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November 27, 2013

Fashion Industry Increases Haiyan Relief Efforts
Women's Wear Daily
...He further noted that Kara Ross (AGTA Member) began working with a group of artisans in the Philippines on woven handbags and her company will be donating 25 percent of the retail price of each bag to organizations that are coordinating relief efforts. The handbags, which include clutches and day bags, are priced from $670 to $1,170, and will be sold exclusively at MORE

Exhibit Review: Van Cleef & Arpels at the Bowers Museum
GIA - AGTA Member
This multifaceted exhibit, which debuted at the Bowers Museum Oct. 27, features more than 200 jewels and fashion accessories, as well as design sketches and archival photos of celebrities and royalty wearing some of the finest jewelry ever assembled. According to Tim Adams, the Bowers' curatorial consultant of decorative arts, the exhibit was more than ten years in the making. The pieces are from the archival Van Cleef & Arpels Collection, which the company has assembled through auction purchases for preservation.MORE


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Color Report 10 of 10: 5 Jewels to Color-Block With Pantone's Dazzling Blue
JCK - AGTA Member
Make sure you take a look at AGTA Member Abellan's stunning earrings! The Pantone Spring 2014 Fashion Color Report provides an overview of fashion designers' color choices in their new collections. The colors are important for jewelers to know so they can help customers color-block accessories. Here are five ways to color-block with Pantone's Dazzling Blue.MORE

Kettering jeweler to retire, pass business to daughter
Daytona Business Journal
A well-known jeweler in Kettering is passing on his business to his daughter. Fred Weber is retiring from Weber Jewelers (AGTA Member), and his daughter Stephanie Weber will take over ownership of the business, the company announced Tuesday.MORE

Tiffany's profit sparkles on strength in its Yellow Diamonds collection
New York Daily News
Turns out Rihanna's not the only fan of yellow diamonds. AGTA Member, Tiffany & Co. said its collection of the citron-colored sparklers, along with its Roman numeral-adorned Atlas collection, helped it post expectation-topping quarterly results.MORE

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Celebrity Engagement Rings: Kate Middleton's Sparkler Not The Most Expensive
Huffington Post Canada
This may come as a shock to you all but Kate Middleton's extravagant bling isn't the most expensive celebrity engagement ring out there. According to Finances Online, the 18-carat blue sapphire and white diamond ring, which originally belonged to Princess Diana, cost just $45,000, making it one of the least expensive rings in celebrity-land.MORE

On December 10, after a banner year in which new heights were achieved for colored and colorless diamonds, Christie's New York will conclude the winter auction season with a spectacular 52.58-carat D-color Internally Flawless Golconda diamond that possesses a superior luminance, luster and distinct brilliance. The sacred diamond mines of Golconda yield diamonds of a specific type, color, and the highest degree of transparency. Exhibiting a superior polish and octagonal cutting style, a diamond this rare marks an unprecedented opportunity for collectors of the world's finest gemstones. In addition, this blockbuster 500-lot day-long auction at Christie's Rockefeller Center is comprised of important colored and colorless diamonds, rare gemstones, signed jewels, and natural pearls, expected to achieve in excess of $45 million.MORE

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The Like War: 9 Tips For Using Social Marketing as a Longterm Business Strategy
Huffington Post
Social media marketing has been all the rage with most businesses and brands but the problem is that about 99 percent of companies are failing at executing social for business. Leaders of businesses across the country are misinformed of the true power of social marketing and are focused on the wrong metrics. We are in the midst of what I am calling The Like War -- where companies are spending tremendous amounts of funds and resources to get people to like their Facebook page and follow their other social media pages. I believe that social marketing is the most misunderstood tool in business today, but it has the most opportunity for those that look past the hype and focus on the true value.MORE

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