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June 17, 2009
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AGTA Offers Members Special Pricing Incentive at Gemological Testing Center
from AGTA
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) in an effort to assist their Members in this very difficult business environment is providing Special Purchase Prices for lab services at the AGTA Gemological Testing Center (GTC). The AGTA GTC is extending this offer exclusively to all AGTA Members in appreciation of the support they have shown the AGTA through their 2009 Membership dues and GemFair Tucson booth fees. More    E-mail article

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Unearthing Montana's Yogo Sapphires
from KPAX-TV
Sapphires are the official Montana state gem, but one type of sapphire in particular stands out: the Yogo sapphire. Roberts Yogo Mine in central Montana is the only commercial Yogo mine in the world, and a new group is helping to ensure that the process of getting the gems from the mine to the store is done responsibly. More    E-mail article

Blue Diamond Sells for $3.6 Million at Christie's
from Israel Diamond Portal
A 6.29-carat fancy-intense-blue diamond sold last week for $3.6 million at Christie's New York spring jewelry auction, paying $565,000 per carat, National Jeweler reported. According to a press release by Christie's of New York, the pear-shaped stone was bought by an anonymous buyer. More    E-mail article

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Jewelers of America Fights LIFO Repeal
from Jewelers of America
Jewelers of America, the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, has initiated a campaign to aggressively oppose a repeal of the last-in, first out (LIFO) inventory accounting method, which President Barack Obama has proposed in his FY 2010 budget. "This repeal would be a potentially fatal blow to companies in the jewelry industry that use LIFO," says Jewelers of America President and CEO Matthew A. Runci. Additional information can be found in Runci's letter to the membership and in the Key Legislator Contact List on the Jewelers of America site. More    E-mail article

Wedding Day Gems to Wear Year 'Round
from Forbes
This year, belt-tightening brides and grooms are cutting back on everything from flower arrangements to the open bar. But there's one thing some won't sacrifice in recessionary times: jewels. "Jewelry is the one thing that outlasts the cake, champagne and music," says Denise O'Donoghue, beauty and jewelry director of Brides magazine. "Brides continue to spend money on jewelry for their wedding day." More    E-mail article

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Edible Luxury: The Chocouture Diamond Collection
from Luxist
They aren't diamonds but you could be excused for making that mistake. And the 24k gold and diamond chocolates in the Chocouture Diamond Collection do feature edible gold leaf. More    E-mail article

GJEPC Plans India Diamond and Color Stone Show Ahead of IIJS
from Rapaport
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has organized a business-to-business event called the India Diamond & ColourStone Show, which will be held Aug. 4-5, 2009, in Mumbai. This new show, exclusively held for loose diamonds and colored stones, leads into the 26th annual India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) that begins Aug. 6 in Mumbai. More    E-mail article



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