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February 24, 2016
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AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Move to Summer 2016
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced that the prestigious annual design competition, the AGTA Spectrum Awards™, is moving to Summer 2016. Deadlines for entries will be June 17, 2016, with the New York drop-off taking place on June 28, 2016. MORE

AGTA Premieres Cultured Pearl Playbook
The American Gem Trade Association premiered the Cultured Pearl Playbook at the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson show this year to rave reviews. MORE

Color crazy: Why gemstone jewelry is hot
David Perry & Associates
If you weren't able to get to the recent AGTA Gemfair in Tucson, here's the next best thing: We caught up with Doug Hucker, Chief Executive Officer of the American Gem Trade Association, just as he got back from this whirlwind week of seminars and exhibits.

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March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Add More Color To Your Life
As you might expect from a gem whose name means sea water, Aquamarine captures the beauty of the sea. This member of the beryl family, which also includes emerald, is found in a range of pastel blue and greenish blue shades, from the palest hint to a deep sky blue.

AGS Members: Save on Conclave with the AGS Laboratories Giveback Rate
If you are a member of the American Gem Society, and haven't seen the promotions regarding the AGS Laboratories Early-Bird Giveback Rate for Conclave registration, there is good news: AGS Laboratories is extending the original offer with a new Giveback Rate, now through March 6! MORE

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Noor Fares's Photo Diary From the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
You'd be hard-pressed to find a girl who doesn't love browsing the jewelry cases at Dover Street Market. The sprawling concept store has been amping up its bijoux offering of late, and one of its newest featured designers is Noor Fares. MORE

AGS Announces 2016 Circle of Distinction Honorees
The American Gem Society (AGS) announced today that it will honor three esteemed leaders in the jewelry industry at its annual Circle of Distinction dinner on Tuesday, July 26th at the historic Plaza Hotel in New York City. MORE

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Instagram? Insta-Slam!
Jewelry retailers depend on beautiful images-in catalogs and direct-mail flyers, on websites and, increasingly, on social media platforms-to grow their revenue. MORE

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Step inside the Diamond Council Reading Room!

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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