AGTA ePrism
May 20, 2009

AGTA Changes GemFair Day Pattern for 2010
from AGTA
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced today that it is changing its day pattern for the 2010 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson. The GemFair has traditionally started on Wednesday and closed on Monday. It will now start on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 and close on Sunday, February 7, 2010. More

AGTA GTC Laboratory Update
from AGTA
In this issue: a trip to south east Queensland, Australia, for gemological highlights and pearl culture down under; the AGTA GTC Mobile Laboratory in Las Vegas; and advanced seminars for corundum and emerald treatments. More

Opal News from Brazil and China
from Frank Farnsworth, President, Parle Jewelry Designs
In February 2009 a large parcel of Brazilian rough opal was purchased by a top Chinese cutting factory. This parcel was mined near Pedro Segundo in Northeastern Brazil. The Brazilian opal is hand mined in open pit quarries. This marks the first time in many years that a substantial amount of Brazilian rough material has entered the market. This parcel will cut several thousand carats of natural and doublet opals. More

Police Arrest Two Members of ‘Pink Panther’ Jewelry Theft Ring
from The Israeli Diamond Industry Portal
The French police have arrested Zoran Kostic, 39, and Nikola Ivanovic, 36, two men suspected of being members of the Pink Panther international jewelry gang. Representatives of the Interpol and police forces all over Europe gathered for a two-day conference in Monaco in March in order to pool information about the Pink Panther jewelry gang, with representatives from 16 countries, including the United States, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. More

The Fashion That Is Uniquely Cannes
from The New York Times
The red carpet marathon known as the Cannes Film Festival is now in full swing. More than halfway though the 12-day competition on the Côte d’Azur, style-watchers have seen screen beauties from around the world taking to the famous steps of the Palais des Festivals. The longtime mix of serious movie business and international glamor have made this much-photographed city the last bastion of creative red-carpet dressing. More

Canadian Company Caught in the Middle of Fight Over Greenland Rubies
from The Canadian Press
The rubies lie so thick on the ground that workers trample them underfoot. But as a Canadian mining company moves to develop a Greenland deposit so rich it could change the global market for the precious red gemstone, local Inuit say they are being shut out of a resource that is theirs by aboriginal right. More

Pantone: Earthy Shades for Fall
from Diamond World
Like every year, as the Pantone color experts predict the popular color tones for the season as indicated by fashioned designers, this year, they say the liking is towards earthy tones, from true red and deep orange to vibrant blue. More

Color Marketing Group: Purple, Blue Must Haves for 2009
from Scripps Howard News Service via The Chicago Sun-Times
Purple is a hot fashion color this year and has been in the limelight since last fall. Grayed-out violets are in and they work very well as an accent or as a neutral. Some redder, plummier purples are making an appearance. The CMG tells us that purple is the "must have" color in 2009. Green was the big deal in the past with all the green-living push we've had, but now it's blue. And the blues that are popular include watery blues and sky blues mostly, but just about any blue you might choose will fit into the color trend for this year and a few more years to come. More