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June 04, 2014
Amanda Gizzi Presents Fall 2014 Trends at JCK Las Vegas
JCK - AGTA Member
Amanda Gizzi, director of public relations and special events for Jewelers of America, gave a presentation at JCK Las Vegas on Saturday called "Trend Tracking 101: What to Buy and How to Use Trends to Increase Traffic and Drive Sales." Audience members were rapt with attention, taking notes and snapping photos of Gizzi's presentation as she talked through the top trends for fall 2014 and looking forward to 2015. MORE

Witnessing the Creation of Jadeite Masterpieces
GIA - AGTA Member
Gemologists seldom get the opportunity to visit a factory staffed by highly skilled jadeite carvers and then get to see the final products in a retail store specializing in high-end jadeite. But this was what the authors experienced during their extensive trip through China and their stop in Sihui Guangdong province. We visited Mazu, a company synonymous with highly skilled jadeite artists and fine-quality jadeite carvings and jewelry. MORE

Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Pamela Huizenga Jewelry at Couture
It always starts with the shiny things. Children's pockets full of interesting bits, collected throughout a day: stones, fossils, crystals. Like magpies, we're drawn to the treasure hunt. For AGTA Member, Pamela Huizenga, her fascination with color and gemstones began this way, innocently enough. Pamela's family recognized this interest, and nurtured it with trips from their home in Florida to North Carolina where they mined their own gemstones. Pamela collected and eventually began cutting those gemstones herself at the age of sixteen. And so began a tendency towards hoarding collecting gemstones that would lead her in a circuitous path to her current jewelry collections in her own namesake. MORE


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Jewelers for Children Raises $2.9 Million
Instore - AGTA Member
On June 1, Jewelers for Children held the 16th Annual Facets of Hope event in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The charity announced that $ 2.9 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the year ahead and that since 1999, more than $45 million had been donated on behalf of the industry to help children in need. MORE

Colored gemstones emerge as the rock stars of jewelry showcase
LA Times
There were designers from around the globe, from the big and well-established (Kwiat, Fred Leighton, Stephen Webster, Pomellato) to first-time exhibitors such as Bangkok-based Alessio Boschi, whose peacock feather collar featuring 15 astounding Australian opals (it can actually be pulled apart to create five pieces) made an unforgettable impression. MORE

Live from Couture: New from Gemfields
National Jeweler
AGTA Member, Gemfields debuted its newest pieces from partnerships with various designers at the Couture show, as well as its limited-edition collection with fine jewelry brand Marina B. Marina B's new 15-piece collection features rings, necklaces and earrings boasting the colored gemstone miner's Zambian emeralds, pioneered by Marina B Creative Director Omar Torres. MORE

IN PICS: Angelina Jolie Maleficent-inspired jewels
Professional Jeweller
Italian jewellery designer and winner of the Gold Talents award, Gianluca Gabbani, was inspired to create a ring, bracelet and headpiece that looks like crows frozen mid-flight after seeing Angelina Jolie in Maleficent. (Pictures courtesy of Angelina Jolie's starring role as the evil queen Maleficent in Disney's new origin-story movie has inspired a plethora of dark, gothic and emerald jewels. From Stella McCartney adorning Angelina Jolie with spiky accoutrements on the red carpet to Stephen Einhorn crafting a Viking-inspired necklace specifically for the movie, the power of Maleficent isn't limited to the silver screen. MORE

Irene Neuwirth (A.K.A. California-Cool Jewelry Designer) Reveals Her Lucky Charm
Glamour Magazine
Jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth, who is nominated for the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Swarovski Award for Jewelry Design, is that girl. Her line, which has a notable slew of Hollywood fans (Julianne Moore wore a set of her emerald cuffs at the Met Ball!), is all handmade and uses almost exclusively natural materials. MORE

Four Steps to Social Media Marketing Success
Business 2 Community
Whether you're gathering "likes" on Facebook, hashtagging on Twitter, or networking on LinkedIn, you likely have an idea of just how expansive and complex social media can be-and that complexity only doubles if you're using it for online business. You have to manage a lot and work pretty hard to keep your social media working properly. This is often why social media is abandoned by many online business professionals. For some, it can be just too much to handle; and if you're not handling it effectively, your pay-off may not seem like it's worth the effort. MORE

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