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January 08, 2014
2014 AGTA GemFair Tucson Education Tracks
It can be a challenge to choose the right seminar at the right time! There is so much valuable information to be shared. Here is a chart listing the seminars according to their topics: Gemology – Gemstone/Pearls – Jewelry/Custom Design – Trends – Business – Appraising

• Find what is interesting/relevant to you.
• Note the date, time & room.
• Create your schedule!

Some seminars cover more than one topic! In all, you have endless possibilities. Enjoy!
Please note: Some GIA classes require registration and charge a fee.

GIA’s New Report Formats will Launch January 1, 2014
GIA - AGTA Member
GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will introduce the revised format for its diamond grading and gem identification reports beginning January 1, 2014. While the format will change, the information which is so important to clients and the public will not.MORE


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Bring it to Life with high quality single stones, matched pairs, and suites from Gem 2000.

From all major world sources, we offer you well cut, bright and fine red colors in vibrant single stones in a wide range of size and shape, as well as matched pairs and some melee. Always a beautiful red at all price points.

For over 27 years, Gem 2000 has been importing fine gems from all world sources in a large range of materials, offering exceptional service and expertise to our customers.

Jen's Obsession: Brenda Smith's Smithsonian-Bound Four Peaks Amethyst Ring
JCK - AGTA Member
Last year at the AGTA Tucson GemFair, Brenda Smith of Brenda Smith Jewelry (AGTA Member) chatted up Russell Feather about possible additions to his mineral collection at the Smithsonian. Feather, the collection manager for the National Gem and Mineral Collection, told Smith, an AGTA exhibitor in the designer section, that he was looking for specific items to fill out his displays. The Woodstock, Ga.-based artist mulled over possibilities after the fair ended, ultimately showing Feather a masterfully cut amethyst from Darryl Alexander, an award-winning cutter from Gilbert, Ariz., that she had set into a ring. The piece impressed Feather so much that it earned a spot in the Smithsonian collection. (A formal presentation of the ring to Feather will take place at the show this year.)MORE

Sneak Peek: Cartier at DAM? Brilliant!
Pala International - AGTA Member
It may be nearly a year away, but Denverites and visitors can look forward to a holiday treat next fall with a homegrown show, "Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century," produced exclusively at the Denver Art Museum, as announced last Tuesday. Focusing on the maison's work from the first eight decades of the 2000s, the exhibition will feature 250 pieces: jewelry, timepieces (including the Egyptian striking clock pictured below) and more, as well as "his" items like cufflinks, cigarette cases, and Cartier's signature tank wristwatch.MORE

20 Stunning Colored-Stone Engagement Rings (You Won't Miss the Diamond, Promise!)
Don't miss out on beautiful designs being featured in this article from AGTA Members Yael Designs, Tiffany & Co., Omi Gems, Jane Taylor, and Erica Courtney.MORE

Golden Globe Awards Jewelry Trend Predictions From Leading Style Expert
PR Newswire
This week Michael O'Connor, celebrity stylist and television personality, will host StyleLab's styling event for Golden Globe Award nominees, presenters and stylists at a private venue in Los Angeles. Every season, O'Connor curates a selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from world-renowned designers for celebrities to borrow for the red carpet. From colored gemstone earrings to sustainable champagne diamond bangles, O'Connor will accessorize Hollywood's leading stars with the most exquisite, highest quality jewelry.MORE

Chanel's Giant Pearls Are Already Dominating 2014's Magazine Covers
Chanel sure knows what's up when it comes to creating statement accessories. The handbags and jewelry Karl Lagerfeld and Co. send down the runway each season may not always be the most practical for IRL situations, but as far as fashion mags are concerned, the stuff is editorial gold.MORE

As a benefit of membership, Members have online access to FREE color gemstone education to enhance their gemstone selling skills.

• 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.

Click here to check out the AGTA’s online education program and get started TODAY!

The Six Golden Rules of Social Media Marketing for Business
Social media is now undoubtedly one of the top tools for anyone wanting to grow their business and there is no lack of sites to use. Most people automatically gravitate towards Facebook and Twitter but of course there are many more to choose from. Before signing up to everything randomly, however, it is best to do some market research on your potential customers or you may end up spending hours on sending out messages that will never be read by anyone relevant to you.MORE

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Step inside the Diamond Council Reading Room!

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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since 1975

IGI, a worldwide gemological laboratory, providing objective and accurate grading, identification and appraisal reports for gemstones and fine jewelry along with laser inscription and educational courses

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