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Sept. 28, 2011

AGTA Spectrum Awards NYC Drop-Off October 4th
The AGTA Spectrum Awards New York City entry drop-off will take place Tuesday, October 4th.  All entry forms must be submitted to AGTA in Dallas prior to this date in order to be accepted. MORE

Someone Say Red?
Red red red. The rich royal ravishing hue has maintained most favored color status amongst gem lovers for eons. Color speaks for us, some say. And gemstone collectors say that red speaks bold and confident, but also symbolizes the heart. MORE

Smoke Treatment in Ethiopian Opal
Stone Group Labs
An older treatment has recently been applied to some of the newer Ethiopian Wollo crystal opal on the market. Resembling natural black hydrophane opal, such as that occasionally seen from Indonesia, this material is a hydrophane crystal opal that has been darkened by a smoke process. MORE


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Intricate Fantasy

Effervescent 18K gold patterns accented with diamonds and sapphires delight the eye and hypnotize the mind. Yael Designs introduces the evolution of its popular Labyrinth Collection with new designs and shapes that are certain to capture your imagination! Click here to see MORE!

Emeralds, Sapphires and… Rubies? Oh my!

During the past two years, we have seen emeralds steal the show at award presentations, worn by A-list celebrities. These include Beyonce Knowles and her emerald ring at the 2011 MTV VMAs and more recently Sofia Vergara's earrings at the  63rd Emmy Awards. MORE

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AGTA GemCards and Brochures available in Spanish

The American Gem Trade Association has translated their GemCards and "Guide to Colored Gemstones" brochure into Spanish.  Click here for pricing.

Have Gavel, Will Travel
Financial Times
To understand what makes François Curiel, Christie’s Asia president, tick, just attend one of the auctions held twice a year in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong. In a top hotel, acres of space are reserved for display cases containing emeralds, rubies and diamonds of a size not normally seen outside the Crown Jewels. MORE

The mystery of Swissair Flight 111's diamond cargo
Among the mysteries about the crash of Swissair Flight 111 off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1998 is what happened to diamonds, rubies, emeralds and other gems that were supposed to be in the cargo hold. MORE

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Pertemps chairman rethinks breaking up Wrekin Ruby
Birmingham Post
Multi-millionaire Tim Watts has opted against “putting a hammer through” the giant Wrekin Ruby after pleas from enthusiasts in the United States. MORE

Managing Information Risk and Archiving Social Media
Social media has changed the face of business. Whether in product marketing, consumer branding, customer relations, and/or human resources, the benefits of corporate social media are beyond dispute. Yet mounting evidence shows that the risks are, too. MORE

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Modern-industrial, medieval, fabulous, gorgeous, absolutely beautiful – Some words used to describe the cold-connected titanium and gold rings resulting from years of exploration and discovery. MORE
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Ralph Esmerian's collection goes up for auction
NY Times
Ralph Esmerian, the bankrupt jewelry dealer, has been selling off possessions, including gems, furniture and books. In July he was sentenced to six years in prison for financial frauds totaling more than $210 million. 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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