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October 30, 2013
 
 
 

AGTA Spectrum's Big Gem Trend (after Opal, of Course)
Instore Magazine - AGTA Member
Over the years, I've learned a lot by judging different jewelry design competitions. One thing's always a given: On reviewing the assortment - not just the winners—trends sort of stand out. Certainly, that was the case on Sunday, when I arrived at a "top-secret studio" in New York for a first peak at the 2014 Spectrum Awards winners. An hour earlier, some 30 to 50 winners were chosen in the American Gem Trade Association's 30th edition of its annual Spectrum competition. I met there with three other judges - Tara Silberberg of The Clay Pot, Candace Edelman of Alex Sepkus, and Jennifer Heebner of JCK - to decide on four winners in the final category, the WJA Gem DIVA Awards, which the Women's Jewelry Association sponsors in affiliation with AGTA's Spectrums. MORE

Gem Synthetic Sapphire and Diffusion-Treated Synthetics
GIA- AGTA Member
The previous article in this series discussed advances in sapphire crystal growth technology in response to the needs of industrial applications. But what does this mean for the gem segment of the synthetic sapphire industry? The answer is complex. The industrial sapphire market has changed the landscape of the gem synthetic sapphire market, in that production has shifted to new locations, particularly Asia. Meanwhile, associated input costs such as raw materials, equipment, and other consumables have been affected both positively and negatively. The synthetic gem industry has grown, as more consumers seek affordable luxury.MORE

 

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Winning Jewelry Designs from 2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards
Jewelry News Network
Colored gemstone jewelry took center stage Monday as the American Gem Trade Association announced the winners of its annual Spectrum Awards competition and allowed the press to view nearly all of the entries at an undisclosed location in New York.MORE

Citrine: November’s Birthstone
Add More Color To Your Life
Shining with a golden glow, people have long treasured citrine as a gift from the sun. Citrine, a variety of transparent quartz, is named after the French citron, or lemon. Its color ranges from a juicy lemon yellow to a bright orangey brown. In all of its glorious golden and yellow colors, citrine is the most affordable of all the earth-toned gemstones, the perfect complement to all the warm tones in your wardrobe. Its sunny shades are also a lovely way to light up black and gray or contrast against blue.MORE

AGS Chief Ruth Batson on Empowerment, Open-Door Policies, and Her Gem of a Company
JCK - AGTA Member
You could say Ruth Batson has practically grown up at the American Gem Society. She began at the organization 20 years ago, starting on the financial side, and eventually worked her way up to executive director and CEO in 2002. She talked with JCK about her management philosophy—including why she never screens calls, how she handles always having a new boss, and the importance of simply showing up.MORE

By Design | High Season for High Jewels
T Magazine: New York Times
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but next month is all about men designing and collecting some of the world's greatest gems. The Paris-based Joel Arthur Rosenthal, known professionally as JAR - an acronym synonymous for more than 35 years with ne plus ultra jewels fashioned into spirals, flowers and butterflies - will unveil his first American retrospective, "Jewels by JAR," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.MORE

Guinness World Record Holding Paraiba Tourmaline Necklace "Paraiba Star of the Ocean Jewels"
Kaufmann de Suisse
The entrance on the market of an extremely rare and perfect natural treasure presenting a combination of outstanding characteristics is causing a huge stir amongst top art and jewellery collectors worldwide. The quality and size of this striking and rare gem, combined with the internationally renowned jewellery design imprimatur of the house of KAUFMANN de SUISSE, makes the upcoming auction a truly significant event.MORE

15 Big Social Media Mistakes Companies Make and How to Avoid Them
CIO.com
The entrance on the market of an extremely rare and perfect natural treasure presenting a combination of outstanding characteristics is causing a huge stir amongst top art and jewellery collectors worldwide. The quality and size of this striking and rare gem, combined with the internationally renowned jewellery design imprimatur of the house of KAUFMANN de SUISSE, makes the upcoming auction a truly significant event.MORE

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