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Feb. 1, 2012

AGTA GemFair Tucson Opens to Good Crowds
February 1, 2012 - Tucson, AZ: The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) reported strong attendance and brisk business from the show floor of its annual GemFair in Tucson, AZ. The show remains open through Sunday, February 5th. MORE

AGTA launching new pricing program at GemFair
National Jeweler
Tucson--The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) will introduce its new Member Preferred Pricing Program at this year's Tucson GemFair, which began Tuesday and runs through Feb. 5.
The program gives AGTA members 5 percent off purchases made with participating exhibitors at the show. Terms are net 30 and only purchases made at the show are eligible for the program.

SAG Awards Red Carpet Jewelry Roundup
Devorah Isenberg
Someone must have sent a memo throughout Hollywood before the SAG Awards last night. "Leave all those heavy statement necklaces at home," this super-secret memo must have read. "Take all the bracelets you own and wear them. All at once."
… Colored gemstones, like sapphires, rubies, emeralds, onyx, citrine, and more, have been extremely popular for earrings and cocktail rings recently…

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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.

Joining the AGTA
Many Faceted
I feel funny having a "Joining the…" post two posts after a "Joining the…" post, but it’s my own fault for not getting the rest of my GIA museum photos processed and uploaded. (By the way, I should tell you all about my GIA visit and labs, before I go there again, a month from today. Eheh.) ANNNYYYWAYYY….
So I’m going to Tucson in February, after my lab. Yes, TUCSON!!! (Just for the weekend.)

Award-winning Design
DALLAS -- Now in its 28th year, the American Gem Trade Association's Spectrum Awards celebrate excellence in the design of colored gemstone jewelry. For the 2012 awards, AGTA selected actress Regina King, known currently for her role as Detective Lydia Adams on TV's Southland, to model the award-winning designs. MORE

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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.

Glamorous Garnets
OMI Gems
Garnet, the birthstone for January, has been held in high esteem for over 5000 years and can actually be found in every color except blue. This hue diversity is due to combinations of trace amounts of unique elements within each particular gem, such as iron, chromium, manganese, etc. creating 9 types of stones in the "garnet group". MORE

AGL conducting on-site testing in Tucson
National Jeweler
Tucson--American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) will be performing on-site testing of colored stones for identification, enhancement and origin at the upcoming AGTA GemFair. MORE

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Seminar 'Portable Gem Testing' at Tucson the 2 February 2012
Gem testing at the Tucson gem fairs is of importance. Throughout this session we will explore how to use various instruments effectively when ‘on the go', starting with good observation, then using other tools such as spectroscopes, polariscopes and colour filters. MORE

Pinterest II: Optimizing Content For Pinterest
Social Media Today
At its core, Pinterest is a visual social bookmarking service. Its masonry style layout presents material in a pleasing way. Pinterest relies on user-created, high quality visual imagery from the web along with an addictive UX. The competitive social aspect of the service help keep the taste level of the participants elevated. But without strong content from the web, the service would not exist. 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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