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December 02, 2015
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AGTA GemFair Tucson – It's A Matter of Trust
AGTA GemFair Tucson dates are February 2 – 7, 2016 at the Tucson Convention Center. MORE

One of December's Birthstones: Turquoise
Add More Color To Your Life
Turquoise, with its distinctive robin's egg blue, is among the oldest known gemstones. It graced the necks of Egyptian Pharaohs and adorned the ceremonial dress of early Native Americans. MORE

Fall 2015 Gems & Gemology: Colombia's One-of-a-Kind Trapiche Emeralds
GIA - AGTA Member
The Fall 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology (G&G), GIA's quarterly professional journal, offers a comprehensive look at a stone that intrigues many gemologists – Colombia's one-of-a-kind trapiche emerald.

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Christie's Hong Kong: 'Crimson Flame' Ruby Sells for $18.3 Million Sets Record Price Per Carat for Ruby Sold at Auction
Luxury Jewels 24 Magazine
The most important "pigeon's blood red" ruby ever to be offered at auction in Asia sold for $18,382,385 at Christie's Hong Kong sale of Magnificent Jewels on Dec. 1, shattering its pre-auction high estimate of $15.6 million and capturing the world auction record price per carat for a ruby sold at auction (approximately $1.2 million per carat).

The Thread to Follow Next Year? Fringe!
Instore Magazine
Despite all the tassel jewelry in 2015, style in Twenty-Sixteen will be much about tassels, too. Truthfully, trends typically don't have a two-to-three year life span—but this is one that will. MORE

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Brilliant Idea: An Instagram-Based Holiday Gift Guide
With more designers opening up about frustrating consignment-only sale agreements from stores coupled with increases in jewelry-only store closures, it's clear that shifts are occurring at the wholesale level. MORE

December Birthstone Baubles
National Jeweler
December is a great month for anyone who is fond of a nice blue gemstone. The birthstones are turquoise, tanzanite and, according to a few jewelry trade organizations, zircon, which comes in a number of different colors including a stunning blue. MORE

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Jewelry and Gem Photography Tips Using a Cell Phone or Tablet
GIA 4C's Blog
Whether you're an amateur photographer or a pro, the same photography tip applies: the best camera you can have is the one that's with you. No camera, no picture! MORE

11 Timeless Pieces Of Social Media Marketing Advice In 2015
Business 2 Community
It's very nearly the end of 2015 and we are all starting to look back at our marketing efforts and everything social media. It will soon be time to look forward to 2016. MORE

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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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