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November 13, 2013

2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards® from NYC to LA
This past weekend the American Gem Trade Association shot the 2014 Spectrum Award®-winning jewelry on celebrities Marg Helgenberger and Taraji P. Henson in Los Angeles. The shoot was produced and styled by fashion expert, Tod Hallman of THP Fashion, Inc. MORE

In Living Color: Choosing a colored stone for a custom design
NJSA Custom Jeweler
When you help a client choose a colored gemstone for a custom design, you are the expert who stands at the center of what your client wants in a stone, what's available, and what's possible in a design. So says AGTA Member Cynthia Renee of Cynthia Renee Inc. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who started her business in 1990 and specializes in rare and fine gemstones as well as high-price-point custom jewelry. Here she offers a step by step approach to ensuring your customers get the stones they want. MORE


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World's Largest Orange Diamond Sells for a World Record $35.5 Million
Jewelry News Network
A 14.82-carat fancy vivid orange diamond set two world records as it sold for more than $35.5 million at Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale held Tuesday. Simply called "The Orange," the gem set a world record for a fancy vivid orange diamond. And at $2,398,151 per carat, it also set a world record price per carat for any colored diamond sold at auction. It shattered its high estimate of $21 million. MORE

E-Jeweler Gemvara Pops the Question "Do You Dream in Color?"
AGTA Member Gemvara has battled the cookie-cutter designs of mainstream fine jewelry for years now with its custom e-commerce business model and focus on high quality colored-stones. This holiday season, the retailer has entered the world of brick-and-mortar for the first time ever with a pop-up shop at 129 Newbury, conveniently above another color-conscious brand, Jonathan Adler.MORE

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• Each Member company will get five (5) free registered users. Additional associates will be only $25 per person.

• Non-member companies can get an annual subscription to the platform for $350 for up to five associates, then $75 per additional student.

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As Jadeite Prices Soar, So Does Supply Uncertainty
GIA - AGTA Member
Shortly after the mid-September Hong Kong show opened, a crowd gathered at a corner window in the fine design pavilion. The attraction was a green jadeite necklace with 29 translucent beads ranging from 14 to 16.6 mm, displayed on a velvet torso. A discreet sign underneath noted the piece was not for sale. One visitor, however, suggested that it might bring US$10 million.MORE

Explore the visual culture of elite New York in the late-19th and early- 20th centuries
Museum of the City of New York
Inaugurating the Museum's Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city's visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design.MORE

Social Media for Small Businesses: How To Harness The Hashtag
Huffington Post
You've seen it everywhere: on TV advertisements and billboards, on Twitter and Facebook, on ironic T-shirts and baseball caps. You may have even heard a cheeky millennial say it out loud. But the humble hashtag (#) isn't just a fad. In its true iteration - as early Twitter users truly intended - it served as a way to carry on a conversation with a diverse audience.MORE

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The Diamond Council of America invites AGTA members to visit our online Reading Room, which features a library of articles, videos and other resources to help your business thrive.

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