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March 05, 2014

The Oscars® Awash in Color & Big Necklaces, Earrings & Rings
AGTA - By Deborah Yonick
Statement necklaces are back in a big way, with some of the most memorable designs adorning leading ladies at the 86th Annual Academy Awards®. Dramatic gemmy earrings and cocktail rings remain staples, with color a key trend on the red carpet. The influence was strong for Art Deco and reinterpreted classic must-haves from past decades. MORE
Jennifer Lawrence
(Image Courtesy of PGI-USA. Credit Getty images)

Torii Necklace Masterpiece, A Labor of Love
Designer of the month and AGTA Member, Cynthia Renée, took on the challenge of immortalizing one man's love and devotion to his wife for their twenty fifth wedding anniversary. The end result, after three long years of hard work involving an extensive global search, meticulous examination of thousands of gems, delicate yet precise gem cutting, and expertise in color, creative design, and craftsmanship, the masterpiece we know now as the "Torii" necklace was created.MORE

Strong Demand in HK for Top Quality Gems
Despite worldwide market instability, Hong Kong's export growth has continued its double-digit increases. According to government figures for 2013, exports of loose pearls and gemstones totaled $16.6 billion, an increase of nearly 12 percent over the previous year. This pattern held special significance for the organizers of the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show underway at the AsiaWorld-Expo center.MORE


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

Great selection of Aquamarines, fine single stones in a large range of blues, and an unusually large selection of matched pairs in different shapes and sizes.

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.

March's Birthstone: Aquamarine
Add More Color To Your Life
As you might expect from a gem whose name means sea water, Aquamarine captures the beauty of the sea. This member of the beryl family, which also includes emerald, is found in a range of pastel blue and greenish blue shades, from the palest hint to a deep sky blue. The elegant icy color looks as fresh with earth tones as with other paste shades. And it is the perfect accompaniment to grey and navy.MORE

GIA Laboratory in New York to Relocate to IGT
GIA - AGTA Member
The GIA laboratory in New York is scheduled to begin its relocation to the International Gem Tower (IGT) on Friday, March 7. As such, there will be some temporary changes to our operations during the relocation period. MORE

World's Biggest Movie Stars Wear Platinum Jewelry To The 86th Annual Academy Awards
E Mag
Hollywood's biggest movie stars celebrated their achievements wearing platinum jewelry at the 86th Annual Academy Awards and related parties this evening. From the statement necklace as seen on Jennifer Lawrence, to Sandra Bullock's ear cuff and Jared Leto's shirt studs, leading actresses and actors chose to showcase their jewels in naturally white platinum settings that truly enhance the brilliance of diamonds and colored gemstones. Platinum is the precious metal that never changes color nor fades. It’s the ideal choice for life's most unforgettable moments.MORE

World's Biggest Diamond Sale Becomes World's Biggest Diamond Default
Jewelry News Network
Sotheby's said Thursday that the high-bidder of the 59.6-carat "Pink Star" diamond that sold for a world record price of $83.2 million has defaulted. Diamond cutter Isaac Wolf, who said he was representing unnamed investors, outbid three rivals for the gem at Sotheby's Geneva Magnificent Jewels Sale held in November. He renamed it the "Pink Dream."MORE

10 Signs You're Using Social Media Wrong
There's a vast difference between running social media profiles because that's the de facto expectation of businesses these days and actually building a substantive social following that contributes to your business goals.MORE

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