June. 1, 2011

AGTA GemFair at JCK Las Vegas: New day pattern and location reminder
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair at the JCK Las Vegas Show will be open a day before the main JCK Show on Thursday, June 2, and will close a day after the JCK Show on Tuesday, June 7. The AGTA GemFair will be located in the South Sea and Islander ballrooms on the Beach level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.More

AGTA to launch new products at JCK show
The American Gem Trade Association plans to introduce several new products at the upcoming JCK Las Vegas Show. AGTA will introduce the AGTA eLearning Platform, Spanish translations of point-of-sale materials, a new online community site for AGTA members, and a comprehensive retail promotional tool kit. Details on all of these products and programs can be found at the AGTA booths — L122 and AGTA122 — or online at www.agta.org.More

A stands for A-list and Adeler
Designer Jorge Adeler of Adeler Jewelers, an AGTA member, seems to have caught the eye of the Hollywood A list. Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian are just a few of the famous and fabulous who have chosen his unique one-of-a-kind designs to enhance their red carpet ensembles.More

48-carat diamond ring may fetch $3.5 million at auction
Two diamond rings will lead Christie's Important Jewels sale, to be held June 14 at the international auction house's New York location. The auction of 125 lots will also feature a number of statement jewels from the top jewelry houses, including multiple pieces from Cartier and Tiffany. Among the items is a diamond, sapphire and emerald "Panther" ring by Cartier. Designed as a pave-set diamond panther, the ring is set with cabochon sapphire spots, pear-shaped emerald eyes and a black enamel nose with a cushion-cut sapphire, mounted in platinum on the tip of the tail.More

Diamonds not forever as Kate Middleton leads brides choosing sapphire gems
Diamonds have long been a girl's best friend. Now, as fiancees-to-be hunt for unique baubles, sapphires, rubies and emeralds are winning favor, too.More

Social media, economy dominate GIA Symposium
National Jeweler
Consider it a sign of the times. One of the most talked about business-track sessions of the Gemological Institute of America's 2011 International Gemological Symposium was a session on social media given by Scott Galloway, a clinical associate professor at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business and head of L2, a digital think tank for luxury brands.More

Social media: What most companies don't know
Harvard Business Review
Social media has arrived, but companies still aren't sure what to do with it. Fifty-eight percent of companies are currently engaged in social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — but research from the Harvard Business Review Analytics Services report "The New Conversation: Taking Social Media from Talk to Action" finds that much of the investment in social is future-oriented. This slideshow shows how most companies really use social media — and what the most effective users do differently.More

Diamonds, colored jewels to lead Bonhams NY
National Jeweler
Bonhams has announced its June 15 auction of fine jewelry, a 166-lot sale that will feature pieces from designers such as Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and David Webb. "This sale is all about color," Susan Abeles, head of jewelry for Bonhams in the United States, said. "We continue to witness the strength of diamonds and estate jewelry, but color has particular power in this sale with outstanding opal lots."More