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September 10, 2014
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AGTA Announces the 2015 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Judges
September 10, 2014 (Updated) - The American Gem Trade Association is excited to announce its panel of judges for the 2015 AGTA Spectrum Awards™. The expert panel of judges all hail from different facets of the jewelry industry, and will meet in October to judge the world-renown colored gemstone and cultured pearl jewelry competition, along with the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards™, which features loose colored gemstones. This year's judges are... MORE

Brenda Smith: Discovering the Gem Inside Herself
Career 2.0
If you were watching the Emmy Awards recently, you may have caught the sparkle dangling from House of Lies' Bridgid Coulter's ears as she sauntered down the red carpet or posed for pics with her costar Don Cheadle. Those weren't just any earrings. Those were AGTA Member, Brenda Smith's design and you better believe she was as excited as you might imagine. And she should be. She's worked hard to see this day arrive. MORE

Fabulous for Fall
Rapaport Magazine
Anything goes is the mantra for the fall/winter 2014/2015 season, which promises to be an eclectic one for fashion. Texture is top of the trend list with knits, tweeds, embroidery, fringe, feathers and jewels decorating fabrics. There's a big dose of inspiration from the 1970s with intarsia, longer lengths, ethnic influences and large patterns taking center stage. On the flip side, there is a pared-down minimalist sensibility that favors monochromatic black or white. Gray in all its glorious hues takes on new importance, while those who choose color can go with earthy tones or acid neons and electric brights borrowed from the 1960s. MORE


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Ancient Roman Woman's Jewelry Found Under Department Store
NBC News
Imagine the angst that a rich Roman woman must have felt in the year 61 when she had to abandon her gold and silver jewelry, buried beneath the floor of a house in the British town of Colchester. Almost two millennia later, those treasures have been unearthed at last - thanks to a dig at a department store that sells the 21st-century equivalents. MORE

GIA Appoints Katherine Palmer Andrews as Vice President of Global Compliance and Ethics
GIA - AGTA Member
GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has appointed Katherine Palmer Andrews to the newly-created position of vice president of Ethics and Compliance. Andrews has extensive experience developing enterprise compliance programs and leading global teams, including six years in chief compliance officer roles at General Electric Co. She will work with senior management to ensure the integrity of the Institute's compliance and ethics programs. MORE

Antique Jewelry Regains Its Sparkle
Wall Street Journal
YEARS AGO, while visiting the Channel Islands to value a client's jewels for auction, I found a very stylish platinum ring set with a square blue stone, about the size of my thumbnail, in among the family's many gold trinkets. It was filthy, but I had a feeling it could be something special. MORE

Famous Blue Moon Diamond to Go on Display in LA
NBC Los Angeles
While dinosaurs can often attract the lion's share, or, er, dinosaur's share of attention for the Natural History Museum -- including the baby T. Rex who recently took the day off from the popular stage show "Walking with Dinosaurs" to visit the Exposition Park institution -- other things inhabit those hallowed halls which also have a few years on them. MORE

Why Social Media Marketing Represents the New Face of PR
Business 2 Community
Google's approach towards updating its algorithms has become increasingly aggressive in recent times, as the brand have introduced a higher volume of radical changes that target spam-laden websites and farmed content. This has hit webmasters hard, while it has also courted controversy thanks to its stringent and unflinching nature. There is method behind such madness, however, as Google remain committed to improving the online experience and driving higher levels of customer engagement. As a result of this, content marketing has now emerged as the single most effective method for promoting products, sharing information and driving brand recognition. MORE

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