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December 23, 2015
AGTA ePrism

A Toast To AGTA GemFair™ Tucson
See fellow buyers talk about why the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson stands out beyond any other show! AGTA GemFair™ Tucson will be at the Tucson Convention Center from February 2 – 7th. MORE

January's Birthstone: Garnet
Add More Color To Your Life
Break open a pomegranate: see the tiny glossy red seeds? Now you can see why garnet comes from the Latin name of pomegranate, granatum . To the ancient world, garnet was a tiny glossy red gem, bursting with fire and brilliance.

The Stories Behind the Biggest Jewelry Sales of 2015
Bloomberg Business
Now is the time to own (and sell) colored gemstones. Blue sapphires, striking red rubies, and pink diamonds made up 9 of the top 10 jewels sold at auction in 2015. Pink diamonds, in fact, accounted for a solid half of those sales. MORE

Rio Grande Among the "Best Places to Work" in New Mexico
Rio Grande - AGTA Member
Rio Grande—and its 400 associates—got top marks when Albuquerque Business First announced the newspaper's 10th annual "Best Places to Work" survey results. Rio Grande was one of five businesses recognized in the Very Large Companies (over 250 employees) division for 2015.

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Carlsbad Institute Donates Hundreds of Toys, Clothing, Cosmetics and More to Two San Diego Charities
GIA - AGTA Member
GIA (Gemological Institute of America) staff and students in Carlsbad are helping brighten the holiday season for San Diegans in need, donating hundreds of toys, clothing, cosmetics and nearly $1,000 to two local charities as part of its annual Holiday Gift Drive. MORE

When "Lariat" Means Earrings, What's that Mean?
Instore Magazine
While inspiration for lariat earrings came from lariat necklaces-their lengthiness, flexibility, and gems or tassels often dotting each loose end-that's kind of where their similarity stops. MORE

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JA Sees Major Victory With Passage of Tax Extenders Package
Jewelers of America
Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, welcomes the permanent extension of the 15-year depreciation on store improvements, which was passed by Congress today and is expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama before the Christmas holiday. MORE

Atascadero jeweler wins 2nd place at trade show
Atascaderon News
Lindsay Jane Briggs, of K-Jon's Fine Jewelers in Atascadero, was awarded 2nd Place in the Classical division of the American Gem Trade Association's Spectrum Awards. MORE

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Spot the difference: mismatched earrings
The Jewellery Editor
In symmetry lies beauty, or so we're told, but when it comes to the trend for mismatched earrings, we have to disagree. MORE

5 Things You Should Be Doing In Social Media Marketing In 2016
Earlier this week we covered the ineffective, outdated social media tactics that should no longer be used in 2016. But what about the new tactics brands should be leveraging? 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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