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Feb. 9, 2012

Bindra New President of the American Gem Trade Association
Tucson, AZ - February 8, 2012: The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced the new officers of the AGTA Board of Directors. The Board selected four directors to fill open officer positions for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. MORE

All About Pearls - Vogue Daily
Given the influx of strapless dresses we've seen coming down the red carpet this awards season, it's surprising that there's one obvious jewelry option that A-listers seem to have overlooked: the power of pearls. This article features two pieces from the 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Collection by Baggins Inc. and Alexander's Jewelers. MORE

New Finds From AGTA
There's a reason AGTA badges are respected even at competing Tucson shows—this classic at the Tucson Convention Center routinely draws extremely high-quality vendors, stones, and finished jewelry. After roaming the show floor and the Spectrum Design Pavilion, we discovered a few new finds and trends… 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.

Tucson Gem Shows See Buoyant Sales
Doug Hucker, CEO of the American Gem Trade Association, the organizer of the main GemFair (which concluded Feb. 5), said that preliminary statistics show that attendance was "even or slightly up" from last year. "We have done a lot better job at getting better buyers here," he said. "There is a general feeling that things have turned around. You are seeing a lot of the better jewelers here ready to get back in the colored store business." MORE

The Roskin Gem News Report: Live From Tucson
The Roskin Gem News Report
Greetings from Tucson and the greatest gathering of gems and minerals shows in the world!
Tucson Day One
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AGTA eLearning Product Showcase Listing

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The American Gem Trade Association has developed an online eLearning Platform with the sole purpose of 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.

Video: Lead Glass-Filled Rubies
Lead glass-filled rubies represent material that is heavily treated to improve transparency. The treatment is highly unstable, resulting in stones that can be easily damaged beyond repair. MORE

California Designer Alishan To Be Featured in KY Museum Exhibit
Irvine, CA—Works from AGTA Member designer Alishan Halebian are being featured in the Headley-Whitney Museum's exhibition "The Cutting Edge II: A Gem and Jewelry Invitational," showcasing the work of 23 contemporary jewelers and gem carvers from the United States and Canada. MORE

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Keep Your Audience on Its Tweet: 4 Keys to Building a Strong Social Following
Social Media Today
If the presidential election—coming to a polling place near you in November—is the nation's foremost popularity contest (more than 65 million Americans voted for President Barack Obama in 2008) the ongoing battle for followers on Twitter, from a purely competitive standpoint, isn’t far behind. MORE

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