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January 15, 2014

Red Hot Red Carpet at 71st Golden Globes
AGTA - By Deborah Yonick
The first major red carpet event of the New Year, the 71st Golden Globes did not disappoint fashion faithfuls tuning in to see what their favorite celebrities were wearing. While a spectrum of looks in eveningwear flourished from structured to flowing, strapless to long sleeves, there were several strong trends including shades of red, black and white, shimmer and shine, and a fringe element most prominently expressed in earrings, pendants and bracelets. MORE

GIA Collaborates with Bahrain to Develop World-Class Pearl Testing Facility
GIA - AGTA Member
The Bahrain Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and GIA (Gemological Institute of America) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help develop the Kingdom of Bahrain's Gemstone and Pearl Testing Laboratory (GPTLB) into a world-class research centre for natural pearls.MORE


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Yael Opens Fine Jewelry Gallery in San Francisco
Instore Magazine - AGTA Member
Award-winning fine jewelry house AGTA Member, Yael Designs opened the first jewelry showroom in San Francisco's popular Union Square neighborhood. The showroom is the first of its kind to open at the famed art gallery building at 49 Geary Street, which houses more than a dozen fine art and photography galleries. Yael Designs' 1,400-square-foot showroom offers local jewelry lovers and art patrons an opportunity to view and learn about the art of fine jewelry design through Yael Designs' fashion and bridal collections.MORE

Gem Awards
Jewelers of America
The 2014 GEM Awards took place on January 10, 2014, at Cipriani 42nd Street, with a new, live, format! For the first time, GEM Award winners in the categories of Communications, Design and Media Excellence were revealed live during the ceremony. AGTA Members that received recognition were Kara Ross, Tiffany & Co. and JCK's editor in chief, Victoria Gomelsky.MORE

Pearl Perfection
The pearl has long been prized for its beauty but when it comes to natural pearls, the gemstone's appeal and value are significantly enhanced by its rarity. "You do see them, but not a bucket's worth," says André Asher, president and owner of A. Asher Pearl Company, a New York City–based pearl specialist and importer.MORE

Best in Jewelry: Golden Globes 2014
Jewels du Jour
Sunday night's 71st Golden Globe Awards kicked off award season with an aura of sophisticated elegance. Hollywood dressed to the nines to celebrate the best in film and television, with big wins for American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave and Breaking Bad.MORE

2013 Holiday Sales Mostly Positive at Tiffany, Signet, Zale Corp.
Jewelry News Network
The three largest jewelry retailers performed well enough during what was described as a challenging holiday sales period. Signet Jewelers, Tiffany & Co. and Zale Corp. experienced a November-December sales period that saw more competition for fewer shoppers. However, each company employed strategies that allowed them to make the most of the holiday season.MORE

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Ashlee Simpson's Engagement Ring: All the Details on Her Neil Lane Sparkler!
E! Online
Yesterday Ashlee Simpson announced her engagement to Evan Ross and even shared a photo of her engagement ring. Now, E! News has confirmed that the bling was designed by Neil Lane, who collaborated with Ross on a truly unique sparkler.MORE

Why Marketers Need to Care About Social Search
Marketing Profs
Is your company embracing social search? Here's a look at what it is and why you should take advantage of social search. "Social search engines use data from social networks and online relationships, including rating, shares, and likes, to determine the display order of search query results,"MORE

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