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May 04, 2016
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June 17th Entry Deadline for the 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum Awards
One of AGTA's biggest contributions in the promotion of color has come from its AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and Cutting Edge Awards competitions. The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is considered the most respected and prestigious creative award for the design industry.
To enter the upcoming 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum Awards™ visit:
June 17, 2016 – Mail-In Entry Deadline
June 28, 2016 – New York Drop Off

Women at the Top
WJA Los Angeles
On Wednesday, May 4 the Women's Jewelry Association, Los Angeles Chapter is hosting the first ever "Women at the Top" career-driven, educational panel and networking event at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Panelists include Lisa Haddow, Susan Jacques and Yancy Weinrich. MORE

1st Annual Gemology Lecture at Caltech: Colored Stone Treatments and Country-of-Origin Determinations
GIA - AGTA Member
Dr. George Rossman, professor of mineralogy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) will present information on basic instrumentation and advanced application of knowledge laboratories use to detect common treatments in gemstones such as ruby, sapphire, emerald and jade. MORE

Jewelers of America Reps Head to Washington
Leadership from the Jewelers of America (JA) recently met with congressional leaders to support the jewelry industry's recommendations to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding proposed changes to the Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries. MORE

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American Gem Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Diamond Grading Standards and 20th Anniversary of AGS Laboratories
AGS - AGTA Member
In 1966, the American Gem Society (AGS) launched the AGS Diamond Grading Standards Manual to its membership.. MORE

Sell With a Story: Opal
Stuller, Inc. - AGTA Member
Quick: What's the first word you think of when you hear "opal"? The answer will vary from person to person but for me it would be "mysterious" or "wondrous." MORE

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Hamilton Jewelers Winner in 2016 American Business Awards
Hamilton Jewelers - AGTA Member
Hamilton Jewelers was named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility category in The 14th Annual American Business Awards today.

VCA Archivist added to Northwest Jewelry Conference
The fourth annual Northwest Jewelry Conference (NWJC) for period jewelry, August 12-14 in Seattle announces the addition of Cynthia Prasnal and a history of "Van Cleef and Arpels." MORE

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Wire Transfer Fraud Continues to Put Clients at Risk
Valley National Bank, Wayne, NJ
Law enforcement officials have warned of a wire transfer fraud based on the receipt of a compromised email. This fraud is a sophisticated scam targeting businesses that normally work with foreign suppliers and regularly perform wire transfers. MORE

10 Tips for Online and Content Marketing
Small Business Trends
Marketing a business online is no simple task. There's a lot that goes into it. And members of our small business community have plenty of experience dealing with online and content marketing. 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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