonds" at the JA NY Summer show on Monday, July 29 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Other VIP participants include David Bonaparte, CEO of Jewelers of America, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Senior Strategic Advisor to the Diamond Empowerment Fund, Cecilia Gardner, CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group and Whitney Sielaff, Publisher and Editorial Director of National Jeweler. MORE

Survey: Wealthy Women Prefer Jewelry From Tiffany & Co.
JCK Magazine - AGTA Member
AGTA Member, Tiffany & Co. is the jewelry brand most widely purchased by ultrawealthy women, according to a study by The Luxury Institute.The institute surveyed ultrawealthy U.S. consumers with minimum net worth of $5 million about luxury brands they buy and the relationships they have with luxury sales professionals. David Yurman and Cartier followed Tiffany on the list. MORE

Gemfields and Kagem to Hold High Grade Emerald Auction in Zambia
AGTA Member Gemfields PLC, which operates the Kagem emerald mine in Zambia (and in which the Zambian government is a 25% shareholder), today advised its sharholders that the group will hold another auction of emeralds in Lusaka this month - the second such auction to be held in the capital this year. The auction, scheduled for July 15-19, will feature higher grade emeralds that were originally due to be auctioned in Singapore on June 10-14. MORE

Throwback Thursday: Edwardian Jewelry
Hamilton Jewelers - AGTA Member
While we are always looking ahead to what's next, we also like to celebrate what has come before. Today we're looking at this elegant Diamond and Sapphire Pearl Strand Choker from the Edwardian Period. This choker is centered upon an Edwardian platinum-topped rectangular pierced and milgrained plaque with a scalloped edge. Accented throughout the intricate geometric design are mine and rose-cut diamonds, enhanced by larger European-cut diamonds, weighing approximately 2.25 cts., and flanked by 2 sapphire cabochons. MORE

Take A Look At Holly Madison's 18-Carat Diamond Engagement Ring
Holly Madison is officially engaged and she's got the rock to prove it. The 18-carat cushion cut yellow diamond and rose gold ring is surrounded by pink and yellow diamond flowers, Madison tells CB!, and is a work of art straight from her husband-to-be, Pasquale Rotella's, heart.MORE

What Social Media Platforms Are Right For Your Brand?
Brands need to be present wherever audiences invest their time and attention. Increasingly, that means social media. U.S. audiences spend a half-hour to three hours daily on social media. Social media is one of the largest time buckets on mobile. Brands and businesses that are invisible on social media will miss a chance at engagement that their competitors might seize. More importantly, there are already well-known cases of brands that successfully revitalized their images or launched themselves thanks to social media wins. MORE

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