Sept. 8, 2010

2011 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Sept. 24 deadline approaching
The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ have become the benchmark for jewelry designers striving to gain recognition for their work using colored gemstones and pearls. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the Spectrum Awards competition has launched trends, increased visibility for designer jewelry, and inspired great innovation in use of colored gemstones and other materials.More

Jet-set jewelry at the 2010 Venice Film Festival
Jewelry Insider
The 2010 Venice Film Festival kicked off Sept. 1 with a smattering of parties, premieres and pretty people. And while the well-known celebrities are always a big draw, a favorite film festival pastime is gawking at the jet-set jewelry on miscellaneous red carpet passersby. Here are some of favorites so far. But before we take that journey, pause if you will to witness Naomi Campbell's emerald engagement ring from her Russian billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, spotted at the "Miral" premiere.More

Interpol hunts bold Pink Panthers gem gang
Frustrated Interpol investigators are coming up empty in their frantic bid to shut down the "Pink Panther" gem gang, responsible for the most brazen jewel heists in history, from nervy ripoffs of super luxe Paris gem stores to cool grabs in Monte Carlo. "They are very well organized and they know exactly what they are after," one official tells the Guardian. The gang originated in the former Yugoslavia and now includes heisters from throughout the Balkans, including men once active in various strong-armed governments. Police believe the gang has some 150 members and has been operating since the 1990s. More

How to pick the right social media engagement style
What's your customer engagement style? It's a question reminiscent of those light-hearted quizzes that proliferate magazines: Are you strong or sassy? Independent or group-focused? When someone @-replies you on Twitter, do you respond immediately or wait a couple days? These questions are important to consider. Why? Because customer engagement encompasses your company's customer service, support and marketing. It also deals with your company's forums, Twitter accounts, blogs and meetups. How various companies use Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and its ilk, goes a long way to define the long-term relationship consumers have with that brand.More

Kim Kardashian's latest jewelry line
Just how many jewelry lines does one reality television star need? If you are Kim Kardashian, the magic number might be three. People magazine says that Kardashian is launching yet another jewelry line, this time with Pascal Mouawad, a man who is no stranger to partnering with celebrities. He also is behind Nicole Ritchie's House of Harlow line and Heidi Klum's line of fine jewelry in addition to creating Victoria's Secret's jewel-covered bras.More

GIA upgrades cut grade measuring systems
The Gemological Institute of America has begun to replace its current DiaMension systems with Sarin's new generation of measuring devices — the DiaMension HD — Sarin said in a news release. DiaMension HD uses a high resolution digital camera, specially designed interchangeable optical lenses and a unique lighting module for unmatched precise scanning and optimal accuracy across a wide range of stone sizes (from 3 mm to 28 mm).More

Gem Diamonds recovers 196-carat diamond from Letšeng
Gem Diamonds has recovered a 196-carat white diamond from the Letšeng mine in Lesotho. The company said it expects the diamond to produce top color and top clarity polished diamonds and should therefore achieve a substantial price per carat for the stone. "Letšeng continues to live up to its reputation as a unique producer of exceptional diamonds and the recovery of this remarkable 196-carat white diamond reinforces its position as one of the great mines in the diamond industry," said Clifford Elphick, chief executive of Gem Diamonds.More

A unique scholarship opportunity for gemology students
The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers is pleased to announce that it will award an ACE© It Appraisal Conference Scholarship to a deserving gemology student. NAJA invites GIA, FGA, FGAA, FGG, FCGmA and RGA students to apply for this scholarship for the 35th Annual ACE© It Winter Educational Conference scheduled to take place Jan. 30 to 31 in Tucson, Ariz.More