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Feb. 18, 2009
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AGTA Shares GemFair Results
from AGTA
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) provided the results of the 2009 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson, held February 4-9. Attendance was down compared to last year and buying was conservative by those companies in attendance. Although buying activity was slower, many companies were still in Tucson to restock their inventory with gemstones, pearls and finished jewelry. More

A. Kleiman and Company

AGTA GemFair Seminars Available on DVD
from the International Colored Gemstone Association
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) recorded the GemFair Seminar Program in Tucson for the first time this year using a new technology that combines audio recording synched with the speaker’s PowerPoint presentation. The Association is distributing complimentary copies of the 25-seminar DVD-Rom to every member company and is making the recordings available to non-members for a nominal fee. More

ICA Congress 2009
from the International Colored Gemstone Association
The 2009 ICA Congress will be a six-day international conference addressing current colored gemstone industry topics focusing on global trade and business development in China. The ICA Congress is being held in China’s largest jewelry manufacturing area, Panyu, Guangzhou, from May 5-10, 2009. Industry leaders from around the world will exchange trade updates and views through presentations and discussion sessions designed to encourage lively debate and networking. The ICA Congress is expected to draw the largest number of attendees to date. Exciting excursions and activities complete the full schedule of networking events. The first ICA Congress was held in 1985 in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Sponsors for the ICA Congress 2009 are the National Gemstone Testing Center (NGTC) in Beijing, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Panyu Branch (CCPIT) and Worldmart Jewelry & Gems Emporium (HK) Ltd. More

Warren Buffet Does a Little Shopping at Tiffany & Co.
from Luxist
Famed billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. picked up a pricey bauble this Valentine's week, $250 million of Tiffany & Co. debt. Tiffany & Co. is still the world's second-largest retailer of luxury jewelry but like many retailers, especially those in the jewelry business, it took a deep hit over the past holiday season. With its stock share price falling and lower sales numbers, the Buffett boost provides much-needed insulation in an unsure world. More

Kimberly Collines Colored Gems

AGTA GTC Advanced Treatment Seminar Special
from AGTA
The AGTA Gemological Testing Center (GTC) is offering special pricing on its upcoming Advanced Treatment Seminars on Emeralds and Corundum, March 5-6, in New York City. These renowned, hands-on classes are normally $800 each, but are now being offered for $600 each or $1000 for both sessions. More

Gemfields Appoints New CEO
from JCK India
Gemfields has appointed Ian Timothy Harebottle as the new CEO of the company. He has replaced Sean Gilbertson who held the position since June, 2008. Harebottle, 46, is a veteran of the coloured gemstone industry. Most recently he was the chief executive officer of Tanzanite One Ltd; having joined the company as operations director in September 2001. More

Famed Pearl Carpet of Baroda at Sotheby’s Doha Sale
from Diamond World
The Pearl Carpet of Baroda will feature as the centerpiece of Sotheby’s sale in Doha, along with other objects in the Arts of the Islamic World auction. The auction is to be held Mar. 19, 2009. Mary Jo Otsea, Worldwide Director of Rugs and Carpets at Sotheby’s said: “It is fitting that an historic object as magnificent and unique as the Pearl Carpet of Baroda is a major highlight of our inaugural series of auctions in Doha. The carpet has never appeared at auction before and the sale therefore represents an unparalleled opportunity to acquire an extraordinarily significant work of art. I am delighted that Middle Eastern collectors will be able to view this stunning work.” More

Pearls for Girls

Global Pearl Industry Congregates in Dubai
from The Dubai City Guide
Leading experts from the pearl and jewelry industry are gathering at the Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah for the inaugural World Pearl Forum, hosted by the Dubai Pearl Exchange, a subsidiary of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC). The event is being held under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Delivering the keynote address at the event, HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman, Dubai World underlined the Emirate’s historical connection with pearls and expressed hope that synchronized industry effort would facilitate the revival of Dubai’s pearl trade. More

Hot Spring Fashion Trends
from SheKnows
Spring is right around the corner and with it comes a big change in the fashion scene. The dark colors and heavy fabrics of winter are replaced with the brighter, lighter fashions of springtime. This spring bolster your wardrobe with some of the hottest fashion trends. Bold, chunky jewelry stays in for another season. More

Halle Berry to Glamorize Real Life Jewelry Thief in Doris Payne Film
from Variety
Halle Berry has become attached to star in "Who Is Doris Payne," a Eunetta Boone-scripted fact-based film about an international jewel thief whose career spanned five decades. The project is being developed by J2 partners Justin Berfield and Jason Felts. That duo just got their first pilot pickup when Fox Broadcasting greenlit "Sons of Tucson," bringing Berfield back to Fox for the first time since he starred as Reese in "Malcolm in the Middle." More

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