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December 28, 2016
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2017 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Exhibitors
It's not too late to make your plans to attend the industry's premier colored gemstone and cultured pearl trade show featuring a fantastic array of products and services from AGTA members! MORE

Renowned Industry Photographer, John Parrish, Passes
Friday afternoon (04/01/2016), John Parrish (born 11/18/1950), my dear partner for 27 years and father of our beloved daughters Karen Dove and Kaila Rose, fell to his untimely death from a cliff in Oklahoma while on a camping trip. Suddenly the world changed. MORE

AGTA & JA to Add Spinel as an Official Birthstone for August
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), the authoritative source on natural colored gemstones, and Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, have announced that spinel will join the official list of birthstones as an additional gemstone for the month of August. MORE

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Ban on Myanmar Goods Lifted by Executive Order
On October 7, 2016, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order officially lifting the ban on gemstones and Jade from Myanmar. MORE

AGTA Announces Project to Combat Rise of Silicosis
The American Gem Trade Association announced that the association has initiated a project to combat the rise of silicosis that has led to significant suffering within the colored gemstone industry. MORE

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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

AGTA Announces the 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Judges
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is pleased to announce its panel of judges for the 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum Awards™. MORE

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The Chameleon: Known for her diverse characters, Erika Christensen takes on her most colorful yet in AGTA Spectrum Awards™ jewelry.
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The first time Erika Christensen wore exquisite jewelry, "I got it," the actress says. MORE

With diversity, or the lack there of, a major theme at the 88th Academy Awards® this year those who stood out not only made important political statements, but also key style statements in breaking with #DiamondsSoWhite jewelry choices. 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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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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