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October 26, 2016
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AGTA GemFair™ Tucson: A Class of Its Own
If you are currently enjoying success with colored gemstones and cultured pearls in your business, you know how important it is to join us in Tucson for GemFair! There is NO better opportunity to see the finest loose colored gemstones and cultured pearls, as well as a stunning selection of designer and manufactured jewelry. Click Here to register for AGTA GemFair™ Tucson and for more information. MORE

Ban on Burmese Gemstones Lifted, Task Force Visits Myanmar
Responding to the concerns of its members regarding U.S. sanctions and perceptions of the Myanmar Gem and Jade sectors, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) developed a coalition of the U.S. Jewelry Industry to make a scoping mission to Myanmar. MORE

One of November's Birthstones: Topaz
Add More Color To Your Life
The golden glow of late afternoon, the reddish orange of sunset and the pink of dawn's first light, these are the colors of Topaz, a gem with the warm tones of the sun. MORE

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American Gem Trade Association 2016 Summer Spectrum Awards
Cognac's Corner
I was invited to cover this colored gemstone award event in NYC on July 25, 2016 and it was all about the gift of color meaning the use of it in precious stone jewelry. Douglas K. Hucker, the Chief Executive Officer of AGTA sat down with me for an interview on the association. MORE

This Is What People Are Looking For In Engagement Rings In 2016
Rephinery 29
Despite what romantic comedies have been telling us for years, a blue box is not essential to a picture-perfect proposal. In reality, soon-to-be brides have been rewriting the script, opting for less traditional engagement rings. MORE

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Jewelry at the Museum I and II
Southern Jewelry News
See AGTA Member Brenda Smith Jewelry featured in this article! In most people's lives, they only have a single opportunity to visit the Smithsonian Museum. MORE

Pearl Oysters
Pala International - AGTA Member
At the end of the day, pearls are stone. These two look the part more than most in my collection of samples: a British oyster turned particularly heavy with mineral overgrowth including two pearls—a classically one-sided blister raised up like a finger next to the muscle scar, and a round one encased under translucent layers of calcite. MORE

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Rare 10-Carat Burmese Pigeon's Blood Ruby Could Fetch $12.5 Million
A rare 10.05-carat ruby ring will be the lead item at Christie's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale on November 29. Known as the "Ratnaraj" (""King of Precious Stones" in Sanskrit), the auction house says it boasts "significant size, illuminating redness and flawless crystal structure." MORE

How to Tackle a Constantly Evolving Social Media Landscape
Social Times
It was approximately one decade ago when Facebook started its meteoric rise and phased MySpace out of the national convention. 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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