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November 05, 2014
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American Gem Trade Association Announces Board of Directors’ Election Results
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced today, the results of it's annual AGTA Board of Directors' Election. Mr. Bruce Bridges, of Bridges Tsavorite, and Mr. Jeffrey Bilgore, of Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC, were both re-elected to the Board; and Mr. Charles Carmona, Guild Laboratories, and Mr. Robert Van Wagoner, Beija-Flor, were newly-elected. MORE

November's Birthstone: Citrine
Add More Color To Your Life
Shining with a golden glow, people have long treasured citrine as a gift from the sun. Citrine, a variety of transparent quartz, is named after the French citron , or lemon. MORE

Spectrum Award Earrings to Covet
Cheryl Kremkow
Earrings are the best category of the annual American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards. Lavishly bejeweled dangles galore! I've already shown you the best of the 2015 Spectrum Award winning jewelry. Here are ten fabulous pairs of earrings that did not win one of the top awards but deserve to be celebrated anyway. MORE

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Jen's Obsession: Gregoré Morin’s Goleta's Pride Earrings
JCK - AGTA Member
Gregoré Morin of Gregoré Joailliers in Santa Barbara, Calif., has earned kudos again for his memorable and masterful entries into the American Gem Trade Association's Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards. MORE

A Visit to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
GIA - AGTA Member
In 2014, a team from GIA visited the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) to document its gem and mineral collection. It's thought to be the second-largest such collection in the United States, behind the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. MORE

A Feast For The Eyes
Accent Magazine
Jewelry fashion this season is about fun - pieces that make you smile. "While white diamonds and neutral precious stones will forever be Hollywood favorites," says Ginnina D'Orazio, "all the colored gems being used right now in designer jewelry are making a lasting impact on the red carpet." MORE

Cindy's TrendTracker: Homage to ombre
National Jeweler
AGTA Members, Pamela Froman and Erica Courtney along with other "designers are having a blast these days working with a wide range of gemstones and playing in full color fields to mix and match tones from light to dark. They're creating beautiful ombré colorations that consumers are often quite entranced by as they learn more about gemology and what nature has to offer." MORE

'Graff Ruby' May Fetch $9.2 Million at Sotheby's
Sotheby's Geneva will be offering 16 jewels from the collection of Dimitri Mavrommatis as part of its November 12 Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale at the Beau-Rivage Hotel. The collection includes precious stones and avant-garde jewelry designs led by the 8.62-carat "Graff Ruby," which is estimated to fetch 6.9 million to nearly 9.2 million. MORE

7 Ways Social Media Can Help to Generate Leads
Business 2 Community
Social media is an important channel for engaging with your target audience and amplifying your message. It is also an important venue for gaining qualified leads. Whether your business is B2B or B2C oriented, social media can play an important role in your lead generation strategy. Yet, your mere presence on social media sites is not enough. You should know how to choose the right strategies for effective lead generation and promotion. Your choice of strategies completely depends on which social networks you want to focus on. MORE

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