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June 18, 2014
Platinum Bridal Jewelry Trends
Jewelry Information Center
VIDEO: Be sure to see AGTA Members Gumuchian, Omi Prive and Stuller being showcased in the interview! Tis the season for weddings! Engagement rings and wedding bands are the iconic symbols of marriage that represents a lifelong commitment of love. To help you find the right styles for you, we'll show you the hottest trends in platinum bridal jewelry. Platinum is a top choice by women for their own engagement ring because its pure white color means it won't fade or change color over time. Its durability means precious stones, like diamonds, are held securely in place for a lifetime. Both of these are qualities that ensure it will stand the test of time. MORE

Purple to Reddish Purple Chrysoberyl from Brazil
Pala International - AGTA Member
Over the years we have looked at several studies by Dr. Karl Schmetzer of natural and synthetic chrysoberyl, especially the alexandrite variety, regarding which he has written the definitive reference. This month we review "Purple to Reddish Purple Chrysoberyl from Brazil," co-authored with Jaroslav Hyršl, Heinz-Jürgen Bernhardt and Thomas Hainschwang, and appearing in Journal of Gemmology, 34(1), 2014, pp. 32–40 (abstract). MORE

Take a Trip Through the Strange Worlds Within Gemstones
For all the infinite vastness of the universe we've seen through telescopes, the world seen under a microscope also reveals some pretty alien-looking vistas. Like the tiny cosmos hidden inside gemstones, a realm that photomicrographer Danny Sanchez captures in striking photographs. MORE


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Omi Privé Receives First Ever Platinum Craftsmanship Award at JCK Las Vegas
Omi Prive - AGTA Member
Omi Privé has been awarded the first ever "Platinum Craftsmanship Award" in the fifth annual Platinum Innovation Awards. Each year, Platinum Guild International hosts the prestigious Innovation Awards for outstanding platinum design in a variety of categories. During the 2014 Innovation Awards Editor's Day in New York City, Platinum Guild International recognized Omi Privé's superior work in platinum and specially created the "Platinum Craftsmanship Award." Competition organizers were extremely impressed by the attention to detail and high quality of craftsmanship seen in every Omi Privé piece. MORE

WJA Names Hall of Fame Honorees for 2014 Awards for Excellence
Women's Jewelry Association
The Women's Jewelry Association named its Hall of Fame honorees for the association's annual Awards for Excellence gala, to be held Monday, July 28, 2014, at Pier 60 on the Chelsea Piers in New York City. Ruth Batson, executive director and CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; David J. Bonaparte, president & CEO of Jewelers of America, will receive the Ben Kaiser Lifetime Achievement Award; and Richline Group will receive the Corporate Award. Click here to purchase sponsorships or tickets for the Gala. MORE

Petra Diamonds Unearths another Exceptional Blue Diamond from South Africa's Cullinan Mine
Mining Global
Petra Diamonds Limited, owners of the Cullinan mine in South Africa, one of the world's most celebrated diamond mines, has just announced it has unearthed yet another exceptionally rare 122.52 carat blue diamond. The Cullinan mine, the world's most important source of rare blue diamonds, is located at the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range, 37 kilometres north-east of Pretoria and was acquired by Petra Diamonds in 2008. MORE

India: Jewels that inspired the world
The Telegraph
India has always been the world's gem cornucopia; its colourful culture has been the source of inspiration for western and eastern art for hundreds of years. Until diamond mines were discovered in Brazil in 1725, the Golconda region in south India was the sole supplier of diamonds to the world. Many of the diamonds set in Russian and European royal regalia are probably of Indian origin; cut and transformed by skilled lapidaries into awe-inspiring jewels that have adorned tsars, maharajahs, kings and queens. MORE

IGI Collaborates With GJSCI to Expand Training Options
AGTA Member, International Gemological Institute (IGI) – a pioneer in diamond and gem testing services with an unmatched school of gemology – has collaborated with the Gems & Jewelry Skill Council of India (GJSCI), an affiliate of the Indian government, to address the vital need for professional jewelry training services throughout the country. MORE

5 Strong Reasons Your Blog's Social Media Marketing Campaign Is Failing
Business 2 Community
Practically everyone is using social media today, and for many bloggers and businesses, this medium has proven to be one of the most powerful platforms for spreading ideas, raising awareness, discovering new customers and generating sales. Social media is here to stay as it continues to seamlessly provide a doorway to great content while giving everyone a chance for their voice to be heard. MORE

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