March 16, 2011

Visit the AGTA Colored Gemstone Pavilion at the Smart Show
The Smart Show, at Chicago's famous Navy Pier, April 2-4, will feature an AGTA Pavilion filled with loose colored gemstones and cultured pearls. All exhibitors within the Pavilion are AGTA members, which means that you can shop with confidence, knowing they all have been vetted by the American Gem Trade Association.More

Bidding opens for mining of Kashmir sapphires
National Jeweler
Kashmir sapphires could be making a comeback in international markets, with the state government floating a global tender for extraction of the gemstones from Paddar Valley in the Kishtwar District in India. The sapphires are renowned for their clarity, transparency and unique peacock blue color, and are usually used for high-value jewelry.More

The big question
Winnipeg Free Press
For many women, it's one of the most important and significant pieces of jewelry they'll get in a lifetime — the engagement ring. Not only is it a symbol of love and promise, but it is the single piece of jewelry that is worn day in and day out. Here's a list of five trends in engagement rings.More

2011 JCK Jewelers' Choice Awards
JCK Magazine
This year, more than 16,000 votes were tallied in 44 categories. The awards began with 294 entries. The grand prize winner was the Marquesa Collection by Bellarri bracelet, a stained-glass–like creation boasting 50-plus carats of pink tourmaline, rhodolite garnet, citrine, amethyst, peridot, green tourmaline, blue topaz and diamonds.More

Flato belt necklace for sale at Basel show
National Jeweler
High-end watches won't be the only pieces to dazzle at the upcoming BaselWorld show, scheduled to take place later this month in Switzerland. Siegelson, a New York-based purveyor of high-end and rare jewelry, has announced that it will be selling an iconic piece of 20th century American jewelry at the show: a circa 1935 aquamarine and ruby belt necklace designed by the late Paul Flato, the celebrity jeweler of the 1930s and 1940s who counted Hollywood legends such as Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich and Vivien Leigh among his clientele.More

Suisse watch: Baselworld 2011 preview
JCK Magazine
Excitement is brewing for the Baselworld 2011 World Watch and Jewelry Show, held March 24–31 in Basel, Switzerland. Italian jeweler Antonini will bring selections from a new one-off colored-stone collection, Extraordinary Pieces, including emerald and pink tourmaline drop earrings for $174,240 and pink or blue sapphire and diamond rings for roughly $45,000 each.More

7 levels of social media engagement
Social Media Today
There are seven stages to social media engagement — from shallow monitoring to deep peer to peer economies. How deep is the rabbit hole of social media? Is your organization doing the minimum it can do, or is it quite advanced? This process identifies the steps from shallow engagement, such as just monitoring, to full engagement including co-creating products and services.More