This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Click here to advertise in ePrism.

Mobile version Subscribe  
July 23, 2014
Peridot: August's Birthstone
Add More Color To Your Life
The fresh lime green of peridot is its distinctive signature. The color of most gems is caused by traces of other elements but the color of peridot is an integral part of its structure. If you love citrus tones or earth tones, you'll find that peridot is an integral part of your jewelry wardrobe. Its spring green color also is ideal with sky blue. MORE

At the Spring Auctions: A Spending Spree for the Ultra-Wealthy
GIA - AGTA Member
The world's ultra-wealthy open their wallets even wider for the rare and fine in the first half of 2014. A Modigliani portrait sold for a record $18.4 million at Sotheby's Paris auction in June, and a collection of wines went for $13 million at a Sotheby's Hong Kong auction in April. It's no surprise that unheard-of auction records for diamonds and colored gems followed suit. Indeed, it's fitting that the spring 2014 season also broke the record for a jewelry auction's shortest stay at the top: less than 24 hours. MORE

Kara Ross On Her New Collection And Her Vision For The Kara Ross Brand
AGTA Member, Kara Ross's latest collection of bold, strong pieces continues to differentiate itself from other high-end jewelers through its clean and colorful lines and its wearable art look. "My newest collection is made up of four groups that each represents a specific inspiration: the Pangea group was named for a ring designed to evoke the super continent that formed 300 million years ago. The continental drift transformed the one enormous landmass into the seven continents that exist today," says Ross. MORE


agta eprism
GEM 2000, Importers of Fine Gems

Offering exceptional service and expertise
Competitive pricing, and great values
Vibrant and lively range of desirable shades of green
Super well cut and clean, many great singles & matched pairs to choose from

Tiffany & Co. CEO Michael Kowalski to Retire; Frederic Cumenal Named as Successor
Jewelry News Network
Tiffany & Co. (AGTA Member) CEO, Michael J. Kowalski, will retire effective March 31, 2015, the luxury jewelry retailer announced Monday.Frederic Cumenal, Tiffany president, has been tapped to succeed him. MORE

MAD Man: John Hatleberg at NYC Biennial
Pala International - AGTA Member
This past January we looked at the work of John Hatleberg who, in addition to creating original works of art, has made exact replicas of the world's most famous diamonds. We pointed to a Public Radio International profile of Hatleberg that was accompanied by a series of photographs, one of which is of his workstation. This is not your ordinary jeweler's bench. It's a work of art in its own right: a baldachin, or canopy that tops an altar, throne or doorway. The word comes from Baghdad, source of the brocade that originally would have been used. Bernini's famous Baldacchino in Rome's St. Peter's retains the look of rich fabric. MORE

Hello, Ruby Bridal?
Young brides-to-be are, more and more, considering ruby for their engagement and wedding rings, perhaps because they've been given "permission" by some high-profile people? Last month, when singer Ashlee Simpson got engaged, her vintage inspired Neil Lane platinum design featured rubies and diamonds. The ring caused nearly as much buzz as the ruby and diamond design that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, gave to Priscilla Chan, when popping the question. MORE

Platinum Guild International: Platinum Jewelry Sales On The Rise
Market Watch
Whether seen "walking" down the aisle or the runway, the latest jewelry trends can't be missed- and platinum jewelry is currently turning heads. A recent survey of 2013 platinum jewelry sales* revealed an 11% growth in the category, a greater increase than fine jewelry sales as a whole. Why is platinum ahead of the curve? Renowned for its unique qualities and rarity, platinum is seen as different amongst millennials**, a savvy demographic who desire choices that speak to their own sense of style. As much fashionable as timeless, there's a piece of platinum jewelry to suit every taste and most budgets. MORE

5 Keys to a Successful Social Media Strategy
Business News Daily
With smaller budgets and fewer employees, small businesses must have a strategy in place in order to be effective at social media marketing. Jeremy Juhasz, a social media strategist at EMSI Public Relations, said despite the challenges they face, small businesses can find just as much success in social media marketing as large corporations do. But, in order to do so, they have to have a plan in place and stick to it. MORE

agta eprism
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.

IGI, the Standard
of Excellence
in Gemology
since 1975

IGI, a worldwide gemological laboratory, providing objective and accurate grading, identification and appraisal reports for gemstones and fine jewelry along with laser inscription and educational courses

Call for ePRISM Content
ePRISM is always looking for interesting content.  If you have stories related to colored gemstones or pearls to share with our readers please email them to for consideration.  Send web links or separate files.

The articles and website links appearing in ePrism, and not written by the American Gem Trade Association, are included in the e-publication as general information from -- and for -- the Trade, but do not necessarily reflect the opinion or endorsement of the American Gem Trade Association and its members.

Marketing Manager, 800-972-1162, 214-742-4367

Click here for the AGTA ePRISM Media Kit

Recent issues