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Jan. 25, 2012

AGTA Towers Over Times Square
One component of the American Gem Trade Association's annual Spectrum Awards competition is a fashion photo shoot featuring the winning jewelry pieces. This year, AGTA was able to recruit two veteran Hollywood actresses to model the jewelry…
… the photo appeared on the Reuters boards in Times Square and Las Vegas with the caption "Southland's Regina King models AGTA Spectrum Awards jewelry."

Are You Ready for Tucson?
The 2012 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson is now less than a week away from opening on January 31st. So, you will want to make sure that you are prepared for your trip to Arizona. We have compiled some suggestions for you while visiting the show. MORE

Conservation Gemstones: Beyond Fair Trade?
National Geographic
During the course of my research on the extractive industries, I have found colored gemstone mining to be the most elusive in terms of regulation but also with great potential for development in remote areas. Two eminent field gemologists whom I have worked with over the years share some thoughts on how ecological conservation might be linked to gemstone consumption. Although their critique of "fair trade" and certification might be challenged, their case for "conservation gemstones" is definitely worth pursuing in its own right. 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.

Liz Taylor's Pearl Jam: How La Peregrina Got Its Luster Back
The Roskin Gem News Report
When Elizabeth Taylor's dog used the world's famous pearl as a chew toy, the movie star didn't want to get the playful pooch in trouble. So she called on the country's foremost pearl expert to perform a secret repair. MORE

Tangerine dreams
Chicago Tribune
Orange has come a long way from Howard Johnson roofs and A&W drive-ins of the 1970s - so far, in fact, that global color authority Pantone has anointed the reddish-orange Tangerine Tango the color of 2012.
…To temper the intensity of the color and add depth, choose clothing and accessories with texture - jewelry with faceted stones or fabrics with sheen or plushness…

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AGTA GemJammin' for Jewelers For Children

Everyone is welcome to come play, sing or listen at the jewelry and gemstone industry's annual music jam - AGTA GemJammin' - at The Hut on Thursday, February 2nd in Tucson. This fantastic event brings together an incredible amount of musical talent each year. The cover is only $10 at the door, with all proceeds going to Jewelers For Children. If you would like to join in, sign up at Sponsored by: AGTA, Stuller, Instore Magazine, and Jewelers Mutual Insurance.

American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) To Conduct On-Site Testing at the AGTA GemFair
25 January 2012: NEW YORK - American Gemological Laboratories will be performing on-site testing of colored stones for Identification, Enhancement and Origin reports from the 30th of January to the 5th of February 2012. MORE

Light Blue
Vogue Italia
The color palette is quite extravagant, and every shade of blue has been used for jewels that want to amaze at all costs. Necklaces and long earrings that bring back the chandelier look are worn together in perfect harmony. MORE

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Beny Steinmetz Group to Float Sierra Leone Diamond Mine
Jewelry News Network
The Beny Steinmetz Group, will soon issue an initial public offering for its Koidu diamond mine in Sierra Leone, according to the Financial Times and other reports.
The privately held natural resources company will issue its float on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in later half of 2012 through a spinoff company called Octea, which serves as the holding company for the mine, according to the report.

Just for Jewelers: How to Showcase Jewelry in Social Media
Mac and Cheese Marketing
Have a new jewelry item you are ready to showcase? Whether it’s a new gemstone, a beautiful new piece created by a goldsmith or jewelry designer, or even an addition of one of the lines of collectible beads, Social media offers many opportunities to showcase jewelry, spread the word, and update your customer base. 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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