Sept. 14, 2011

Hollywood actresses to model AGTA Spectrum Awards winners
The American Gem Trade Association has announced that its annual AGTA Spectrum Awards™ fashion shoot will include Hollywood celebrities. Actresses Julie Benz, best known for her roles on Showtime's "Dexter" and ABC's "Desperate Housewives," and Regina King, currently starring on TNT's police drama "Southland," will model a selection of winning pieces from this year's Spectrum Awards competition.More

Election results for 2012 AGTA board of directors
The American Gem Trade Association has announced the results of the 2012 AGTA board of directors elections. The winners were all elected to three-year terms as directors. These terms will take effect at the 2012 AGTA board of directors meeting at AGTA GemFair™ Tucson.More

Rubies in the sky with diamonds
The Economist
That nervy investors pile into gold is well known; the price of the yellow metal breached $1,900 recently. But growing numbers are also venturing farther afield, into gemstones such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Although colored stones are a hodge-podge of an asset class, anecdotal evidence points to surging values.More

Stars glitter in color at the Creative Arts Emmys
The Daily Jewel
The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, traditionally held the weekend before the live primetime Emmys telecast, are largely dedicated to key technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production. Nonetheless, stars were decked out in some of the finest jewels the industry could offer! From presenters to actors and actresses that were present to support the people who actively support them on a day-to-day basis, color was order of the day.More

More details of Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry auction revealed
People Magazine
On Dec. 13 and 14 in New York, auction house Christie's will put a total of 269 jewels up for bid, estimated to be worth more than $30 million. They include gifts from her many husbands, including the 33.19-carat Asscher-cut Krupp Diamond, later known as the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond. Other gifts for sale include the famous 16th-century La Peregrina pearl and 17th-century Taj Mahal diamond pendant.More

AGL to test stones at Hong Kong Fair
American Gemological Laboratories will be performing on-site testing of colored stones for identification, enhancement and origin reports during the Hong Kong Watch and Jewelry Fair later this month.More

Pearls recover their luster for the Emirates
The National
The Emirates has long been rich territory for pearl connoisseurs. Beginning in the 16th century, pearl diving was a major source of income for people in the UAE and the wider Gulf. While the pearl trading business in the region started to decline in the 1930s because of the depression, there has been somewhat of a resurgence lately. The UAE has hosted a number of events pegged to pearls in recent years, including the country's first World Pearl Forum in 2009.More

GIA announces additional panelists for Jewelry Career Fair on Oct. 21
Gemological Institute of America has announced additional panelists being featured at the institute's Jewelry Career Fair and Open House on Oct. 21 at the world headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. Recognized as the industry's preeminent recruiting event, Career Fair helps bring together industry members, job seekers and recruiters to foster successful careers in gems and jewelry.More

Future shop: The ins and outs of Facebook commerce
JCK Online
The emerging category of Facebook commerce lets merchants place "buy" buttons beside those noncommittal "likes." Will the upstart sales platform take the jewelry industry by storm?More