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Apr. 18, 2012

David Cameron, British Prime Minister, Calls For Suspending Myanmar Sanctions
Huffington Post
YANGON, Myanmar -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that he would support suspending the European Union's economic sanctions on Myanmar, which are to be reviewed by the end of the month. MORE

The Clark Pink Diamond Sells for Record $15.7 Million
Jewelry News Network
NEW YORK -- A 9-carat pink diamond from the estate of Huguette M. Clark sold for more than $15.7 million, after intense, competitive bidding that led to an eruption of applause on the crowded auction floor at Christie's Tuesday. It is the most valuable pink diamond ever sold in the United States at auction, according to the auction house. MORE

From Monarchs To The King Of Rock And Roll, Platinum Jewelry Finds Favor
New York-(Kitco News) -Platinum jewelry is reputed to have first appeared in Europe about 1780 in the court of Louis XVI of France, impressing the monarch so much that he proclaimed the white metal the only one fit for royalty.
Platinum remains in demand for modern men who want to buy jewelry from a "pure, rare and eternal" metal to make the women of their lives feel like queens, according to Richard Wubnig, jewelry sales manager at Michael C. Fina, AGTA Member, on Fifth Avenue in New York, perhaps the country's leading purveyor of platinum jewelry.

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Yael Designs wins 2012 JCK Jewelers Choice Award!

Imaginative and whimsical - 'Lava' Fire Opal diamond ring is certain to draw an endless stream of compliments. For more blooming with color fine jewelry, check out the cosmic beauty inspired Lyra Collection.

Jewelers Mutual aims to raise profile with consumer insurance line
Post Crescent
Selling a service or product direct to consumers isn't a new business strategy, but it is unexplored turf for AGTA Member Jewelers Mutual.
Since the Neenah-based provider of insurance services to jewelry businesses and individuals launched Perfect Circle, its new personal insurance line, last month, company executives say response has been better than expected.

Hamilton Jewelers Celebrates Centennial in 2012
PR Web
The story began 100 years ago. Founded in Trenton, New Jersey, AGTA member Hamilton Jewelers was established in 1912, and a legacy of tradition and service began. Irving Siegel, a former errand boy for a similar store, purchased the firm on September 11, 1927 for $15,750 in notes payable to the former owners. 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.

Green Jade Drop Earrings In Full Bloom This Spring
Mason Kay - AGTA Member
Just as the beauty of spring is emerging with all its glorious greens and pastels, so have the gorgeous colors of jade bloomed. Harper's Bazaar has even coined a new phrase for these delicious colors – 'Saturated Sorbet's'. MORE

Pala's Bill Larson witnesses history in the making
Pala Gems - AGTA Member
Pala International's Bill Larson was lucky on his last trip into Asia (perhaps his 150th!) to be able to witness Aung San Suu Kyi win the election in Burma first hand. What follows is his account of the trip. MORE

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12 Jewelry Design Highlights From the Baselworld Fair
What was hot in jewelry at Baselworld 2012? Here are 12 notable styles, materials, and trends that I saw during the annual fair. You may recognize some from my "12 Jewelry Trends for 2012," which is a good sign that we're all on the right track for sales this year! MORE

5 Ways Businesses Are Using Facebook Timelines
SocialMedia Examiner
Are you wondering how businesses are creatively using Facebook's Timeline features? Business timelines are blooming all over Facebook. You may have read our recent post about all of the changes. Take a look at these examples of how businesses are creatively using Timeline. 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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