August 06, 2014

Identifying Lab-Grown Diamonds
GIA - AGTA Member
The various means of distinguishing colorless and colored synthetic gem-quality diamonds from natural diamonds is well documented in research results published over the past 30 years. This distinction can sometimes be made by a gemologist, however positive identification of synthetic diamonds requires examination in a fully equipped gem-testing laboratory with experienced staff. MORE

Jewelers of America Announces New Board Directors
Jewelers of America
Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, elected two new industry leaders to its Board of Directors at its semi-annual Board meeting on July 26, in New York. The new directors are Karen Goracke, of Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts; and Mercedes Abramo, of Cartier North America. The new Directors will serve through 2017. MORE

WJA Celebrates Honorees & Announces Winners of Its 2014 Awards for Excellence
The Women's Jewelry Association bestowed Hall of Fame honors and Awards for Excellence in 10 categories at the association's 2014 Awards for Excellence gala, held on Monday, July 28, 2014, at Pier 60 on the Chelsea Piers in New York City. The annual event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the association's scholarship and grant programs. Guests were given the chance to bid on a spectacular array of donated gifts to Broadway shows, restaurants, hotels, museums, beauty salons, and spas. There were also cigar and golf packages upon which to bid, as well as jewelry, watch, gift, and clothing prizes from well-known brands. MORE

Gem-A releases the latest Journal of Gemmology
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has released the latest issue of its academic publication, The Journal of Gemmology, in collaboration with the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF and American Gemological Laboratories (AGL). The current issue (Vol. 34, No. 2, 2014), released on 4 August 2014, is packed with a wide variety of new content, covering the latest news and research from the international gemmological community. MORE

Tiffany & Co. Releases Re-Designed 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report
Tiffany & Co. - AGTA Member
Tiffany & Co. today released its annual Corporate Responsibility Report. The full report can be accessed at the Company's website (www.tiffany.com/sustainability , #tiffanycsr) and covers Tiffany's corporate sustainability initiatives and long history of environmental and social responsibility. MORE

Gem Diamonds unearths 'exceptional' diamond in Lesotho
Gem Diamonds Ltd said it has recovered a 198-carat white diamond from its flagship mine in Lesotho that should fetch "an exceptional price" when sold this year. The company's shares rose more than 7 percent to rank among the top gainers on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Gem Diamonds recovered the type IIa diamond from its Letseng mine at the end of July. The company said the diamond displays no fluorescence. MORE

Ring Cam Gives New Perspective to Marriage Proposals
ABC News
A new invention dreamed up by four college classmates promises to change the way brides-to-be remember their marriage proposals forever. Ring Cam is a jewelry box that has a tiny camera built into it, so that when the groom-to-be gets down on bended knee, his love's hopefully ecstatic response is captured on camera. "Only the person proposing actually knows it's there and so you're able to capture that genuine element of surprise," one of Ring Cam's inventors, Scott Brandonisio, told ABC News. MORE

Fine-Jewelry Shoppers Flock Online
Wall Street Journal
THOUGH IT DOESN'T offer the same nostalgic rush as an in-store visit, it's possible that a modern-day Holly Golightly might chase away her "mean reds" by visiting Tiffany & Co.'s website and purchasing an 18K gold Paloma Picasso cuff made to resemble a thicket of tiny olive leaves ($11,500) or a yellow-diamond-and-platinum key pendant ($21,900). Today's fine jewelry buyer is increasingly turning to a computer or mobile phone and clicking to buy four- and five-figure pieces with nary a worry. MORE

The 10 Biggest Social Media Time Wasters
I started some research on some of the ways people waste time on social media and came across a bunch of articles from the late 2000s discussing whether or not social was a big waste of time for businesses. It's funny to look back on that time period now; social media was still a question rather than a statement. MORE