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Oct. 25, 2012

Winners Announced for AGTA's 2013 Spectrum Awards™ Competition
Dallas, TX - October 22, 2012: Winners have been named in the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition hosted by the American Gem Trade Association.  This year marks the 29th anniversary of the competition.
The competition was judged October 20-21 in New York, NY. Judges for the 2013 competition were Candace Edelman of Alex Sepkus, Jennifer Heebner of JCK Magazine, fine jewelry buyer Abby Huhtanen of Bergdorf Goodman, lapidarist Kiwon Jang, and designer Kimberly McDonald.

Exclusive Video Interviews: Michael O'Connor and Doug Hucker on Spectrum Trends
To watch an exclusive video interview about the competition with AGTA CEO Doug Hucker, click here or on his image below.
To watch an exclusive video interview of renowned style expert Michael O'Connor discussing the important trends coming out of the competition, click here or on his image below.

AGTA "Platinum Honors" winning Platinum Earrings with two perfectly matched Zultanite Briolettes (Total CTW: 25.15 carats).  These Eye Clean (Flawless) Zultanite Briolettes were cut by award winning cutters Ralph and Rudi Wobito from Ontario, Canada. The earrings retail for $19,875. Wonder what they wholesale for? Send us an email:

Platinum and palladium pieces triumph at AGTA awards 24th October 2012
Platinum Today
The winners of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum & Cutting Edge Awards were announced on Monday (October 22nd), with platinum, palladium and rhodium pieces triumphing in a number of categories.
Noteworthy winners included Deirdre Featherstone of Featherstone Design who came out top in the Best Use of Platinum and Colour with a pair of platinum Shangri-La earrings, incorporating opals, tanzanite cabochon drops, purple and blue sapphires, tourmalines, tsavourite garnets, diamonds and turquoise briolettes.

Behind the Scenes: My Experience Judging the 2013 AGTA Spectrum & Cutting Edge Awards
JCK Magazine- AGTA Member
After many years of merely viewing the American Gem Trade Association Spectrum & Cutting Edge Award winners, I finally experienced what it was like to be on the panel that selected the winning pieces. And after witnessing years of sometimes questionable selections--2008's carved green turquoise horsehead pin as Best of Show?--I was anxious to experience the process and understand how choices were made. MORE

Great selection of Aquamarines, fine single stones in a large range of blues, and an unusually large selection of matched pairs in different shapes and sizes.
For over 27 years, Gem 2000 has been importing fine gems from all world sources in a large range of materials, offering exceptional service and expertise to our customers.


We, the Jury, Find Them . . . DIVAS!
Instore Magazine - AGTA Member
On Sunday, I had the privilege of being a juror for the annual Gem DIVA Awards. After several hours of careful consideration of many entries, I and my fellow jurors, Lita Asscher and Phyllis and Ira Bergman, chose four winners: Pamela Froman's cuff for "Bridal Wear," Caroline Chartouni's earrings for "Business/Day Wear," Annie Fensterstock's cuff for "Evening Wear," and Dallas Prince's earrings for "Classical." MORE

A Caribbean lagoon mystery, seen in tanzanite
Gemewizard - AGTA Member
In the Gem Color Report of February 2012, we analyzed the color of an unusual green-violet tanzanite, and ever since then these remarkable rare colors have been on display at trade shows around the world. It warmed our heart then, and now again, when we realized that it was a kick-off for other rare tanzanite colors entering the market, and aiming to be a next hot trend. MORE

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Your Clients Love The Classics!

Sparkles and Colors / Lakhi Gems Group offers a complete selection of beautiful emeralds, Madagascar rubies and Burmese sapphires.  Our AGTA Spectrum Award-winning gemstones are cut to precise standards to maximize their beauty and excite your customers.


Lithographie's Amethyst, Uncommon Vintage
Pala International, Inc. - AGTA Member
No. 16 in Lithographie's monograph series is so visually luscious one's mouth actually begins to water as page after page of exquisite purple-hued imagery greets the eye. This long anticipated volume brings together a diverse group of authors and photographers whose passion for this most highly-prized variety of quartz is self-evident in each of their contributions. MORE

It's True: Diamonds Are Losing Market Share
JCK Magazine - AGTA Member
At the World Diamond Congress currently taking place in Mumbai, International Diamond Manufacturers Association president Moti Ganz said the following:
"During the past three years, other gemstone categories have taken away yet another half percent from [the diamond industry's] market share.… So if this keeps going at the same pace, we'll lose, within the next two decades, more than 20 percent of our market share among consumers."

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AGTA eLearning Platform - Affordable Web-based Training
The Holiday season is right around the corner and what better way to prepare than by increasing the knowledge base of the front-line sales associate.  With knowledge comes confidence, and with confidence comes sales.  Access to the platform is FREE to AGTA members for up to five associates, then only $25 per person. Click here for more details or non-member pricing.

50-Carat Flawless Diamond Sells for $9.5 Million
Jewelry News Network
Big diamonds sparkled during Christie's sale of Magnificent Jewels in New York on Tuesday. Leading the way was a pear-shaped D color flawless diamond of 50.52 cts., which sold for $9.5 million, or $188,000 per carat, to a private collector. The stone is mounted in platinum and may be worn suspended from a necklace with a 2.28 carat, circular-cut D-color diamond surmount. MORE

Victoria's Secret makes £2m gemstone jewellery bra
Professional Jeweller
The Floral Fantasy bra was created in collaboration with New York jeweller London Jewelers and has been decorated with amethysts, sapphires, tsavorite and rubies, plus white, pink and yellow diamonds. MORE

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