February 10, 2016

High Energy and Attendance at the 2016 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson
The 2016 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson was held at the Tucson Convention Center February 2 – 7, 2016. With initial attendance numbers showing a significant increase in attending companies, and the positive energy flowing through the entire show, it is safe to say that this was one of the strongest GemFairs in recent history. MORE

Funny Lady Alex Meneses Gets Serious About AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Jewelry
As Isabela Santamaria on NBC's new comedy Telenovela, Alex Meneses plays an over-the-top Spanish-language soap opera diva, whose bitterness over being booted into the mother role of a younger leading lady is unleashed on her castmates. MORE

#idazzletravels: AGTA GemFair Wrap Up of Gemstone Trends
It is a good thing it's sunny in Seattle today (yes, that actually happens about 12 days a year), or my post-Tucson funk would be so much worse. After five days of non-stop gem overload in the sunny Sagauro-land of Tucson, it's hard enough to adjust my eyes to the regular world. As my jewelry designer friend Alexis Kletjian said "the Tucson withdrawal is real." MORE

Red and Purple Rocks Moving at AGTA GemFair Tucson 2016
"I've never seen more people show up on first day of the show," remarked Doug Hucker, president, AGTA, to JCK on Feb. 2, opening day of the five-day AGTA GemFair Tucson show. "It was like Disneyland with ropes to manage crowds—2,000 showed up at once." MORE

Selling Color? Harness the Power of Primal Emotions
Instore Magazine
If selling color presents a challenge to you and your staff, consider approaching it from a primal level. Color, says Douglas Hucker, CEO of the American Gem Trade Association, naturally stirs emotion. MORE

Top 5 Takeaways From the 2016 Tucson Gem Shows
It wouldn't be February without a trip to Arizona for the Tucson gem shows. And this year, with the debut of a new designer-focused JCK Tucson, the city felt buzzier than ever. Here's what struck me as I walked the shows. MORE

Ruth Batson, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories, to Retire in June, 2017
The American Gem Society (AGS) and AGS Laboratories announced today that Ruth Batson, CEO of both organizations, will retire. The retirement is slated for the summer of 2017. MORE

33 Free Social Media Marketing Tools for Small Businesses
Huffington Post
Small business owners may find it challenging navigating through the fast-paced world of social media. Their resources are valuable and they don't want to waste any of it. Here's a list of free social media tools that will save them both time and money. MORE