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October 22, 2014
 
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GIA Field Gemologists Gain Insight into Zambian Emerald Mining
GIA - AGTA Member
In September 2014, a team of GIA (Gemological Institute of America) field researchers journeyed to Zambia to collect emerald samples for the Institute's gem identification database and to document the current state of Kagem, the world's largest emerald mine, located in the Kafubu mining area. Since Gemfields, the publicly-traded gemstone mining company, acquired the open pit mining operations six years ago, ore mining has increased from 3,000 to 8,000 tons per month and rock handling has increased from 125,000 to 750,000 tons per month. MORE

Jewelers for Children Makes Donation to Fight Ebola
Rapaport
Jewelers for Children (JFC), the industry's charity, has announced they have made a $ 100,000 donation to Save the Children's Ebola Children's Relief Fun to support efforts in fighting the deadly disease. JFC received pledges from donors including Sterling Jewelers, Pandora, JCPenney, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and Hearts On Fire to assist with this support. MORE

Jewelers of America Announces Recipient of GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement
Jewelers of America
Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced that Larry Pelzel, Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager, Precious Jewels of Neiman Marcus, will be the recipient of the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 13th annual GEM Awards on January 9, 2015, at Cipriani 42nd St in New York. MORE

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Pamela Huizenga jewelry: petrified wood is transformed into unconventionally beautiful jewels
The Jewellery Editor
AGTA Member, Pamela Huizenga's latest collection, Florestra de Pedra, is a beautifully balanced mix of unconventional organic materials, including hunks of raw diamond, ammonite and fossilized wood, with the luxury of polished gold and cut diamonds. MORE

How Jewelers Can Use Social Media Safely
National Jeweler
On Monday, Jewelers Mutual's loss prevention team hosted "Social Media: Opportunities and Perils for Jewelers," a webinar designed to teach jewelers how to use social media to their advantage without making their store a target for criminals. The company invited two leading social media experts to offer lessons in promoting jewelry businesses online--Shane O'Neill, vice president of Fruchtman Marketing, and Daniel Gordon, a fourth-generation jeweler and the social media planner for the Diamond Cellar in Ohio. MORE

Highlights of Christie's New York Important Jewels Sale October 22, 2014
Internet Stones.com
Christie's kicks off its series of autumn jewelry auctions for 2014, beginning October 22, 2014 with the New York Important Jewels Sale to be held at their Rockefeller Plaza salesroom. A total of 350 jewelry lots will be on offer at the auctions taking place in two sessions; lots 1 – 158 going under the hammer in the morning session starting at 10.00 am and lots 159 – 350 coming up in the afternoon session starting at 2.30 pm. MORE

Oscar de la Renta, legendary fashion designer, dies at 82
CNN
Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who spent half a century putting high society in haute couture, has died. He was 82. The man -- often described as the "sultan of suave" -- dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. Among those whose glamor factor his dresses jazzed up: Oprah Winfrey, Ann Hathaway and, most recently, George Clooney's bride Amal Alamuddin. MORE

12 Essential Elements of a Social Media Marketing Strategy
Business 2 Community
If you want to attract and engage social-media fans and followers - and convert them into paying customers - you need to map out a clear, goal-oriented social media plan. If you don't, it will be obvious to your fans and target market that you are disorganized. In addition to damaging your brand, you'll risk losing sales by sending your audience to your competitors. MORE

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