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Sep. 27, 2017
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AGTA Makes Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Donation
Douglas K. Hucker, CEO of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), met with the Chief Philanthropy Office of The Dallas Foundation, Helen Holman, and proudly presented a check for over $11,000 in support of The Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund. MORE

Join JA & AGTA CEO, Douglas Hucker for the Update on Colored Gemstone Treatments & Disclosure Webinar
Jewelers of America
Understanding and properly disclosing colored gemstone treatments is critical to consumer confidence – in your business and in the jewelry industry. MORE

Color & More at the 2017 AGTA Spectrum Awards™
The American Gem Trade Association has announced the winners of the 2017 AGTA Spectrum Awards including the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards, considered to be the world's preeminent colored gemstone and cultured pearl design competition. MORE

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Psychology, history and the market: Why we value gemstones
Humankind's fascination with precious stones long predates the establishment of gemology. The Romans believed that diamonds were splinters of falling stars, while the ancient Greeks considered them to be the tears of the gods. MORE

GIA's Annual Jewelry Career Fair and Open House is Oct. 13 in Carlsbad
GIA - AGTA Member
GIA's (Gemological Institute of America) annual Jewelry Career Fair and Open House will take place Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Institute's world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. This free event connects aspiring gem and jewelry professionals with nearly 40 recruiters, ranging from global brands to local companies – including Tiffany & Co., Stuller, JTV, Leo Hamel and GIA - looking to hire for a variety of positions. MORE

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One of October's Birthstones: Opal
Add More Color To Your Life
A beautiful opal is one of a kind: a natural artwork with a unique pattern of rainbow flashes of color unlike any other. It's as individual as your personality. MORE

John Mays Jewelers
Couture Musings
John III, John IV, Kevin, and Kathryn are the core four you need to know! John Mays III entered the industry in 1969 and opened his store in September of 1999. MORE

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Can You Tell Which Sapphire Is More $$$$$?
When Walter McTeigue, co-owner of the Berkshires and NYC-based luxury jewelry atelier McTeigue & McClelland shopped the AGTA Pavilion at this year's JCK Las Vegas, he posed a question to his Instagram followers, accompanied by the image shown above: Can you tell which #sapphire is from #Madagascar and which from #kashmir – at FOUR TIMES THE PRICE...? MORE

5 Places to Use Storytelling in Your Marketing to Drive Sales
Most people absolutely hate selling, and for good reason. The entire idea of bothering someone, trying to talk them into buying something they're probably not interested in learning about in the first place, completely repulses most people. 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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