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July 15, 2009
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AGTA Speakers at Upcoming Events
from AGTA
With the interest level in colored gemstones and cultured pearls on the rise, the demand for American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) speakers has been very strong this year and continues through this summer and fall. Industry organizations are turning to AGTA to help bring more information to their retail members about this margin-friendly category. More    E-mail article

Kimberly Collins Colored Gems

Wedding Fashion Trend: Color
from The Chicago Wedding Examiner
Color isn't just for bridesmaids anymore. From metallics to mint, brides are ditching virginal white for pops of color with elegant designs and details. You don't have to be a rocker chick like Gwen Stefani to pull off a colored wedding dress, but you do have to throw caution to the wind and dare to be different. After all, you don't exactly have tradition on your side. More    E-mail article

The Mysterious Allure of Black Diamonds
from First Water News
There’s a mysterious, metallic gleam to a black diamond that is almost supernatural in character. Given the versatility, the lower cost, and the subtle showiness of black diamonds, it seems their day has come. More    E-mail article

John Parrish Photography

JBT Offers Collection Services
from JBT
Chances are, you didn't get into the jewelry business to spend your time chasing down past due invoices. Time is money. And late payers can cost you a lot of both. That is why JBT's extensive range of Collection services makes so much sense. It's easy to use, it's economical, and it's effective. More    E-mail article

Getty Center Exhibits 'Carvers and Collectors'
from Huliq
The Getty Center, Los Angeles runs an exhibition named 'Carvers and Collectors' through September 7, 2009 at the Getty Villa. This exhibition features intaglios and cameos carved by ancient master engravers along with outstanding works by modern carvers and works of art in diverse media that illustrate the lasting allure of gems. More    E-mail article


A Guide To Colored Gemstones Brochure
from AGTA
AGTA has just refreshed this valuable point of sale brochure by adding a new cover, new images and updating the text. The brochure is 16 pages of buying information and gemstone photography. This is a great resource for sales associates and as an informational brochure to give to clients. The brochure introduces the 4 C's of colored gemstones to help build confidence in the product by using terms that will have some familiarity with clients and staff.     More    E-mail article

De Beers Delays Bank Covenant Tests Until Loan Renegotiated
from Bloomberg
De Beers, the world’s largest diamond company, secured an agreement with banks to delay tests on its debt covenants while it renegotiates a $1.5 billion loan facility. The talks on the loan facility, which needs to be renewed in March, are likely to conclude "later in the year," spokesman David Prager said, without being more specific. He declined to identify the banks involved. The next debt to be repaid is in 2012, he added. More    E-mail article

Summer Fashion Forcast: Eye Popping Brights Shine on the Runway
from The Baltimore Beauty Examiner
The news these days is full of dark and gloomy news about the economy and the state of the world. Luckily, as was seen on the spring runways, color is the it-thing in fasion these days. The obsession for bright, saturated colors in fashion has carried over into the cosmetic industry. Fuschias, deep purples, and turquoises are everywhere from your department store make-up counter to the cosmetic aisle in Target. More    E-mail article

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