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September 18, 2013

Introducing the 2014 AGTA Spectrum Award Judges
The American Gem Trade Association is pleased to announce its panel of judges for the 2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards™. Each year AGTA assembles an expert panel from different facets of the industry to judge the Spectrum Awards jewelry design and gemstone competition, and this year is no exception. The judges are Jennifer McCurry, Jennie Ma, Barbara Heinrich, John Hatleberg, and Jose Hess. MORE

Emmy Awards Jewelry Trend Predictions From Leading Style Expert
Yahoo Finance
This week Michael O'Connor, celebrity stylist and television personality, will host StyleLab's styling event for Emmy Award nominees, presenters and stylists at a private venue in Los Angeles. Make sure you keep an eye out for our AGTA Members that are participating; Baggins Inc, Janet Deleuse, Frankie Caballero, and Gems by Gerald!MORE


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SSEF releases laboratory alert on new, unstable treatment of conch pearls which results in surface damage
The Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF) announced it has identified a previously unknown treatment of conch pearls (e.g. Strombus gigas) that seriously corrodes and damages the surface of such pearls. SSEF detected the treatment after running an extensive series of tests on a necklace containing surface corroded conch pearls. The research showed that the conch pearls were damaged by a new and unstable treatment (coating) that was applied on the surface. It seems the treatment damage is irreversible.MORE

The Timeless Allure of Art Deco
GIA - AGTA Member
..." The term "Art Deco" - the period lasted from the 1920s through the 1930s - came from Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industrials Modernes, an exhibition of decorative arts held in Paris in 1925. Jewelry was one of the featured items, and the judges selected geometric, linear pieces that celebrated modern industry."MORE

Pearls at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Pala International, Inc. - AGTA Member
The V&A and Qatar Museums Authority have teamed up for an exhibition, "Pearls," which opens this Saturday. The V&A website is not being stingy in its preview of what's in store, with the exhibition pages filled with teasers to tempt your attendance. What you won't see represented may lure you in, if you needed it: on display will be a pearl-drop earring worn by Charles I at his 1649 execution, and a necklace of cultured pearls given to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio in 1954.MORE

Dazzling blue diamonds and historic pearls among highlights of Bonhams Fine Jewelry Sale
Historic and rare jewels including blue diamonds, exquisite natural pearls and pioneering Cartier designs. An outstanding collection of historic and rare jewels including blue diamonds, exquisite natural pearls and art deco pieces will be offered in the Fine Jewelry sale at Bonhams, New Bond Street on 18th September.MORE

Hong Kong Jewelry Show May Signal Industry Recovery
The momentum began with the Las Vegas jewelry shows in June and continued with the VicenzaOro Fall jewelry show a week ago in Italy. It now appears to have grown full steam with the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.MORE

Does social media make us smarter?
The Week
On any given day, the average American teenager spends more than 7.5 hours online and uses his or her cellphone 60 times. While these numbers strike fear in the hearts of parents and crotchety novelists lamenting the loss of a more meaningful existence, there are some real benefits to a technology-saturated life: Young people spend far more time consuming new information, honing verbal concision, and interacting with a diverse audience than they have at any point in history.MORE

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