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September 24, 2014
AGTA ePrism
The American Gem Trade Association Approves New Bylaws
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced today that the Association has approved a new set of Bylaws for the 33 year-old trade association. The Bylaws were voted on by AGTA Firm and Charter Members, and were overwhelmingly approved. MORE

AGTA Collection Hits The Big Apple at JIC!
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) showcased a colorful array of jewelry for the annual Jewelry Information Center (JIC) Fine Jewelry Preview, held in New York City last week. The event attracted top editors, stylists and bloggers to view new jewelry designs. This year's attendance list was impressive and included Lucky, Marie Claire, Vogue, Women's Wear Daily and W Magazine, just to name a few! The AGTA Collection showcased colored gemstone and cultured pearl pieces from seven AGTA Member designers. MORE

October's Birthstone: Opal
Add More Color To Your Life
A beautiful opal is one of a kind: a natural artwork with a unique pattern of rainbow flashes of color unlike any other. It's as individual as your personality. You may prefer an opal that serenely glows with pinpoint flashes of the blues and greens of the sea and sky. Or you may fall in love with a gem that flashes broad patterns of red and yellow, with all the bright festivity of carnival in Rio. And with its rainbow appeal, opal complements everything in your wardrobe. MORE

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Jewelry's Largest Recruiting Event Draws Distinguished Industry Veterans to Southern California
GIA - AGTA Member
On Oct. 10, some of the biggest names in the gem and jewelry industry will gather at GIA's (Gemological Institute of America) Carlsbad, Calif. headquarters for its annual Jewelry Career Fair & Open House. The day's events, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., include recruiting opportunities with globally recognized gem and jewelry companies, three not-to-miss panel presentations, one-on-one career coaching with industry experts, education demonstrations and much more. The free event marks the only time each year that the coastal 30-acre Carlsbad campus is open to the public without appointment. MORE

Bonhams Jewelry Sale Achieves Strong Prices for Pearls
Bonhams fine jewelry sale in London achieved $6.7 million (GBP 4.2 million) with natural pearls experiencing impressive prices. Seventy-five pearls, fastened with a diamond clasp, was the most valuable lot of the sale at $319,000 (GBP 194,500) and a single-row pearl necklace of 70 pearls achieved $181,000 (GBP 110,500) against a high presale estimate of only $14,700. A three-row necklace of natural saltwater pearls sold for quadruple the presale estimate at $151,500 (GBP 92,500). MORE

The Ancient Art of Gemstone Carving Makes a Comeback in India
The Jewellery Editor
Every gem cutter wishes to add more lustre and sparkle to the gems he cuts. And one great way to achieve this is to carve the gemstone with an inscription, pattern or motif. The ancient art of carving gemstones and setting them in jewellery is making a big comeback in the India. In Jaipur, the coloured gemstone hub of India, where craftspeople have been cutting and polishing gemstones for centuries, local artisans have perfected the art of carving gemstones, making them even more desirable. Gemstones like emeralds, rubies, sapphires, tourmalines, amethysts and onyx have been decorated with floral motifs taking inspiration from various Mughal monuments. MORE

#RocksMyWorld: 20 Years of Show-Stopping Red-Carpet Jewels
In this weekly feature, InStyle's jewelry and watch editor Marion Fasel shares the inside scoop on the treasures that are on her radar. Look for it every Thursday on What's Right Now, and follow Fasel on Instagram (@marionfasel) to see more gems that rock her world. Countless carats of diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires have sparkled on the red carpet since InStyle's first issue 20 years ago. From the beginning we have reviewed it all with the stylists, stars, and jewelry designers. MORE

Industrial Marketers: Stop Ignoring Social Media and Get Ahead of Your Competitors
Advertising Age
Social media marketing often appears irrelevant to companies in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. While the value of this channel is well-established in b-to-b verticals such as SaaS (software as a service) and business services, industrial marketers who want to move their organizations forward in this space can encounter significant internal objection. One of the most common arguments: "Our audience isn't on social media, so why should we be?" MORE

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