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October 15, 2014
AGTA ePrism
G E M - I N T E L
Stonegroup Labs - AGTA Member
On occasion, gemologists may be tempted to identify a material by sight alone, especially when the identity appears obvious and the cut appears native. Recently presented to Stone Group Laboratories were two pale green stones, one 8.18 carats., measuring 16.9 x 9.2 x 6.7 millimeters, and the other 6.39 carats, measuring 16.2 x 7.8 x 6.0 millimeters, and both were presented as tourmaline. They gave a convincing appearance of tourmaline and were the characteristic, elongated shape commonly seen in green tourmalines. Surprisingly, they were singly refractive, and the single RI reading of 1.530 eliminated any possibility of their being tourmaline. The GemmoRaman-SG readily confirmed them to be glass. MORE

GIA's Jewelry Career Fair Draws 600 Job Seekers to Carlsbad
GIA - AGTA Member
More than 600 motivated aspiring professionals connected with 26 companies at GIA's (Gemological Institute of America) annual Jewelry Career Fair & Open House on Friday, Oct. 10. Recruiters and hiring managers from globally recognized gem and jewelry companies including Ben Bridge, Helzberg Diamonds, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, Tiffany & Co. and Zale Corporation sought talent to fill hundreds of open positions ranging from retail sales and marketing to jewelry design and manufacturing. MORE

Sapphire, The Royal Gem
Pala International - AGTA Member
Ninety years ago, The New Mine Sapphire Syndicate of London published a pamphlet-length overview of "the most valuable deposit of precious stones existing in the United States of America"-the firm's sapphire-bearing claims of Judith Basin County, Montana. The claims actually started out as gold mining claims; unfortunately, that production couldn't even pay for the water brought in for washing gravels. But, as noted in a sentence from the pamphlet that tests 21st-century attention spans. MORE

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Honey, I'm Watching You
Instore Magazine
As it happens, clothes with those same juicy honey tones burst onto the Paris ready-to-wear runways earlier this month. From Emanuel Ungaro to Elie Saab and Chloe, many big-name houses seemed pretty excited about the whole upbeat palette of yellows for spring 2015. And, obviously, wherever fashion's color palette travels, it's a path the jewelry industry surely needs to note. MORE

Pink Diamond Sets Auction Record, Natural Pearls Remain in Demand
Jewelry News Network
At Bonhams New York Fine Jewelry auction held October 8, a triple stand natural pearl, gem and diamond necklace (pictured above) fetched $185,000, over three times its high estimate. The piece is completed by a triple pavé diamond flowerhead clasp, enhanced by rubies, emeralds, and sapphires; centered by old European-cut diamonds and a fancy-cut emerald. MORE

Asian buyers want more than just diamonds
Dubbed the "World's most sought after" emerald jewelry, the "Grand Esmeralda Suite" - a 30-carat necklace and earrings set featuring 7 unoiled deep green gems - is making its first Asia appearance at a jewelry show in Singapore. MORE

4 Engagement Rings That Will Stand Out in a Pack of Diamond Solitaires
There's nothing wrong with a diamond solitaire, of course- it's classic, defined. But if you want an engagement ring that stands out from the masses, check out these four super-unique rings- all from Ritaini's new Designer Collection, a new collaboration with other jewelers. MORE

Five Important Digital Marketing Elements To Consider
For a business to succeed in today's world, it is important to have a strong digital footprint within the internet. Therefore, when a business is defining its marketing plan, it must incorporate a solid digital strategy. Without a digital marketing strategy in place, new client acquisitions, brand visibility, and impactful revenue generating opportunities will likely be damaged. MORE

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