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July 09, 2014

An Expert's Journey into the World of Australian Pearling
GIA - AGTA Member
Kenneth Scarratt, GIA's (Gemological Institute of America) managing director of South East Asia, will discuss the colorful history of Australian pearling on July 20, during the Malaysia International Jewellery Fair (MIJF). During the show, the Institute will also host two special seminars for alumni and will present the MIJF Jewellery Design Awards winner with a scholarship to GIA in Thailand. Representatives from GIA will be available at booth BA02, July 18-21, to answer questions about education programs and laboratory services. MORE

Q&A: The origins of the tennis bracelet
Professional Jeweller
With Andy Murray's crushing defeat at Wimbledon 2014 still hot off the presses, Professional Jeweller asks The Genuine Gemstone Company's chief executive officer Steve Bennett to unravel the history of the tennis bracelet - a style that's jumped off the court and into the realm of fashionable accessory staple. Game, set, match. MORE

Palladium at 13-year high on lingering supply concerns
Palladium rose for the 12th straight session to its highest in more than 13 years on Tuesday amid firm automotive demand and continued concerns supplies in South Africa will tighten even after the end of a months-long strike. Gold turned lower even as the dollar's recent rally faded and investors awaited clearer signs from the U.S. Federal Reserve that it is on track to raise U.S. interest rates next year. MORE


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Sotheby's Fine Jewels - London - July 16th, 2014
Jewels du Jour
After an electrifying spring auction season, Sotheby's London takes advantage of the summer lull with a Fine Jewels sale packed with beautiful jewels spanning several centuries. Jewelry, rather than rare diamonds and important stones, plays the central role in this mid-year auction scheduled for July 16th, 2014, and the wide variety of styles of the 477 lots means there’s something for every collector and connoisseur. MORE

Canada identifies top rare earth projects
Parliamentary report says half of globe's known rare earth reserves are in Canada and China's deposits could be worked out within three decades. Canadian industry want to secure 20% of global supply by 2018. At the moment China produces some 90% of the world's rare earths - used in a variety of industries including green technology, defence systems and consumer electronics - and also consumes the bulk of global production. MORE

If You're Not on Instagram, These Guys Will Convince You to Get Thee to the App Store
JCK - AGTA Member
I've developed a bit of an addiction to Instagram. I uploaded my first photo to the app in November 2012, when I was in Panama for the inaugural LUXURY Privé Panama show. And in the nearly two years since, I've posted 815 additional photos. I don't have a huge number of followers (630 as of this writing), which is fine because followers are not my primary goal. Mostly, what I like about Instagram is the way it allows me to enhance my photos and to document funny little moments that might otherwise be forgotten. MORE

100 Ways To Maximize ROI On Your Social Media Campaign
There are so many articles on using social media for your business that it's easy to go into information-overload. This post is an attempt to offer up the best of the best in terms of social media research and best practices; be sure to bookmark it for the next time you need some guidance, direction or inspiration! MORE

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