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January 01, 2014

Taking a look back at 2013...
As 2013 comes to a close, we are using this week’s ePRISM to reflect back over the trends and topics that made this a spectacularly colorful year! Thank you for helping us have another successful, and colorful, year here at AGTA. From all of our staff, we wish you a happy New Year and remember, Add More Color to Your Life!

And the Winner Is...

Once again, the American Gem Trade Association played host to a select group of top consumer and trade publications as well as influential bloggers at a sun-drenched loft in New York City. After a weekend of our panel of experts judging all 450 + entries, which included jewelry by both emerging and established artists, and loose gemstones and cultured pearls, attending media had the opportunity to review all entrants and winners of this year's AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition. Editors from publications such as New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, Town and Country and Brides took the time to look at all pieces on display before voting on the "Editor's Choice Award." The amazing Katey Brunini took home that award with her "Robot Heart" necklace. MORE

2013 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson: A Huge Success!
The 2013 AGTA GemFair Tucson was held at the Tucson Convention Center, February 5th through 10th. The show started out with record numbers and the momentum continued throughout the week! MORE


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AGTA Launches NEW Brand Identity
As many of you know, AGTA has recently embarked on a rebranding project. In our research, we found out that our Members, more than ever, are committed to the mission of the organization. We confirmed that by committing to the highest ethical practices and disclosure of gem enhancements, we actively advance, promote and support the long-term stability and integrity in the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industries.MORE

Christine Marzano, the Paranoia Actress and Ivy League Grad Adds Jewelry Spokesmodel to Her Resume
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To say that Christine Marzano has an eclectic list of accomplishments is, to be sure, an understatement. The talented young actress is a Princeton University graduate, a former print and runway fashion model, and an alumnus of London’s Shakespeare Conservatory, parlaying that study into roles for live theatre productions in New York, followed by film performances with marquee names like Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth. But one of Marzano's most recent gigs is certainly something she'd never thought about until approached with the opportunity: a celebrity muse for the winning jewelry designs of the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Collection.MORE

AGTA Corners Times Square
At this point, the American Gem Trade Association is no stranger to Times Square! The Reuters Sign at 43rd St. and 7th featured none other then famed Homeland actress Morena Baccarin wearing jewelry from the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™! The caption that accompanies the image reads "American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards jewelry worn by Morena Baccarin."MORE

Color Shines from the AGTA Collection at the JIC Fine Jewelry Preview
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) showcased a stunning variety of jewelry for the annual Jewelry Information Center (JIC) Jewelry Preview, held in New York City last week. The event attracted top fashion, bridal and trade editors to view new jewelry designs. This year's attendance list was graced by the likes of Elite Traveler, Lucky, Newsday, Veranda and W Magazine, just to name a few! The AGTA Collection showcased colored gemstone and cultured pearl pieces from ten AGTA Member designers.MORE

Special Designs, Rich Color Rule Golden Globes
Hollywood's embrace of color continues in apparel and accessories on the red carpet at the 70th annual Golden Globe® Awards, January 13. The buzz was for customized creations like Naomi Watts' oxblood Zac Posen and Julianne Moore's graphic black and white Tom Ford that broke from the status quo body-conscious bias-cut dress, strapless mermaid silhouette and princess ball gown. The most memorable jewels were special designs in rich color, like Watts custom-made Lorraine Schwartz blackened lavender jade, ruby and diamond earrings with more than 15-carats of rubies, and an 8-carat ruby and diamond ring; and Moore in a Bulgari platinum ring with nearly 10 carats of emerald.MORE

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Color Rocks the Runway: At the Jewelers of America Fashion Show at AGS Conclave
As the sun fell on the beautiful Phoenix desert, the perfect back drop was created for the opening night event at this year’s American Gem Society Conclave. The Jewelers of America Fashion Show kicked off the 2013 AGS Conclave at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore. As models walked down the runway decked out in Carmen Marc Valvo gowns and dripping in jewelry, the room full of prestigious jewelers erupted!MORE

Big Gems Color Emmy’s Red Carpet
It's cliché to say colored gemstone jewelry is a trend on the red carpet, when in fact it's the must-have, go-to accessory of Hollywood’s most stylish leading ladies. Hands down, the big gemmy designs are the ones you remember. Bold earrings, statement necklaces, cuff bracelets, and eye-catching cocktail rings in vibrant gemstones sparkled at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards®, September 22.MORE

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