October 02, 2013

The American Gem Trade Association Announces New Board Directors
This year, seven Director positions were up for election to the Board of the American Gem Trade Association. In accordance with the AGTA By-Laws, the AGTA Firm Members also voted for the office of President. It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the following Directors that were elected to the 2014 AGTA Board:MORE

Jewelry Trends Report: The 2014 Spring Color Trends: Jewelry Edition
Jewelers of America
When Pantone -- the world's authority on color -- unveiled their Fashion Color Report for Spring 2014, it continued to focus on a mix of bright citrus shades with dazzling blues and purples. With colors these bright and refreshing, consider incorporating the 2014 Spring color palette into your marketing, merchandising and jewelry displays next year.MORE

Is the gem you are looking at the right "size"?
John Dyer & Co. - AGTA Member
Since carats are a measure of weight and not a measurement of visual size they can be misleading. Imagine looking for a one pound block of wood or a one pound block of steel. They both would weigh the same, but the block of wood will LOOK far larger because wood is less "heavy" than steel. In technical terms they have different "specific gravities" and so does each gem material. Diamond is much "heavier" than opal for example.MORE

Climber finds treasure trove off Mont Blanc
A French climber scaling a glacier off Mont Blanc got more than satisfaction for his efforts when he stumbled across a treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires that had been buried for decades.MORE

Life of a gem
Observer & Eccentric
Orin Mazzoni III, a Northville native, is working on a project that involves two of his life-long passions - gems and filmmaking."This is the ultimate dream of combining both of my life's passions into one," he said from his new home in California. He is now putting together a true independent film called "Sharing the Rough" and its meant to be a gift to the gemological community, from the miners and families in East Africa that work to bring these precious gems to the surface, to the final unique piece that is set into a stunning piece of jewelry.MORE

Opal: Just One of October's Birthstones
Add More Color To Your Life
A beautiful opal is one of a kind: a natural artwork with a unique pattern of rainbow flashes of color unlike any other. It's as individual as your personality. You may prefer an opal that serenely glows with pinpoint flashes of the blues and greens of the sea and sky. Or you may fall in love with a gem that flashes broad patterns of red and yellow, with all the bright festivity of carnival in Rio. And with its rainbow appeal, opal complements everything in your wardrobe.MORE

Sotheby's to Auction $60 Million Pink Diamond in Geneva
A 59.60-carat pink diamond is estimated to raise more than $60 million, a record for any gemstone at auction, when it is sold in Switzerland in November. The oval-cut stone, the largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), will be sold by Sotheby's (BID) in Geneva on Nov. 13, the New York-based auction house said today in a statement.MORE

Video Feature: Gem Mining in Cambodia
GIA - AGTA Member
See how locals in Pailin, a province in western Cambodia near the Thai border, mine for small sapphires, rubies, zircon, garnet, and sometimes gold. GIA field gemologist Vincent Pardieu joins a small team of miners as they wash the ground for sapphire and ruby at a secondary deposit in Pailin.MORE

Social Media: Great Tools For Teamwork
Whether you're a self-publisher, small press or major publisher, one thing you're going to have to do is collaborate. Email has become the default tool for communication and, more by accident rather than design, for collaboration as well. But sadly, email often makes working together harder rather than easier. Sending versions of books back and forth amongst editors and beta readers for comments just ends up with lots of documents that have to be merged together by hand, a tedious process that's prone to error.MORE