May 25, 2011

AGTA to launch new products at JCK show
The American Gem Trade Association plans to introduce several new products at the upcoming JCK Las Vegas Show. AGTA will introduce the AGTA eLearning Platform, Spanish translations of point-of-sale materials, a new online community site for AGTA members, and a comprehensive retail promotional tool kit. Details on all of these products and programs can be found at the AGTA booths — L122 and AGTA122 — or online at www.agta.org.More

AGTA GemeShare trend information
The jewelry industry's premier colored gemstone trading platform, www.AGTAGemeShare.com, shared some interesting trends from the first half of 2011 based on the current gemstone inventory of the site. AGTA GemeShare is free to use for qualified wholesale buyers and only lists gemstones from AGTA Members, who are strictly bound by the AGTA Code of Ethics and full disclosure of treatments.More

Zircon's allure
Zircon, a silicate material, fared well in earlier centuries because it is found in many colors: Brown, red, blue, yellow, green, and of course colorless. Royalty adopted this transparent sparkler centuries ago for their regal adornment when diamonds were scarce. The modern man-made cubic zirconia confuses some people into suspecting that zircon is not valuable or not even natural, but it is.More

More jewels from Cannes
Jewelry Insider
Color continued to be a major player at the Cannes Film Festival, with A-listers such as Penelope Cruz sporting statement pieces. And speaking of statement pieces, Jane Fonda broke out a stunning 160-carat sapphire necklace.More

Gem hunting in Central and Southern Tanzania
Since the late 1960's, East Africa has been home to some of planet earth's greatest gem discoveries. And yet, little has been written about certain of these finds. In the autumn of 2007, Richard W. Hughes and Vincent Pardieu set out to fill in the gaps, specifically regarding Tanzania's Mahenge, Songea and Tunduru regions.More

Emerald tiara sets record at Geneva auction
The Daily Jewel
Sotheby's sold the most important emerald and diamond tiara to have appeared at auction in over 30 years for $12,736,927, the highest price ever achieved for a tiara at auction. Six bidders competed for the rare tiara, circa 1900, which was formerly in the collection of Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck. The price it fetched also represented an auction record for a piece of emerald jewelry.More

Survey: Facebook, Twitter increasingly popular among small businesses
A survey from Constant Contact found that social media marketing has surged to be a top contender in small businesses' marketing tool kit; 73 percent of small businesses report using social media to market their business and this appears to be a growing trend. Of those who are not currently using social media marketing, 62 percent expect to begin using social media marketing in the coming year. Further, 81 percent of those currently using social media marketing expect to increase their efforts this year.More

GIA to showcase 1,000 gems during symposium
Those who are planning to attend the Gemological Institute of America Symposium 2011 will have a chance to view numerous special gemstones, jewelry and sculptures at group headquarters in Carlsbad, California. The Steinmetz "Sunrise," a cushion-cut 100.67-carat fancy intense yellow diamond, will be on display at the GIA Museum along with nearly 1,000 other gems, including a 111-carat Burmese star sapphire.More

CPAA second International Pearl Design Competition coming
Cultured Pearl Association of America
Celebrating one of the world's most prized and mysterious gems, this contest invites artistic expression inclusive of all pearl varieties. Officially launching during the JCK show in Las Vegas on June 3, the contest will run through Sept. 1. Winners will be announced Nov. 1. Winning entries will be on display during the AGTA and JCK shows in 2012.More

American Gemological Laboratories to conduct on-site testing at 2011 AGTA GemFair Las Vegas
American Gemological Laboratories
American Gemological Laboratories will be performing on-site testing of colored stones for identification, enhancement and origin reports from June 2-7 at the AGTA GemFair in Las Vegas. As part of AGL's outreach program to support national and international clients, staff members will be available to provide the same reporting services that are offered at AGL's New York-based operations.More

Latest summer fashions trend toward 1970s looks, bold colors and patterns
The News-Press
It might be time to dust off your mood rings and platform shoes from the back of the closet. Fashions from 40 years past are creeping back, just in time for summer. As fashionistas decide how to dress their summertime silhouettes, they'll stick with the style of the '70s.More

Polish supermodel Anja Rubik's shoes auctioned for $200,000
Global Grind
The shoes Polish model Anja Rubik wore to amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival have sold at auction for $200,000. The five-inch satin sandals feature more than 600 stones, including pink sapphires, rubies and diamonds, totaling more than 360 carats.More