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June 10, 2015
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AGTA President, Ruben Bindra, Addresses ICA Congress in Sri Lanka
I would like to thank International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) for inviting me to speak at this Congress. It has been an honor and a great pleasure to be here. Events like this Congress are very important venues for our industry to come together and talk about the current state of our industry and discuss current issues that are vital, demand our attention, and need to be discussed in open forums.

2015 AGTA GemFair™ at the Las Vegas Show Rocks
AGTA GemFair™ at the JCK Las Vegas Show took place May 28-June 1 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. More than 200 enthusiastic exhibitors filled 33,000 square feet of exhibit space within the South Pacific & Islander Ballrooms at the AGTA GemFair™ Pavilion. MORE

Meet the Tiny Tennessee Company Supplying Pearls to Tiffany
If there were a Henry Ford of the American pearl world, it would be John Latendresse. Latendresse was a jack-of-all-pearl-trades: exporter, importer, wholesaler, retailer. He bought natural pearls from the divers who found them in the Tennessee River's fertile waters. MORE

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Cindy's TrendTracker: Totally turquoise
National Jeweler
Turquoise pops up here and there and is often a summer staple, but this year it's having a real moment in the sun. Designers have been using all shades and qualities lately in various forms, from beads to carvings to cabochons and doublets. MORE

Pearls Are Making A Comeback In A Big Way
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wears elegant pearl drop earrings; America's First Lady Michelle Obama sports a double-strand pearl necklace; and Sarah Jessica Parker regularly accessorizes her outfits with pearls.

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Gems in a Jurassic World
Jurassic World is about to roar through theaters, and that made us nostalgic for the original movie, Jurrasic Park (1993) – especially the memorable scene where scientists extracted dinosaur blood from a mosquito trapped in amber.

Highlights of Sotheby's Fine Jewels Sale in London
Jewels du Jour
Wrapping up their spring season, Sotheby's Fine Jewels sale this week in London is packed with great jewels from the 17th century to the present day. Naturally, flowers are prominent motifs throughout the sale as well as vibrantly hued stones.

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5 Questions To Ask If Social Media Marketing Isn't Working
Business 2 Community
Eight years ago I started to speak to local business owners about Social Media Marketing and how important it would be in the future. Often I was met with skepticism and even had a few business owners laugh at me, calling it ridiculous.

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