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March 11, 2015
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Bellamy Young Is Scandal-ously Sparkling In A Gem Of A Role!
Yahoo! News
Yahoo! News
As primetime TV's reigning First Lady, actress Bellamy Young dazzles viewing audiences each week. Her compelling role as Mellie Grant, wife of a U.S. president on ABC's hit drama, Scandal, earned her the Critics Choice Award last year.

Rocks On: Moonstone's rising star
National Jeweler
There's just something about the shine and play of colors in a moonstone that makes it a perfect fit for fine jewelry, and now that the stone is getting hot, it looks like it will finally have its day in the limelight. MORE

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Omi Prive Awarded Grand Prize of 2015 JCK Jewelers' Choice Awards
Omi Prive - AGTA Member
Fine gemstone jewelry designer, Omi Privé, is awarded the Grand Prize in the eighth annual JCK Jewelers' Choice Awards. Retail jewelers from around the world voted the 4.33 carat Lightning Ridge black opal ring by Omi Privé as the "Best Ring Design over $10,000," and the Grand Prize winner. MORE

7 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Rubies
If you were paying attention at last month's Tucson gem shows, you probably noticed rubies from Myanmar—which I'll call Burma for the purposes of this post because that's how the trade still refers to it—are next to impossible to find. MORE

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Top 10 Rarest Gems Found on Earth
Mining Global
For one reason or another, whether it's jewelry, cars, art or sports memorabilia, people are attracted to the finer things in life. The rarer an item is, the more exclusivity it holds. MORE

Our Favorite Pictures of Jewels, From Hope Diamond to Fakes
National Geographic
Here are some of our favorite photos of jewels from National Geographic's archives. Some of the jewels are still rough stones, barely out of the ground; others have been passed from hand to hand for decades.

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Beauty Bijoux: The Story Behind the Face Jewelry at Givenchy
"Chola Victorian" was the unusual combination of words Pat McGrath used to describe the incredibly ornate look at Givenchy complete with piercings and face bijoux.

3 Trends in Social Media Marketing That Small Business Should Use in 2015
Social News Daily
It wasn't too long ago that businesses caught on to social media marketing, exhausting and exploiting the communication tool until it reached a plateau.

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