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September 14, 2016
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American Gem Trade Association Announces Board of Directors' Election Results
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced today the results of its annual AGTA Board of Directors' Election. MORE

Myanmar Sanctions to be Lifted and GSP Privileges Restored
Inle Advisory Group
While we welcome the news that the that the Obama Administration has announced the lifting of all financial and trade sanctions with respect to Burma (Myanmar) we must caution members of the United States Jewelry industry that the importation of rubies and jade from Burma is still restricted until President Obama signs the Executive Order lifting the bans. The Administration has expressed its commitment to removal of the restrictions but there are procedural steps necessary to put the order into effect. As with this announcement, we will inform the industry as soon as the Executive Order has been signed. – Douglas K. Hucker, CEO American Gem Trade Association MORE

Registration for the 2017 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson is now online!
Jump on board with the Colored Gemstone revolution at the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson, in the safe, secure comfort of the Tucson Convention Center, is the world's leading colored gemstone and cultured pearl tradeshow; truly a not to be missed event! MORE

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Jewelry Industry Summit Plans Second Gathering for 2017
Jewelry Industry Summit
The Jewelry Industry Summit, an open forum on sustainability sourcing, announced its second meeting would take place January 29-30, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona at the Tucson Convention Center. MORE

XO Group Deepens Relationship With Pre-Engaged Audience With Acquisition Of Leading Proposal Story Platform, How He Asked
XO Group
Before a couple can say, "I do," they must first say, "yes." MORE

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Tiffany & Co. Launches #KnotOnMyPlanet Campaign
Tiffany & Co - AGTA Member
Tiffany & Co. has launched the #KnotOnMyPlanet campaign to raise millions to support ending elephant poaching and stopping the global trafficking and demand for their ivory. MORE

William Travis- Designer extraordinaire: Fusing Past and Future
Southern Jewelry News
See AGTA Member, William Travis Jewelry, featured in this article. By creating a warm, friendly environment focused on his staff's needs, Travis has proved unusually successful at recruiting and maintaining top talent culled from around the country. MORE

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The Thrill of Brazil: Paraiba Tourmaline and Bahia Golden Rutilated Quartz
GIA Alumni Association - Houston Chapter
See AGTA Member, Brian Cook in this at this GIA Alumni Association event. Unusually vivid "neon" blue, green-blue, green and violet tourmalines first appeared in the jewelry trade in 1989. MORE

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