June. 8, 2011

GemFair sees solid traffic at JCK Las Vegas
The American GemTrade Association GemFair at the JCK Las Vegas Show reported positive results in its first year at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The event was held on the Beach Level of the convention center from June 2-7. "We had great traffic on our first day with plenty of active buying taking place," stated AGTA CEO Douglas K. Hucker. "We had solid traffic throughout the rest of the show with most exhibitors saying that their expectations had been surpassed."More

AGTA publishes materials in Spanish
National Jeweler
The American Gem Trade Association is now offering its GemCards and Guide to Colored Gemstones brochure in Spanish. "We've had many requests for Spanish materials from retailers, especially in stores in the southern states and Mexico," CEO Douglas Hucker said. GemCards include images of specific gemstones on the front with several paragraphs of information on the back. The content is written with the consumer in mind, and discusses the key quality factors of each gemstone, along with history, lore and advice on proper care.More

JCK Las Vegas: Trendspotting
While many jewels on the show floor at JCK Las Vegas feature familiar materials and styles — diamond slices, oxidized silver with karat-gold accents, and charms — there were a few new (and newly revisited) ideas in the booths at Mandalay Bay.More

Gemfields expands into rubies with Mozambique acquisition
Proactive Investors
Gemfields has conditionally agreed to acquire a 75 percent stake in a Mozambique ruby deposit for $2.5 million. Mining has taken place only on a relatively small area of the site, and the current owner, Mwiriti Limitada, wants to scale up the operation. Gemfields CEO Ian Harebottle said, "We are particularly pleased to announce this first and consequential step in our diversification into other premium colored gemstones. This is arguably the most important ruby deposit in Mozambique today and its production to date has been likened in quality to both that produced in Burma and also at Winza in Tanzania."More

TanzaniteOne may buy Australian sapphire project
Mining Weekly
Gem-miner TanzaniteOne has secured an option to buy a sapphire project in Australia as it moves to advance its diversification strategy for premium colored gemstones. CEO Bernard Olivier said that securing an option over the project, located in the Sapphire field, fit into the company's diversification strategy by expanding into a new colored gemstone through a project where it could rapidly implement advanced mining and recovery techniques.More

ICA tackles tough issues
The colored gemstone industry is taking lessons from the diamond trade on protecting the integrity of its mining practices and the sourcing of its jewels to enhance their appeal to consumers. How the global colored gemstone industry can promote fair trade practices and assure the legitimacy and responsibility of its products through the supply chain was the focus of discussions at the International Colored Gemstone Association's 14th Biennial Congress.More

Paula Crevoshay brings one-of-a-kind items to Couture
National Jeweler
Paula Crevoshay, a designer who has had her pieces on display in the Carnegie Museum, came to Couture with one-of-a-kind pieces that incorporate moonstones, sapphires, amethyst and tsavorite, among other precious gems.More

How QR codes can grow your business
Social Media Examiner
Quick Response codes (QR codes) and other two-dimensional codes are expected to achieve widespread use this year — and for good reason. Consumers want immediate access to what's relevant and QR codes are being used to make that possible.More