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August 14, 2013

Christine Marzano, the Paranoia Actress and Ivy League Grad Adds Jewelry Spokesmodel to Her Resume
Lorraine DePasque - American Gem Trade Association
To say that Christine Marzano has an eclectic list of accomplishments is, to be sure, an understatement. The talented young actress is a Princeton University graduate, a former print and runway fashion model, and an alumnus of London's Shakespeare Conservatory, parlaying that study into roles for live theatre productions in New York, followed by film performances with marquee names like Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth. But one of Marzano's most recent gigs is certainly something she'd never thought about until approached with the opportunity: a celebrity muse for the winning jewelry designs of the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards Collection. MORE

US extends ban on gems imports from Myanmar
Huffington Post
The Obama administration on Wednesday extended a ban on imports of rubies and jade from Myanmar, reflecting worries about the powerful military's continuing involvement in the murky industry based in conflict-wracked border regions.MORE


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The World's Most Beautiful Pearls On Display
A pearl-drop earring worn by Charles I to his execution in 1649. A pair of drop pearl earrings owned by Elizabeth Taylor. A necklace of cultured pearls given to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio in 1954.MORE

New USPS Express Mail name ... Same great insurance coverage from Jewelers Mutual.
Jewelers Mutual - AGTA Member
The United States Postal Service has announced a change to the name of its Express Mail service. Beginning July 28, 2013, the new name for Express Mail is Priority Mail Express. Please note that your Jewelers Mutual insurance coverage of Express Mail shipments under the new name Priority Mail Express remains in force and unchanged.MORE

Colored diamond frenzy: the Lady Heart Collection at NHM
Why is there such a frenzy over fancy-colored diamonds these days? Why are they so highly sought after? Why are they regularly setting new price records at auction? The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) is pleased to offer its visitors a chance to see for themselves! By popular demand, NHM is extending its exhibition of The Lady Heart Diamond Collection until December 1st, 2013. Each of the five rare diamonds is a different amazing color: red, pink, orange, yellow and blue. The stones are all heart-shaped range in weight from 1.71 to 2.28 carats, and are set in separate pieces of custom-designed gold jewelry.MORE

TRENDS: Baroque'n'roll
Professional Jeweller
Jewellery design has undergone a renaissance of late as baroque and Italiante jewels come back into vogue with crucifixes, lace-like jewels and those with smatterings of dark gemstones with a gothic twist. Jessica Knowles delves into this darkly romantic treasure trove.MORE

"Jewels of the Connoisseur" unveils incredibly rare gemstones at Bowers Museum
Art Daily
In the Bowers' tradition of bringing fine jewels and rare gems to the Southern California community, the Museum hosts Jewels of the Connoisseur, which exhibits some gemstones so rare that only true connoisseurs even know they exist. This incredible collection of some of the rarest gemstones in the world showcases classic jewelry settings including pins, necklaces, pendants and more. Jewels of the Connoisseur is being exhibited in the Pimco Foundation Gallery from July 27, 2013 through October 6, 2013.MORE

Prince William's gem of a gift for Kate
The Duke of Cambridge has been giving much consideration to the kind of gift he should give Kate to mark the birth of their son. When Prince William was born Prince Charles gave Diana a gold medallion with William inscribed in his own writing and a gold charm in the shape of a W. I am told that the Prince has enlisted the help of the Queen's jewellers but also wants to be involved in the design.MORE

Why Most Businesses Are Anti-Social In A Social-Media Era
In the age of social media, most businesses have become decidedly antisocial. Sure, today it's breathtakingly easy to talk in real time to someone on the other side of the planet. But it's also harder than ever to connect in real time with a real human being anywhere who gives a damn about you.MORE

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