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July 10, 2013

The Impact of Color
You can spend weeks, months or even years developing your client contact list. You can invest thousands of dollars every month just trying to reach those buyers whose business is crucial to yours. But you have to make sure you have relevant and interesting products to sell them. And nothing is more pertinent to your business than COLOR! MORE

Jewelry Great Steve Magner Passes
Dallas Morning News
Steve Magner, age 63, left July 3rd, too early and one day short of his favorite holiday. An American in every sense of the word, he believed in honesty, hard work, voting, and the first sip of a cold beer. He had an infectious smile, a giving heart, a machine-gun wit, and he was never, ever in a bad mood. ...A world renowned jeweler and retailer, he was respected across the globe as a pillar of the precious jewelry industry. Starting as a delivery boy at Neiman Marcus in 1969, he worked his way up to executive vice president of Precious Jewelry, where he served for 19 years. He retired in 2003, but his love for the industry brought him back... MORE


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Conversations: Paula Crevoshay
Contemporary Jewelry Design Group - AGTA Member
AGTA Member, Paula Crevoshay, with a Masters in Fine Art and a beginning in painting and print making, discovered gems as a medium in 1980. She has inspired and enthralled with her creations ever since, channeling her art through one-of-a-kind jewelry sculptures. Paula has a new exhibition of work, a stunning ensemble of new and favorite muses, at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Garden of Light opens on April 13th 2013 and runs through August 2013. There is a Garden of Light book with stunning photographs that accompanies the collection, available here. MORE

Five Uniquely Interesting Things About Stanley Jewelers Gemologist, Inc.
AGTA Member Stanley Jewelers Gemologist was founded in 1936 and while, like many other prestige jewelers, the business has progressed through three generations, Stanley's unique company personality sets it apart. The Centurion spoke with second-generation Loyd Stanley and third-generation Laura Stanley recently about what sets them apart. MORE

Man Discovers 2.95-carat 'Patriot Diamond' at Arkansas State Park
Nature World News
Kentucky man found a raw 2.95-carat diamond at a state park in Arkansas renowned for its diamond cache. Terry Staggs, of Richmond, Ky. spent his Fourth of July weekend in Arkansas at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, a place he knows well. He visits the park multiple times a year and has dug up diamonds before, according to an official report by Arkansas' Division of State Parks. MORE

GIA Exhibits at Africa Education Week for the First Time
GIA - AGTA Member
More than 1,000 African students were introduced to gem and jewelry education opportunities at the Career Indaba trade show in Johannesburg, June 20-22, as part of the seventh annual Africa Education Week. GIA (Gemological Institute of America) exhibited at the event for the first time, building on its endeavors bringing industry-leading gemological and design education to the nations that produce diamonds and other gems. MORE

Stuller, Inc. Introduces the Create Bar
Stuller - AGTA Member
Lafayette, LA (8 July 2013) - Prime manufacturer, AGTA Member, Stuller announces the launch of the Create Bar–a turnkey custom design solution for the independent retail jeweler. "The Create Bar combines the top selling services Stuller has to offer such as prototypes, CounterSketch Studio and marketing into one, easy-to-use solution," says Maren Rosen, executive director of bridal and jewelry.MORE

Facebook Is Here to Stay
Ever since Facebook (FB) botched its IPO just more than a year ago, it has become a common and easy target for critics. People are tired of Facebook, everyone says. And kids prefer Twitter! I even wrote a piece earlier this year noting that the company's move toward monetization might please investors... but could annoy Facebook's increasingly disenchanted users. Of course, right after I wrote that piece, I likely logged on to check my own personal Facebook account. MORE

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