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Mar. 14, 2012

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. MORE

Buy Smart at the Smart Show: Visit the AGTA Colored Gemstone Pavilion
The Smart Show, at Chicago's famous Navy Pier, April 21-23, 2012, will feature an AGTA Pavilion filled with loose colored gemstones and cultured pearls. All exhibitors within the Pavilion are AGTA Members, which means that you can shop with confidence, knowing that they adhere to the strict, AGTA Code of Ethics. MORE

Jewelers Mutual Launches New Perfect Circle Jewelry Insurance for Personal Jewelry Protection
Stock Market Review
NEENAH, Wis., March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jewelry owners in the United States and Canada have a new brand of personal jewelry insurance from a familiar industry name today as Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company announces the launch of Perfect Circle™ Jewelry Insurance for personal jewelry protection. 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.

The Argyle Pink Jubilee
Roskin Gem News Report
Australia's biggest pink, a rough diamond crystal weighing 12.76 carats, has been discovered at Rio Tinto's Argyle diamond mine, located in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.
As you know, Argyle is the world's largest producing diamond mine of rare pink diamonds. And this latest find could prove to finish out a record cut weight as well.

Gemstone Mining Firm Trains Women
The Citizen
Mererani. Women entrepreneurs among the pastoralist communities living near the tanzanite mines at Mererani in Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, will be assisted to make artifacts like decorations from the rare gem.
TanzaniteOne, a giant firm mining the gemstone, said it would train the women to make the decorations from the mineral using simple technologies and in turn earn them more cash to sustain their lives.

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Retailers Reference Guide

This comprehensive reference book, produced by AGTA in conjunction with CIBJO, provides detailed information on colored gemstones, diamonds, pearls, and metals in an easy-to-use format. This is a great counter tool to have in your store when your associates need to get a quick answer for a client’s questions. Click Here to order online, call Charles Murrell at 800-972-1162 or email

PRECIOUS - Platinum Hits Parity With Gold Ahead Of Fed
LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - Platinum rose for a fifth day in a row on Tuesday, its longest stretch of gains since October, pushing the price above that of gold for the first time in six months, while gold fell below $1,700 an ounce before a U.S. rate decision. MORE

Different Types of Gemstone Rings and Gemstone Jewelry
With changing fashion trends, people are taking time to purchase different and unique jewelry. Jewelry was simple and plain in the early generations. However, to tap this increasing trend, jewelers are now creating awesome and fabulous designs to enthrall everyone. Gemstone rings or gemstone jewelry is one popular area wherein people are spending more money in recent times. MORE

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Dragons Roar at Basel
Although each year of the Chinese calendar is named for an animal, the Year of the Dragon, which began on January 23, seems to have especially caught the attention of jewelry and watch designers. MORE

Pin It to Win It: How Non-Profits Can Tell Their Story on Pinterest
Social Media Today
I am relatively new to Pinterest - but then again everyone is.
Pinterest burst onto the social media scene, and according to social media reports this week, it is already driving more direct traffic than Twitter. By now, no matter the company or organization, marketing strategies are already buzzing with how to incorporate Pinterest.

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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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