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November 04, 2015
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November’s Birthstone – Citrine
Add More Color To Your Life
Shining with a golden glow, people have long treasured citrine as a gift from the sun. Citrine, a variety of transparent quartz, is named after the French citron, or lemon. MORE

17th Annual New York Fashion Conference
Trailblazers embark on a journey to astound when it seems that nothing dramatically new is possible, leading us on a journey of which the final destination is unknowable. What we can know, however, is that their achievements expand our conception of the possible and transform our world. MORE

Photo faves: AGTA Spectrum 2016
Diamonds In The Library
Last week I had the honor of attending what immediately became one of my favorite editorial events in the jewelry world: the AGTA Spectrum Awards Media Event. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know why I loved it – table after table of exceptional gemstone jewelry in a sun-filled penthouse venue.

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Canadians shine at Spectrum Awards
Canadian Jeweller
Two Canadian jewellers and a gemstone cutter are winners at the 2016 American Gem Trade Association (AGTA).

Five finds at Spectrum
National Jeweler
Attending the editor's event that follows judging in the AGTA's Spectrum Awards is hands-down one of my favorite things to do every year. The event space and the wonderful company alone would be enough, but then there are hundreds of pieces of amazing jewelry dedicated to colored stones put in front of us. I'm in heaven. MORE

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WJA Announces Winners in 2016 GemDiva Division of the annual Diva Design Competition– a division of the AGTA Spectrum Award™
The Women's Jewelry Association is delighted to announce the winners of the first division of its prestigious DIVA Design Competition. MORE

Cabochons Heat Up (As Slices Simmer Down)
Instore Magazine
Personally, I'm a big fan of jewelry with gem slices. Nevertheless, my many market appointments this fall have shown me there's a definite focus away from those oft-off-shaped stone slivers—even by companies that, in the last two years, came out with complete collections concentrated on them. MORE

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Dream Pearls: Why Pearls Are Scarce and Precious
When Jack Lynch, owner of Sea Hunt Pearls in San Francisco, sold a strand of bead-nucleated freshwater pearls with a natural intense pinkish-purple color before June's JCK Las Vegas, the sale was bittersweet. He knew another strand would be hard to assemble, given the pearls' lack of availability. MORE

Yael Designs Pioneers Groundbreaking New Fine Jewelry Technique
PR Newswire
Award-winning fine jewelry house Yael Designs pioneers a groundbreaking technology that allows a gemstone to be set inside another gemstone. Yael Designs premiered the never before seen technique in a one-of-a-kind $119,000 "Sentience" bangle that features a 7-carat deep blue tanzanite set inside a 26-carat aquamarine. MORE

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