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October 01, 2014
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AGTA Spectrum Awards NYC Drop-off Deadline is October 7th!
The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ celebrate what happens when we combine the unimaginable power of nature with the unlimited reach of the imagination. A perfect pairing of gemstones and settings is not an everyday occurrence. In fact, it may happen once in a life time! Deadline for New York Drop-off is October 7th. Click here to access more information and an entry form. MORE

October's Birthstone: Tourmaline
Add More Color To Your Life
Tourmaline's name comes from the Sinhalese tura mali , which means "mixed stone." Available in a rainbow of colors and color combinations, tourmaline lives up to its name. Legend says tourmaline inspires artistic expression and enhances your intuition. Certainly this gem's varied palette inspires designers to create jewelry to suit every mood. MORE

Field Researchers Witness Evolution of Major Ruby Deposit in Mozambique
GIA - AGTA Member
In early Sept. 2014, a team of GIA (Gemological Institute of America) field researchers journeyed to the Montepuez mining area of Mozambique to collect ruby samples for the Institute's gem identification database and to document the current state of the deposit. The Montepuez Ruby Mining Company (MRM) has rapidly expanded since the operation reached the production stage in 2012, handling 1.6 million tons of rock and recovering eight million carats of ruby and corundum to date. The GIA team, consisting of Field Gemologists Andrew Lucas and Vincent Pardieu, Gems & Gemology (G&G) Technical Editor Tao Hsu, videographer Didier Gruel and expedition guest Stanislas Detroyat, discovered an ample variety of ruby specimens ranging in size, color and iron content. MORE

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US Gold-Jewelry Purchases Rise As Some Consumers Seek Luxury
If gold-jewelry sales are any indication, U.S. consumers are opening their wallets again. For the first half of 2014, U.S. gold-jewelry sales rose, and this trend is expected to continue as some consumers seek out small luxury items. MORE

Colombia Emerald Boss Seeks More Investment to End Slump
Bloomberg Business Week
Colombia needs more foreign investors such as Gemfields Plc (GEM) as well as exploration outside traditional areas to halt a decline in emerald production, said Oscar Baquero, who heads the country's federation, Fedesmeraldas. Formerly the world's top producer of the green gemstones, Colombia has slipped behind Zambia and Brazil in recent years as its aging mines lack investment in new machinery, Baquero says. Annual output slumped to 2.6 million carats last year, down 71 percent from decade earlier. MORE

PGI, Garcia again pair up for platinum picks
National Jeweler
The Platinum Guild International has again tapped Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia to curate a selection of platinum jewelry that will be featured on The Knot. Garcia also will share the latest trends in platinum jewelry and fashion design via social media and press opportunities, in addition to her curated platinum picks on The Knot’s bridal and wedding day jewelry pages. MORE

Color Report 1 of 10: 5 Jewels to Color-Block With Pantone's Aquamarine
JCK - AGTA Member
The Pantone Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report serves as an overview of designers' color choices in new clothing collections. The colors are important for jewelers to know so they can help customers successfully color-block accessories. Here are five ways to color-block with Pantone’s Aquamarine. MORE

Rare jewel-encrusted 'tutti-frutti' Cartier brooch bought at flea market for just £38 sells at auction for £10,800
Daily Mail UK
The gold brooch, which is covered in emeralds, sapphires and diamonds and a ruby, was discovered by an anonymous shopper at a table-top sale in Staffordshire in August. It went under the hammer on Friday, selling for more than double its guide price of £5,000 after interest from around the world. MORE

25 Ways to Grow Your Social Media Presence
When it comes to social media, everyone wants in on the action. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google Plus are all highly active social media networks. Not to mention the countless other little sites on the web today. Everyone wants to gain social media recognition for their business. MORE

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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.




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