AGTA Spectrum Awards™ – New York Drop-Off October 6th
The final deadline to submit entries for the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is next Tuesday, Oct. 6 in New York City. Jewelry pieces and loose gemstones must be dropped off in person between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm at the offices of Intercolor USA at 48 W. 48th St., Ste. 800. Entry forms must accompany each piece.
MJSA At the Bench Live Sessions Set for Expo West, AGTA GemFair Tucson
Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America has scheduled a series of At the Bench Live demonstrations for its MJSA Expo West Pavilion. The seminars will take place daily Feb. 2-7 at AGTA GemFair Tucson. Conducted by some of the industry's most renowned designers and jewelers, the interactive sessions will cover a range of solutions for bench challenges, from using CAD/CAM in the setting of fancy-cut gems, to the repurposing of gem-set heirlooms.
Madeleine Albright's Unusual Secret Weapon: Jewelry
from Newsweek's The Gaggle Blog
Now that we've had three successive administrations name a female secretary of state, it doesn't seem like a big deal anymore. But Madeleine Albright was a novelty when she took the position in 1997, and how she used her gender to advantage is the subtext to her new book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box. The book has launched together with an exhibition of pins at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
The Hope Diamond Stands Alone
from the Smithsonian
The Hope Diamond, the Smithsonian's rock for all ages, that wonderful indigo blue 45.52 carat gem stone, is once again in the spotlight. As part of the diamond’s on-going 50th-anniversary celebration of its arrival at the National Museum of Natural History, curators will remove the diamond from its classic Cartier-designed platinum setting and put the naked stone on exhibit for the next six months. Meanwhile, a new, temporary setting is being hand-crafted by the renowned New York jeweler, Harry Winston Inc, and the Hope will go on view in April 2010 dressed up its new attire.
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Carved in Stone
from Color N Ice Blog
Gemologists have a not-so-inside joke: If you don't know what it is - call it agate. The truth is agate has been used for centuries in personal adornment and decor owing to its availability worldwide and its broad array of color combinations. For those taking notes, this colorful semi-precious stone is a quartz variety. A popular use of agate in jewelry is chalcedony, and moss agate.
Would You Buy a $342,000 Ring Online?
from First Water News
Like real estate, important, signed gems have a value that goes far beyond their intrinsic worth. And the allure of Faberge is without compare. In 1986, while visiting the Hermitage in the city then called Leningrad, this author was floored by the diamond eggs and ruby snuff boxes crafted by Faberge for Tzar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Such frivolous items realized with such extraordinary expertise represent indulgence at its extreme.
Pantone Launches iPhone App: MyPantone
from Cool Hunting
Pantone's new application for the iPhone and iTouch - aptly titled myPantone - allows users easy access to the Pantone color libraries, serving as an on-the-go color reference guide. The application not only makes discovering new hues a snap, it also affords the user the ability to create and share color palettes in addition to saving and storing them for later comparison.
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Finlay to Close All Specialty Stores
Finlay Enterprises, one of the nation's leading retailers of fine jewelry, is closing all specialty jewelry store nameplates which include Bailey Banks & Biddle, Congress Jewelers, Carlyle & Co., J.E. Caldwell, Park Promenade and Zell Bros. Jewelers.
Another 'Largest Diamond Ever' Find in South Africa
One of the largest, high quality diamonds discovered to date has been found at a mine in South Africa, mining group Petra Diamonds has revealed. The 507 carat stone, which could be worth in excess of $20 million, was found with three other large diamonds. They were discovered at the famous Cullinan mine, where the largest diamond in history was found more than 100 years ago.
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