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February 03, 2016
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An Extraordinary Opening Day for AGTA GemFair™ Tucson
The 34th annual AGTA GemFair™ Tucson opened yesterday with an air of excitement buzzing through the Tucson Convention Center. With record pre-registration numbers for the AGTA's flagship tradeshow, the first day of the show brought a packed house to the 300+ exhibitors eagerly awaiting the buyers' arrival. MORE

Live From AGTA Tucson 2016: 3 New Rare Bead Strands From Robert Bentley
The tremendous logjam of AGTA Tucson GemFair (Feb. 2–7) shoppers queueing up this morning for entry is understandable once you arrive at the booth of bead maestro Robert Bentley. MORE

February Birthstone: Where Does Amethyst Come From?
GIA 4C's Blog
If you were born in February, your birthstone is amethyst – a purple gemstone that has starring roles in the jewelry and regalia of kings and queens. This gemstone is found in the personal collections of Great Britain's and Russia's royal families.

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Memories of Cindy Edelstein, My Friend and Contemporary Jewelry’s Champion
Instore Magazine
Two years ago, after the death of a mutual friend, Cindy Edelstein and I made a pact: whichever of us passed away first, the other would write their jewelry industry remembrance. I realize that may sound a bit strange, but Cindy and I had been friends and in the jewelry business together for 25 years.

Dance party required: fringe jewelry
The Jewellery Editor
Fine jewelry gets fancy and fun with fringing that is made for moving. MORE

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Pearls and Color Make a Happy Couple
For those who think they're too prim for present day, there’s an easy way to wear pearls without looking like a lady who lunches. Paired with color—whether in gemstones or metal finishes like enamel—pearls look modern and cool. MORE

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7 Tips for a Social Media Marketing Strategy
Business 2 Community
With 2016 under way, one thing is clear: social media is now a vital marketing channel for businesses of all sizes. The common question a few years ago, "why should our business use social media?", is now being replaced with, "how can our business grow with social media marketing?". MORE

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