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June 24, 2009
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AGTA GTC Laboratory Update
from AGTA
This spring, the AGTA GTC received several attractive pieces of "black onyx" jewelry from different clients for identification reports. Some of the pieces were easily identified as dyed black chalcedony, more commonly known as "black onyx," while several of the pieces provided a gemological challenge. All of the jewelry pieces were manufactured in China. More    E-mail article

Kimberly Collins Colored Gems

Afghanistan's Dazzling National Treasures Presented at Metropolitan Museum
Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this summer, the traveling exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul, celebrates the country's unique role, as both the recipient of diverse cultural elements and the creator of distinctive styles of art from the Bronze Age into the Kushan period. More    E-mail article

Floral Prints Feminine, Fashionable This Summer
from The Boston Style Examiner
Embrace your girly side - delicate and oh-so feminine, tiny floral prints are in this summer. Bright colors reminiscent of summer landscapes are fun, easy and fashionable. Tiny floral prints can be found in almost any form of clothing, from accessories to dresses, plus they are hard to over-do. More    E-mail article

John Parrish Photography

Archeologists Find 4,000 Year Old Jewelry Making Site
from Express Buzz
Archaeologists have reportedly unearthed a glass bead production unit belonging to the Sangam period, near Palani, India. The scholars have recovered over 2,000 glass beads in red, yellow, blue and white from the unit, which might have been established somewhere between the second and third century BC. More    E-mail article

Rare Earth Mining Co Victim of Smash and Grab
from AGTA
A portion of Rare Earth Mining Companies unusual and highly recognizable inventory was stolen in a smash and grab theft in Pennsylvania. The thieves gained access to the vehicle by smashing the right rear glass panel window. Suspects have been arrested in the case trying to cash checks made out to the company. The gemstones have yet to be recovered. More    E-mail article


Barbie Gets Bulgari Makeover, Supports Save the Children Charity
from Luxist
Apparently Barbie (yes the Mattel doll) chooses endorsements like other celebrities (pseudo celebrity? 10 year old girl icon?). Currently she is supporting Bulgari's support of Save the Children International's "Rewrite the Future" campaign to fund education efforts for children in poverty stricken areas of the world. More    E-mail article

A Treasure Hunt's Jewels To Go Up For Auction
from Luxist
A couple of years ago we heard about a treasure hunt related to a book, "Secrets of the Alchemist Dar" which contained riddles leading to 100 gems including one rare stone which was said to be worth over $900,000. But the hunt was canceled and now a treasure heads to the auction block. More    E-mail article

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