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September 17, 2014
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AGTA Confirms Spectrum Awards™ Celebrity Photo Shoot
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is excited to announce that two of the hottest actresses on ABC, Ming-Na Wen and Bellamy Young, have confirmed to participate in the annual AGTA Spectrum Awards™ photo shoot. "We are ecstatic to have both of these accomplished actresses participating in the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ photo shoot this year. They will definitely provide the perfect backdrop in showcasing the incredible beauty of colored gemstones and pearls," stated Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. MORE

Burma Bits
Pala International - AGTA Member
It's ironic that the Chinese city of Shweli, across the border from Burma's Muse, is known by the Chinese as the "jade city," according to a September 8 Myanmar Times story. After all, jade mainly comes through Muse, Shweli's mirror on the Burma side. That could change, now that plans are being made for a jade market in Muse, as part of a huge development plan. MORE

Books: Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide
GIA - AGTA Member
Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector's Guide has surpassed my grandest expectations. Richard Hughes' eloquent prose, combined with magnificent photos, is a masterful tribute to the people from faraway lands who find and fashion these gems to brighten our world. This book is an indispensable treasure trove of information that will serve as a guide to help navigate the gem underworld. It also rivals any coffee table book, featuring beautiful photos that Hughes, his wife, and their daughter captured over many journeys together. MORE


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In NY, Sotheby's to sell jewels of a Mellon
National Jeweler
Jewelry that once belonged to Rachel Lambert Mellon, a horticulturalist and art collector who died earlier this year at the age of 103, will hit the auction block at Sotheby's in November, including a fancy vivid blue diamond estimated to garner up to $15 million. MORE

Gemfields forms JV to explore gemstones in Sri Lanka
Precious stones miner Gemfields Plc has formed a joint venture to mine sapphires in Sri Lanka as part of its long-held ambition to become the De Beers of the global coloured stones market. Gemfields already mines emeralds in Zambia and rubies in Mozambique, and this venture will allow it to complete what Chief Executive Ian Harebottle calls the "traffic light of coloured stones" - emerald, rubies and sapphires: red, green and blue. MORE

3.37-Carat Pinkish Purple Diamond On View at Hong Kong Jewelry Fair
Jewelry News Network
A fancy intense pinkish purple VS2 diamond will be shown to the public for the first time during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. The 3.37-carat gem, named the "Purple Orchid," has an asking price of $4 million, or nearly $1.2 million per carat. Leibish & Co., an Israeli firm that owns the diamond, says it's a "once-in-a-lifetime" find. MORE

Jewelry for Men Is Back in Vogue
New York Times
Until two years ago, Mike Alt, a software engineer in Boulder, Colo., avoided jewelry for the same reason many men prefer to go unadorned: "Jewelry, especially on men, seemed flashy and gaudy," he said. "I never wore anything - not even my wedding ring, which cracked six months after we got married," Mr. Alt said. "That was 25 years ago." MORE

Petra Diamonds sells its 122.52 carat blue diamond for US$28 million
Mining Review
Petra Diamonds has announced that the 122.52 carat blue diamond recovered from the Cullinan mine in June has been sold for a value equivalent to US$27.6 million (to a beneficiation partnership comprising Petra (15%) and its polishing partner (85%). The polishing partner will settle its 85% of the agreed rough sales partnership value, being US$23.5 million, immediately and Petra will record this sum as revenue in its Q1 FY 2015 results. MORE

Social Media Time Management Tips
Tech Cocktail
Small business owners have a ton of responsibilities on their plates every day; unfortunately keeping up with social media isn't usually on top of their lists. Social media has become a big part of most people's lives these days, especially for business owners and entrepreneurs. It's crucial to employ time management tips to stay on top of business and online engagement. MORE

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