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August 26, 2015
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What's Your Color Story? Spectrum Edition
Get your designs and gemstones noticed by entering the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards™. Here is the 2015 Best of Show winner, Leon Mege, sharing a story about his award-winning piece! Entry deadline is September 18th. For more information please visit MORE

Emeralds: Colombia's Buried Treasure
GIA - AGTA Member
No one can be more familiar with or cherish the magnificent emerald more than the miner himself. At the end of a long day of labor, the miner illuminates and holds firmly the prize of the day.

Sapphire - September's Birthstone
Add More Color To Your Life
Sapphire comes from the Greek word for blue, sappheiros, and this gem provides the most beautiful blues of the gem kingdom. The ancient Persians believed the earth rests on a giant sapphire. Its reflection, they said, made the sky blue.

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The latest trends in the world of high jewellery 2015
The Jewellery Editor
The end of the summer is the perfect time to cast your mind back over the gem landscape and attempt to pick out the leading jewellery trends for the year. For 2015, the two words that best sum up the mood are individuality and quality.

Pantone Fall 2015
GIA 4Cs Blog
With the changing colors of fall, we move from a spring color palette of lively tropical colors to rich earthy tones that speak of shorter days and favorite sweaters. For those who love the changing of the season, we've created an infographic pairing the Pantone colors of fall 2015 with some of our favorite gemstones. MORE

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Mining Hazards
Pala Gems - AGTA Member
London's Telegraph (and other sources) reported two months ago on a multi-million pound tourmaline mining operation in Paraíba, Brazil's São José da Batalha. Problem is, the mining was conducted illegally, with operators being arrested after a six-year investigation. MORE

Oscar Heyman's Glam Instagram Celebrates the Firm's Iconic Past
One of the oldest names in American jewelry is one of the industry's smartest social media marketers. AGTA Member, Oscar Heyman, the iconic fine jewelry firm founded in New York City by Ukrainian-born artisans Oscar and Nathan Heyman in 1912, leverages its legendary past to tell thoroughly modern stories on its Instagram feed—which at press time boasted 2,563 followers. MORE

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From Mine to Mounting: An Arkansas Diamond Matures in North
American Gem Society
From mine to mounting, the unique 8.52 carat "Esperanza" diamond, one of the most significant finds ever in the history of the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park, will be cut, graded, designed into a piece of fine jewelry, and appraised, all in North America, all by American Gem Society (AGS) members. MORE

5 Essential Rules of Social Media Engagement
Business 2 Community
So, you spend hours on social media to reach out, but don't know whether is that successful or not? How many times you tried measuring success of your campaign and failed to measure properly? If that is your case, don't worry as you are not alone. MORE

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