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December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays from the American Gem Trade Association
All of us at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) would like to wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season! We look forward to ringing in another bright and colorful new year with you!

From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor: Jewelry through the Ages

GIA - AGTA Member
John Benjamin, a long-time contributor of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, promised a "personal account of 450 years of jewelry in one hour and four minutes" when he visited a GIA Alumni Association's London chapter meeting in December 2013. He delivered that and more as he treated over 50 alumni members and guests to a presentation full of passion, expertise and humor. MORE

True North Gems leaves Yukon emeralds in the ground
CBC News
It's near the end for what was once touted as a possible emerald mine in the Yukon. True North Gems has approval to take the remaining equipment and material from its Tsa Da Glisza property in southeastern Yukon.MORE


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Engaged couples look beyond white diamonds
Crain's Chicago Business
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend—but they aren't the default for all brides-to-be anymore. While the traditional white diamond engagement ring always has been a classic choice, the tradition isn't set in stone. Just a few years ago, some 98 percent of the couples walking through the doors of Geneva Seal—a family-owned jewelry store on Oak Street—were buying white diamond rings.MORE

Cartier’s Conquest: Egyptomania Takes Hold
Sotheby’s New York Magnificent Jewels sale achieved an outstanding total of $60,735,520, in excess of its high estimate of over $58,000,000. With a full salesroom and overcrowded phone banks, it made for an extraordinary marathon-style sale; beginning at 10 am and ending after 7 pm, the sale pitted paddle against paddle as natural pearls, signed jewels and classic white diamonds spawned bidding war after bidding war.MORE

Emerald Expositions Acquires Antique Jewelry Fairs
Tradeshow company, Emerald Expositions, Inc., is set to expand its jewelry and watch portfolio through the acquisition of George Little Management LLC for $335 million, according to a joint statement from the two companies.MORE

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A 'Shocked' and 'Disappointed' Tiffany & Co. Ordered to Pay $450 Million to Swatch Group
Jewelry News Network
A long, simmering dispute between two powerhouses in the luxury jewelry and watch world appears to have come to an end when a Dutch arbitration panel ordered Tiffany & Co. to pay 402 million Swiss francs ($450 million) to Swatch Group for breach of contract. In addition, a counter-claim by Tiffany & Co. was dismissed by the panel.MORE

15 Diamonds That Made Headlines in 2013
JCK - AGTA Member
In 2013, diamonds were everyone's best friend. Check out 15 of the most jaw-dropping, wondrous, luminescent, and headline-grabbing diamonds this year had to offer.MORE

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2014 Social Media Tricks, Tools & Trends
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When it comes to covering the news, getting the visual word out, and capturing the ROI moment, social media proved itself as an influencer in paid, earned, owned, and even traditional media.MORE

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