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July 17, 2013

AGTA Launches NEW Brand Identity
As many of you know, AGTA has recently embarked on a rebranding project. In our research, we found out that our Members, more than ever, are committed to the mission of the organization. We confirmed that by committing to the highest ethical practices and disclosure of gem enhancements, we actively advance, promote and support the long-term stability and integrity in the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industries.MORE

The New Cool of Pearls
Instore Magazine - AGTA Member
After months of looking at new fine jewelry collections for fall/holiday, I'm convinced that pearl jewelry needs some new descriptors. Words like classic, timeless, and elegant often don't apply to what I've seen some daring designers doing with pearls. And let's be honest: Talking about pearls in that way can be a bit off-putting to the new generation of women who mainly buy jewelry because it's fashionable and fun. In fact, those were frequently the kind of pieces layered on catwalk models for Resort 2014-pearl jewelry with a whimsical, not-so-serious vibe. MORE


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WJA's 2013 Awards For Excellence Honorees and Nominees Announced
WJA - AGTA Member
New York, NY - The Women's Jewelry Association named its Hall of Fame honorees for the association's annual Awards of Excellence gala, to be held Monday, July 29, 2013, at Pier 60 on the Chelsea Piers in New York City. The three honorees are: Hall of Fame Award: Candy Udell, London Jewelers; Ben Kaiser Award: Darwin Copeman, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company; Corporate Award: Standard Chartered Bank.MORE

Conversations: Alishan
Contemporary Jewelry Design Group - AGTA Member
AGTA Member Alishan Halebian makes jewelry that you want to get to know better. There is a sense of discovery, playfulness, and innovation in each piece that is meticulously crafted in his studio in Los Angeles. I had a chance to speak to him about his art, the value of great friends, and why simplicity is one of the hardest things to achieve. MORE

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Larson @ Harvard
Pala International, Inc - AGTA Member
Last week, Pala International's Bill Larson appraised the gemstone collection at the Mineralogical and Geological Museum at Harvard University. Bill was chosen by the museum's associate curator, Dr. Raquel Alonso-Perez, to appraise the collection's 1,200 pieces. The first day just over 500 pieces had been examined with two more full days to follow. "Raquel couldn't believe how focused I was when looking at the gems," Bill told us. Many special notes were documented. Bill reported that a good feeling emanated from all those involved. MORE

A Bright Outlook for Careers in Gems & Jewelry
GIA - AGTA Member
More than 35 world-renowned gem and jewelry companies, including David Yurman, De Beers Diamond Jewellery, Gemvara, Helzberg Diamonds, Paolo Costagli Inc. and 24 Seven Inc., will be recruiting for hundreds of professional positions at every career stage during GIA's New York Jewelry Career Fair at the Javits Center on Monday, July 29. Opportunities range from design and manufacturing to marketing and sales.MORE

Elizabeth Taylor's 'Cleopatra' headdress, jewels go to auction
A collection of late actress Elizabeth Taylor's personal items, including jewelry, cocktail dresses and film costumes, will go under the hammer in Beverly Hills, California, Julien's Auctions said on Tuesday. ...The top item, an 18-karat gold, multi-gem earring and necklace set, is expected to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000. The necklace and earrings set include multiple topaz, diamond, peridot and citrine gemstones...MORE

55-carat Diamond Goes on Temporary View in NYC
MSN News
A rare 19th century 55-carat diamond has gone on temporary view at New York's American Museum of Natural History. The Kimberley Diamond gets its name from the mine in South Africa where it was found sometime before 1868. ...The champagne-colored, emerald-cut diamond will be on display through the end of June 2014.... MORE

Facebook Integrates Another Feature for Instagram Users
Facebook, Inc. has announced plans to introduce another feature that would further bolster the attractiveness of its photo-sharing unit Instagram. The company would soon unveil a special tool that would enable Instagram users to embed pictures and even videos on other Websites, including news sites and blogs. MORE

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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.

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