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March 19, 2014
2014 AGTA GemFair™ Seminar Program DVD-Rom Now Available
The AGTA recorded 19 seminars in the AGTA GemFair™ Seminar Program in Tucson using technology that combines the audio recording synched with the speaker's PowerPoint presentation. The DVD-Rom makes a great reference or can be used to educate associates on current issues and trends. The Association is distributing free copies of the seminar DVD-Rom to every AGTA Member company (including those who signed up for membership at and since Gemfair) and is making the recordings available to non-members for a nominal fee of $50. MORE

Diane Flora, AGTA Education and Membership Manager, receives WJA Shining Star Award
Each year, the Women's Jewelry Association recognizes a member from each regional chapter who has given extraordinary service to her chapter through its Shining Stars Awards. Join us in congratulating AGTA's very own Diane Flora, Membership and Education Manager, for receiving one of this year's Shining Star Awards! Here are the 10 women who provided extraordinary service and support to their individual regional chapters. Congrats to all!MORE

On the Origins of Gems
New York Times
Every February, gem and mineral dealers from around the world flock to this city in the Arizona desert for a confluence of buying shows that function as the trade's version of a debutante ball. And every year, intense speculation centers on which gem will be crowned the proverbial belle.MORE


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The Winners: the 2014 Jewelers' Choice Awards
JCK - AGTA Member
Talk about variety: The first-place finishers in our seventh annual ­retailer-driven design competition comprise 19 categories, 49 pieces, and price points ­ranging from $170 to $1 million. There's something for every store in this sparkling salute to our 2014 JCK Jewelers' Choice Award winners.MORE

Science Opened Doors to Art for Gemologist-Designer
GIA - AGTA Member
AGTA Member, Loretta Castoro, remembers feeling a growing sense of wonder as she huddled with her elementary school class over a crystal grown during a science experiment. That sense of curiosity and excitement would stay with the Oyster Bay, Long Island student far beyond her grade school experience.MORE

Giving Back in Africa
Pala International - AGTA Member
Last April we noted the efforts of award-winning gemstone faceter Lisa Elser to give back a portion of her profits to the people of the countries that produce her gorgeous stones. In 2013 she and her husband Tom Schlegel donated medical equipment to Dr. Ikem Onwude, who conducts free weekend clinics in Abuja, Nigeria. They hope to finance a medical safari to the country's mining regions in 2014.MORE

Why coloured diamonds are a girl's new best friend
Professional Jeweller
From Sex & The City to Sotheby's Geneva, coloured diamonds are grabbing headlines and the attention of consumers. Arta Ertekin quizzes diamond dealers and jewellers about the growing appeal of coloured diamonds and why brides are becoming more enamoured with colour. The solitaires of many fiancées have adopted interesting shades of late. Red, purple, green, blue, pink, orange, yellow, cognac and even brown; fancy coloured diamonds have never been so popular.MORE

The mystery of Mont Blanc's hidden treasure
BBC News
It's a plot line that wouldn't be out of place in a Tintin comic - a French mayor, an Alpine climber, a historian, a wealthy Jewish stone merchant from London, and their tenuous connections to a bag of lost jewels discovered on the peak of Mont Blanc.MORE

These 24 Tools Will Blast Your Brand To the Next Level
Social Media Today
In this noisy content marketing world, it can be a challenge to make your brand stand out from the crowd. With millions of free webinars and free trial this and free demo that, the overload can send anyone in a tailspin. Channel your inner Tim the Toolman Taylor and take some notes. Here are the tools to help catapult your brand to new heights.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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