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July 15, 2015
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AGTA Spectrum Awards - Experience The Magic
Watch past AGTA Spectrum winners relive their favorite things about Spectrum! The AGTA Spectrum Awards deadline is September 18, 2015. MORE

Celebrated Gem Photographer Tino Hammid Dies
Tino Hammid-the California photographer whose exquisitely rendered gem portraits graced catalogs for Christie's, GIA education materials, and numerous trade publications—died of cancer on July 11. He was 63.

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Platinum Spotlight: Featherstone Design
National Jeweler
There's two things in life Deidre Featherstone is not lacking: an assortment of beautiful gemstones, and a list of accolades relating to her jewelry design. Based in New York's Tribeca neighborhood, AGTA Member -Featherstone Design primarily offers one-of-a-kind and interchangeable jewelry made in platinum and 18-karat gold with gemstones of "exceptional quality." She's known for her use of rare stones, which has netted her a total of 10 American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards throughout her career.

Fine Corundum, Demantoid Garnet
GIA - AGTA Member
At the AGTA show, Dave Bindra (AGTA Member - B&B Fine Gems, Los Angeles) showed us some exceptional corundum, especially fine untreated yellow and pink sapphires. The first standout piece Bindra showed us was an 8.56 ct unheated, intense pink sapphire of extremely high clarity from Madagascar.

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Tickets Still Available for American Gem Society Circle of Distinction
AGS - AGTA Member
The American Gem Society is pleased to announce the anticipated success of their 16th annual Circle of Distinction Dinner, having only a limited amount of tickets still available, and selling quickly. There is still time to support the three remarkable honorees.

Pearl Jewelry Sheds Its Old Image
Jewelry News Network
There has been talk recently about the return of pearls as a fashionable and trendy choice for fine jewelry. My question is why now? Designers have been creating vibrant and fresh jewels with pearls for at least the past three years and little has been written about it. MORE

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How To Quickly Master Social Media Marketing For Small Business
According to a new study, one in six marriages that began in the last three years has resulted from an interaction that started online. At the same time, Nielsen also reports that four out of every five corporations in America are now leveraging social media to help expand their client base and build relationships with customers. MORE

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