Nov. 16, 2011

AGTA Spectrum Award™-Winning Palladium Jewelry Shines on the Red Carpet
Palladium Alliance International
Palladium Alliance International provided an opportunity for designers' work, including AGTA Spectrum Award™ winners and entrants, to be featured at the Hollywood Style Awards. Hosted by style expert George Kotsiopoulos who wore palladium ruby and diamond cuff links, which he raved were the perfect accent to his vintage velvet suit, the 2011 Hollywood Style Awards celebrated this year's trendsetters in fashion, honoring celebrities, influencers and the style elite who have led the way in the world of fashion. MORE

Encore Set for GemJammin' Tucson 2012
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is pleased to announce the return of GemJammin' in conjunction with the 2012 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson. Back by popular demand, this open-to-all trade professionals music jam, is a benefit for Jewelers For Children. The event will be held at The Hut on February 2, 2012, from 8PM to the last lingering note fades in the early morning hours. Participation and attendance is open to all members of the gem, mineral and jewelry industries. MORE

Faith: In Search of the Lost Andesine Mines
The mining of natural red andesine in Tibet has been a subject of controversy. While it is generally acknowledged that large quantities of diffusion-treated andesines entered the world markets starting about 2002, the idea that there might be a source of natural red andesine in Tibet has polarized the gemological community. This article describes the latest developments, including RWH's second visit to the Tibetan deposit. MORE

110-Carat Yellow Diamond Sells for a Record $12.3 Million
The Sun-Drop Diamond, considered the largest known pear-shaped fancy vivid yellow diamond in the world, sold for $12.3 million Tuesday at Sotheby's Sale of Magnificent Jewels in Geneva. The auction house said the price paid for the 110.03-carat gem set a world auction record for yellow diamonds. MORE

AGTA Spectrum Awards Press:
Tacoma jeweler wins national award

The News Tribune
A pendant created by Tacoma's LeRoy Jewelers has won a national recognition from the American Gem Trade Association. The Spectrum Award from the AGTA is what LeRoy Jewelers owner Steph Farber calls the "Academy Award of the jewelry world." LeRoy's pendant, created from tourmalinated quartz, rainbow moonstone and platinum, won the award in the Classic Platinum Design - Innovation category. The award will be presented at the AGTA Gem Show in Tucson in February. MORE

Saratoga Springs jeweler's works earn first-place honors
The Saratogian
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Local jewelry designer Dennis deJonghe has been cutting and crafting his way into the international jewelry design scene.
Last month, deJonghe, who owns deJonghe Original Jewelry at 470 Broadway, racked up two first-place awards at the 28th annual 2012 American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards in New York City.
"The American Gem Trade Association has been building this show to promote color gemstones and create awareness, and it’s become a huge media event for fashion magazines," deJonghe said. MORE

Tiffany & Co. Launches Website Dedicated To Corporate Sustainability Initiatives
CSR Wire
NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /CSRwire/ - AGTA Member Tiffany & Co. today launched its first annual web-based Corporate Responsibility Report. The website (www.tiffany.com/sustainability, #tiffanycsr) details the Company's long history of environmental and social responsibility and Fiscal Year 2010 sustainability performance. MORE

Social Media Marketing Grows Among Small Businesses
Small businesses are becoming more comfortable with social media marketing and are using it more when engaging with customers, according to survey data from marketing specialist Constant Contact. The Fall 2011 Attitudes and Outlook Survey also reports that small businesses still rely heavily on in-person interactions and events in addition to email marketing and Website marketing to reach their customers, while mobile adoption remains slow. MORE