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September 11, 2013

2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards: Unprecedented Exposure!
The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ are right around the corner with the September 20th deadline in Dallas and the one day New York drop off October 1, 2013. Learn about the benefits of the exposure in magazines, blogs, and industry publications that you can receive from the AGTA Spectrum Awards™. Also, learn why the Editors have made this a "can't miss" event! Don’t forget to get your entries in before the deadline! MORE

Roughing It
Jewellery Business - AGTA Member Lisa Elser
Check out AGTA Member Lisa Elser's article "Roughing It" in one of the most recent issues of Jewellery Business. When I started my gem-cutting business, finding rough material that met my standards (and my price expectations) had proved to be difficult. Stone I bought from online dealers - both in the United States and overseas - were not as advertised and returns were impossible. I'd been pounding the ground in Tucson try to find high-quality gem rough, but the only way to get at the good stuff was to know the dealers.MORE


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American Jewelry Design Council Celebrates 25 years of Design With Exhibition at the Forbes Galleries
American Jewelry Design Council
Opening September 21st, 2013 the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) will showcase 25 years of outstanding jewelry design at the prestigious Forbes Galleries in New York. The exhibition, "Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC", is open to the public and will dazzle museum visitors with works from over 40 AJDC members through February 22nd, 2014. Don’t miss out on seeing some of AGTA’s very own Members!MORE

Jewelry Legends: Six Questions For Erica Courtney
JCK - AGTA Member
AGTA Member Erica Courtney calls her designs Drop Dead Gorgeous, and they really do live up to the name. She has come a long way from her humble origins in Lafayette, La.; she now calls Hollywood, Calif. home, and is known for her über-girly, diamond-dusted designs that usually sport some over-the-top stunning, large, and rare gemstone like tanzanite or zultanite (from Turkey). But she's also known for being one of the first independent designers in industry to understand the power of red carpet jewelry placement.MORE

Omi Privé Cheers for Pantone's 2014 Spring Colors!
Omi Gems - AGTA Member
Perfectly aligned with New York Fashion Week, Pantone has released their Spring 2014 Color Report, revealing soft pastels paired with vivid brights for a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad, and strong, confident women, designers are using color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.MORE

Christie's Fall Auction of Magnificent Jewels, October 15
Christie's New York begins the fall auction season with an exceptional line-up of fine jewels, important diamonds and rare colored gemstones to highlight its sale of Magnificent Jewels on October 15. In keeping with collector demand after the historic sale of the Princie Diamond, the most valuable Golconda diamond ever sold at auction, this sale offers a trio of colored diamonds of superior quality, depth of color, tone and saturation.MORE

Scam Alert: 'Malca-Amit West Africa'
A company called Malca-Amit West Africa is falsely representing itself to be part of the Malca-Amit International Network™. The company, which has no affiliations whatsoever with the Malca-Amit International Network™, claims to be working throughout West Africa as part of Malca-Amit. Anyone who is approached by a representative of Malca-Amit West Africa, or hands their valuables to this company, should be aware that they are not working with a genuine member of the Malca-Amit International Network™MORE

9 Ways to be More Productive on Social Media
Social media is an important part of doing business today. But this fact does not provide business owners and their employees carte blanche to spend hours interacting with high school buddies and neighbors. It's important that businesses are using social media productively, using posts to build business rather than simply chat and interact.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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