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March 18, 2015
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2015 AGTA Spectrum Award Winners Digital Flip Book
The American Gem Trade Association's 2015 Spectrum Awards™ winners are being honored with a digital flip book commemorating their extraordinary work submitted to the world's most prestigious natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl competition. The rigorous competition, held in autumn of 2014, was highlighted by almost 500 artful entries submitted by both seasoned artists and emerging talent.

Gems for Pantone Colors Spring/Summer 2015
GIA - AGTA Member
We looked for interesting gems that matched Pantone's Color of the Year (Marsala) and the other gemstones in the Spring/Summer family. We also went a step further and followed Pantone's lead by identifying gems that "pair well with" the primary colors of choice. MORE

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Charlotte Preston Catalysts to Close
Charlotte Preston Catalysts
Jewelers throughout the United States have experienced up to 30 years of educational opportunities created by Charlotte Preston Catalysts on behalf of client shows and events, both profit and non-profit. MORE

Design Contest Winners Announced
The Minnesota/North Dakota Jewelers Association
The Minnesota/North Dakota Jewelers Association annual jewelry design contest was held in St. Paul on February 21st, 2015. AGTA Member, Bernie Benavidez from Master Jewelers in Rochester won first place in the category. MORE

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Rubies, Blood-Red Beauty
New York Times
Alfred Jiang, a young Chinese entrepreneur, clutched a gemological report as he made the rounds of this city's convention center during the gem shows last month. MORE

Paraiba Tourmalines: an electric story that stretches all the way from Brazil to Africa
The Jewellery Editor
Locked away beneath the harsh, dry scrubland of north-eastern Brazil was a Paraiba tourmaline of such extraordinary colour that, when it made its debut at the Tucson Gem Show in 1990, the tantalising ocean-like, green-blue gem sent buyers into a frenzy - driving up the price from hundreds to thousands of dollars per carat within days.

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Black Pearl Necklace Leads Christie's Spring Sale
Christie's will hold its spring sale of magnificent jewels in New York on April 14. The sale features 300 jewels, including diamonds, rare colored gemstones and natural pearls. The sale is expected to achieve a total in excess of $40 million.

What to Consider When Trying to Market on Social Media
If the last decade has shown us anything, it's that social media is here to stay. As it continues to evolve, it can be difficult for startups and entrepreneurs to determine where to focus their marketing efforts.

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Step inside the Diamond Council Reading Room!

The Diamond Council of America invites AGTA members to visit our online Reading Room, which features a library of articles, videos and other resources to help your business thrive.

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