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December 03, 2014
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Zircon: One of December's Birthstones
Add More Color To Your Life
Zircon's fire, brilliance, and beauty can rival any gem. The affordability of its vibrant greens, sky blues, and pleasing earth tones contributes to its growing popularity today. MORE

"Home" for the Holidays: The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals
Pala International - AGTA Member
If you didn't have a map you'd be lost. Hidden in a stand of trees off Highway 26 West, less than a half-hour west of downtown Portland, Oregon, is a little gem: The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals. It's home-literally-to collection around which Richard and Helen Rice built their "dream house" in gentle plains of Hillsboro in 1952. MORE

Observations on Pearls Reportedly from the Pinnidae Family (Pen Pearls)
GIA - AGTA Member
Pearls of all kinds have been used for decorative purposes throughout history. The majority of these have been nacreous, yet certain non-nacreous pearls have also been sought by connoisseurs. MORE

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The Blues: 12 Jewels in December's (3!) Birthstones
Although the traditional birthstone for December is (or was originally) turquoise, we've had a few additions over the years. And if those born in the 12th month are a fan of blue, boy, are they in luck. MORE

Burmese Rubies, Colored Diamonds And Cartier Lead Sotheby's Hong Kong Sale
A ruby and diamond necklace with 50 carats of unheated "Pigeon's Blood" Mogok Burmese rubies was the top lot in Sotheby's Hong Kong Fine Jewels and Jadeite sale, fetching $805,128. MORE

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Crowning Glory: A Tiara With Pedigree
Wall Street Journal
"IT IS THE most beautiful natural pearl you can find," says Jacqueline Karachi. "It is a royal pearl." Cartier's prestige creative director sounds as much in awe of this jewel of nature as she must have been in 2012 when her design team began working toward this year's Biennale des Antiquaires’ "Royal" collection. MORE

Mila Kunis Unveils Latest Collaboration With Gemfields for 100 Good Deeds Project--Watch Now!
E! News
Mila Kunis is not only a global ambassador for AGTA Member, Gemfields, she's now teaming up with activist designer Mary Fisher on an exclusive collaboration with the eco-friendly mining company. MORE

Social Selling Is Simple....When You Follow One Golden Rule
Huffington Post
Not long ago, I received a thank you message from Twitter congratulating me on my 5-year anniversary on the site. On February 4, 2014 Mark Zuckerberg sent the world a Facebook status update marking his company's 10th anniversary. There are now more than 2 BILLION active social media users worldwide and over 75% of those are active mobile users. MORE

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