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Mar. 7, 2012

AGTA GemJammin' Raises $5000 for Jewelers For Children
March 6, 2012 - Dallas, TX: The American Gem Trade Association's annual GemJammin' event, held in Tucson on Thursday, February 2, at The Hut, raised $5000 for the Jewelers For Children charity. Over 250 people from the jewelry and gemstone industry attended the music jam, featuring players and singers from within the industry. MORE

The Gems of Tucson 2012
Roskin Gem News Report
The 2012 Tucson gems and minerals shows have come and gone for another year, and boy do we have news and views for you! MORE

Naomi Sarna Travels to Tanzania, Hand Picks Her Next Masterpiece
Tanzanite Foundation
Merelani Hills, Tanzania, March 5 2012 - AGTA Member Naomi Sarna, one of the world's finest gemstone carvers and jewelry designers, is in Tanzania selecting a piece of tanzanite rough suitable to create another one of her masterpieces. Ms. Sarna, who recently won First Place, Platinum Honors and Buyer's Choice in the 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards, intends to be inspired by her journey to tanzanite's only source, the foothills of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa. MORE

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Yael Designs is recognized by AGTA with another Spectrum Award - Honorable Mention in Bridal Wear.

Bold, yet effervescent - 'Baroness' Tanzanite and diamond earrings will make any woman feel like royalty! For more stunning designs and deep blue tanzanites, check out the award-winning Pacifica Tanzanite Collection; inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Click here to see more.

Brand News: Celebrities Sparkle in Forevermark, Le Vian, Erica Courtney Magazine Placements, MORE
The Centurion
Los Angeles, CA--Actress Maggie Grace, below, wore AGTA Member Le Vian's Blueberry sapphire earrings to the Vanity Fair and Juicy Couture "Vanities" 20th anniversary at Siren Studios in Hollywood on February 20.
… Jewelry designer and AGTA Member Erica Courtney's signature "Drop Dead Gorgeous" jewelry was featured recently in three consumer publications…

Look for 'Crazy Warren' Buffett Selling Jewelry at Borsheims
Jewelry News Network
Borsheims jewelry store is one of the most popular stops for Berkshire Hathaway investors during the company's annual weekend-long shareholders meeting. The retailer should expect to see greater crowds this year as Warren Buffet will once again be making the rounds as a jewelry salesman for the weekend. MORE

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2012 AGTA GemFair™ Seminar Program DVD-Rom
Now Available

The AGTA recorded 26 seminars in the AGTA GemFair™ Seminar Program in Tucson using technology that combines the audio recording synched with the speaker's PowerPoint presentation. The DVD-Rom makes a great reference or can be used to educate associates on current issues and trends. The Association is distributing free copies of the seminar DVD-Rom to every AGTA Member company and is making the recordings available to non-members for a nominal fee of $50. For an order form, including the list of recorded seminars, click here.

The Story Behind the Stone:Out of the Blue Zircon
Southern Jewelry News
You don't need to know the complex details of zircon, like the fact that this mineral belongs to a group called nesosilicates. You also don't have to track its rich and ancient history. But Arabic, Persian and other far eastern cultures claim their language as the root for the modern word, zircon. It’s that old.
… Blue Zircon ring by Yael Designs…

Buyer notes 'bull market' for colored gemstones
National Jeweler
Tucson--Rising prices due to consumer demand in emerging economies and the growing popularity of color-change gemstones were among the trends observed by one longtime buyer after the gem shows held here in early February. MORE

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Antique Jewelry Market: What's hot and what's coming for 2012
Antique Trader
Evidently the wealthy collect jewelry. OK, we all knew that, but maybe we didn't automatically guess it was the No. 1 collecting category - as noted in "How The Wealthy Collect". More than art, more than wine, furniture, firearms or crystal, the monied set digs diamonds. The bonus, of course, is that a wealthy collector cannot wear her Winchesters, champagnes or Chagalles to a party, but she can drench herself in gemstones if she really wants to stand out amid the 1%. MORE

Timeline for Facebook - the complete checklist for community managers
Social Media Today
Unless you spent last week in a coma, you know that Facebook Timeline for Brands is finally here. Already live on a number of leading brands (see Coca-Cola, Starbucks, RedBull, X Box, Ford, Nike, Burberry and even President Obama for examples), everyone else has until March 30 to redesign and publish content on their pages. Although you can go live today, we'd suggest you read about the impending changes before you press that publish button. 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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