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February 18, 2015
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Color of the Year: Marsala
Luxury Jewels 24 Magazine
Marsala, a robust and earthy wine red, is the Color of the Year for 2015, according to color authority, Pantone. In contrast to the 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, which encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala "enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. MORE

Burma Bits: Rubyland
Pala International - AGTA Member
This past November, the Gem and Mineral Council of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Council sponsored a trip to Burma, with the prize destination of the Mogok Stone Tract. The group's guide was Dr. Kyaw Thu, a geologist and proprietor of Macle Gem Labs in Yangon. MORE

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Rare Gems Come Alive for Jill Reno
Houstonia Magazine
"Do you mind if I geek out on you?" asks AGTA Member, Jill Reno, when I ask her about her favorite gemstone. The Texas Hill Country native and current Houstonian has artistry in her genes—her grandfather was renowned Western Art sculptor Jim Reno, and she was an accomplished ballerina and sculptor before launching her jewelry line over a decade ago. But when it comes to gems, her passion is both creative and intellectual. MORE

5 Favorites Pieces From Jewelry Week in Arizona
The unofficial jewelry week that takes place in Arizona in the first week of February each year inspires and delights many, including this journalist. I love seeing what's just come out of the ground and workshops of miners and designers alike! Here are five of my personal favorites spied during my week in the desert. If I could, I would buy them all! MORE

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The Rising Demand for Pink Tourmaline
Jewels Du Jour
One trend I noticed while in Miami last month was the increased interest of dealers in fine pink tourmaline gems. In one instance, a beautiful deep reddish pink hued specimen in a retro Cartier setting was valued more without the signed ring setting than set in it. A major reason, the market for pink tourmaline, like much of the jewelry industry in recent years, hinges on Chinese demand, where their growing wealth has fueled an insatiable appetite for fine jewelry and exquisite gems over the past few years. MORE

Pantone 2015 autumn jewellery trend guide
Jeweller Magazine
Pantone has released 10 autumn shades - described as being "androgynous" in nature - set to influence jewellery trends this coming season. The globally recognised colour expert, Pantone, has once again collaborated with fashion designers from New York Fashion Week to choose the colour trends of autumn 2015. MORE

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A year of record breaking jewellery auction sales at Christies and Sothebys
The Jewellery Editor
Jewellery auctions reached dizzying new heights in 2014, with both Christie's and Sotheby's smashing previous sales records.

8 Social Media Mistakes That Are Killing Your Brand
Social media has great potential for businesses looking to increase their reach, traffic and leads. But when it's not used properly, it can actually damage your brand's reputation.

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