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July 31, 2013

AGTA Spectrum Awards 30th Anniversary
The AGTA Spectrum Awards celebrate what happens when we combine the unimaginable power of nature with the unlimited reach of the imagination. A perfect pairing of gemstones and settings is not an every day occurrence. In fact, it may happen once in a life time! MORE

Deadline for entry is September 20th. Click here to access more information and an entry form.

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Names Diane Flora Membership and Education Manager
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced today that Diane Flora was named the Membership and Education Manager. She begins her new role at AGTA effective July 29. Prior to joining AGTA, Flora was the Director of Education at the American Gem Society (AGS) for over 10 years, where she planned, directed, and coordinated the educational programs for the Society. And previous to AGS, she was an instructor for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), teaching classes in gemology including diamonds, color gemstones, and pearls. MORE


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

Fine Colombian, Zambian, and Brazilian single stones as well as many fine matched pairs in a great selection of size and shape.

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.

Longtime AGTA Member Leon Mason of Mason Kay, Inc. Passes
Mason Kay - AGTA Member
Leon Mason of Leon Mason Company, as well as co-founder and partner of Mason-Kay, Inc., passed away at the age of 74 after battling illness for several years. He left us Wednesday, July 24th in Denver CO, surrounded by loving family and friends. Leon was widely respected in the gem business after a 50+ year career in which he achieved a stellar reputation. He is survived by his wife Ellen, and his children Jeff, Tami and Danny, as well as his six grandchildren. He will be greatly missed. MORE

30th Annual WJA Awards of Excellence and Hall of Fame Winners Announced
Spirits were high at Chelsea Piers's PIER 60, as a record number of industry insiders celebrated the 30th Annual WJA Awards for Excellence on Monday, July 29th. The evening's top honors went to Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award Candy Udell, president of London Jewelers; Standard Chartered Bank accepted the Corporate Hall of Fame Award and Darwin Copeman, of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, was honored with The Ben Kaiser Award, an honor bestowed on industry men who show extraordinary support of women in the business. MORE

One Fine Day: The Shining Gems from Paris Haute Couture Fall 2013
W Magazine
Couture in July is by far my favorite time to be in Paris for work—the sidewalks are filled with people, the sun doesn't set until around 10 p.m., and summer is in full swing. The Couture show schedule is very civilized, affording me plenty of time to do the rounds at some of the jewelry houses. Here are some of the incredibly glamorous pieces that I saw. MORE

The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels
Museum of London
This October, the Museum of London will open a major new exhibition investigating the secrets of the Cheapside Hoard. This extraordinary and priceless cache of late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones - displayed in its entirety for the first time in over a century - was discovered in 1912, buried in a cellar on Cheapside in the City of London. MORE

The Extraordinary Jewelry of Alexandre Reza to Debut at Sotheby's
The Extraordinary Jewelry of Alexandre Reza, a public exhibition highlighting both the historic and contemporary works of the Paris-based maitre joaillier, has been announced by Sotheby's with a November debut in New York. The exhibition will comprise approximately 25 select vignettes exploring the house's library of jewels that remains hardly unrivaled in size, breadth and quality, often surpassing even those of legendary royal collections. From New York, the exhibition will travel to Sotheby's global offices in 2014, with planned locales including London, Doha and Beijing. MORE

August Birthstone: Peridot
Add More Color To Your Life - AGTA
The fresh lime green of peridot is its distinctive signature. The color of most gems is caused by traces of other elements but the color of peridot is an integral part of its structure. If you love citrus tones or earth tones, you'll find that peridot is an integral part of your jewelry wardrobe. Its spring green color also is ideal with sky blue. MORE

How You Can Create the 'Perfect' Social Media Post (Infographic)
We all wish there were a magic formula we could follow to create Facebook posts that our fans love or tweets that spark retweets by the thousands. Alas, there isn't. Each social network operates a little differently, and each brand's fans have their own tastes and preferences. Although there isn't a general foolproof formula, there is a guide that can help you craft the best social media updates and posts possible. MORE

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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.

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