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October 08, 2014
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Sri Lanka: From Mine to Market, Part 1
GIA - AGTA Member
To visit Sri Lanka is to experience one of the great gem sources and trading centers in the world. This country has a rich, almost unparalleled tradition and remains vitally important to the modern gemstone market. Sri Lanka has a true mine-to-market industry, both domestically and for export. Its evolution over the last two decades blends the best of traditional practices with modern technologies and business models. MORE

True Green
"Tsavorite is the purest and truest green of all the colored gemstones," says Bruce Bridges, president of Bridges Tsavorite, AGTA Member, in Tucson, Arizona. Unfortunately, it also has a bloody recent history. A relatively new addition to the market, vivid green gemstone tsavorite was discovered in Kenya in 1967 by Scottish geologist and prospector Campbell R. Bridges, Bruce's father. After decades of mining the stone in East Africa, Bridges was ambushed and murdered by claim jumpers on August 11, 2009. MORE

Gold Goes Negative For The Year On Better-Than-Expected Jobs Report
Good news for the economy is bad news for safe-haven trades, and none more so than gold: The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a stronger-than-expected jobs report Friday morning, revealing that U.S. non-farm payrolls added 248,000 jobs last month and sending the unemployment rate below 6% for the first time since 2008. And while the equity markets cheered the news, gold futures and spot-gold prices have gone negative for the year and tumbled below $1,200 an ounce. MORE

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Buying Fine Jewelry Online: The Best American Jewelry E-tailers In a Booming Marketplace
The Jewellery Editor
Online jewelry sales are growing across the globe and nowhere more so than in the US. As jewelry lovers have become more confident in making online purchases, a new generation of specialized e-tailers has joined established stores to offer some of the world's most covetable gems and access to the hippest designers. Buyers are fortunate to be able to browse a wide range of online jewelry stores, whether you seek the time-tested expertise and confidence of a long-established store or the fashion-savvy buzz of a new generation of fine jewelry e-tailers. MORE

2015 Jewelers of America GEM Awards Nominees
Jewelers of America
GEM Awards honors the achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility of fine jewelry and watches. A panel of industry judges will determine the winner from each category listed below. The winners will be announced live at the GEM Awards ceremony on January 9, 2015, in New York City. MORE

Surely, You've Seen Tribal Coming for Spring...
Instore - AGTA Member
Since last year when Deco very much dominated both jewelry and fashion, I've been waiting (sort of patiently) for the next aesthetic to arrive. And so it has: "Sophisticated Tribal." On Wednesday night, as Paris Fashion Week's final curtain descended, I realized we'd be seeing a great deal of modern primitive this spring. And, as it turns out, it's a direction I've been spotting in jewelry previews at least since early summer. MORE

This 'Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond' Just Sold For A Record $17 Million
Business Insider
A flawless fancy vivid pink diamond sold for a record US$17.7 million in Hong Kong late Tuesday, Sotheby's said. The auction house said the internally flawless 8.41-carat stone had been expected to go under the hammer for up to US$15.5 million. Quek Chin Yeow, deputy chairman of Sotheby's Asia, said the pear-shaped stone had "attracted keen competition before fetching a wonderful price of HK$137.88 million (US$17.77 million) and setting a world auction record for a fancy vivid pink diamond". MORE

'Variations on a Theme' moves to Kent State University
American Jewelry Design Council
After a successful six-month-long exhibition at the prestigious Forbes Galleries in New York City, The American Jewelry Design Council has announced that their exhibition, "Variations on a Theme," will travel to the Kent State University Museum. MORE

The Four Ms of Social Media That All Marketers Should Master
Social-media marketing used to be a two-step process: write and post. But today it has evolved into something that sometimes looks more like a NASA mission-control center operation. Dozens of software systems and screens monitoring, measuring and optimizing each campaign. MORE

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