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Former AGTA President Shire passes
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The members of the American Gem Trade Association join the entire jewelry industry in mourning the passing of Maurice Shire, this past Saturday. Maurice was a founding father of the AGTA and served for many years on our Board of Directors and as our President from 1987 to 1988. Maurice was a tireless advocate of ethics and professionalism; he was a man who displayed unbridled passion for his gemstones, his friends, and his family. More

Ruby treatments - flux fracture treated ruby
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In a general alert to the gemological community, Stone Group Labs, LLC and Deljanin & Simic Gemological Service Inc. are submitting a Gem Watch for ruby treatments. Please note that this is not the same treatment as that of the lead glass type filling. This process is a progression on earlier heat treatment chemical formulas typically used on Mong Hsu ruby but is a multi-step cleaning and fracture filling process involving extensive flux healing. "Any buyers of this material will want to ask the right questions, and wholesalers should be expected to have the right answers," says Doug Hucker, CEO of the AGTA. More

20 ideas worth stealing
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Creativity is a hallmark of the retail industry, and retailers have continued to demonstrate just how inventive, resourceful and imaginative they are over the last 18 months – no small feat given the financial challenges experienced by businesses and consumers alike. Consider the following a retail survival kit for 2010. More

The Authentic Optix® Cut Revolutionizes the Appearance of Precious Gems.
Employing advanced light refraction science, Optix® stones are precisely cut with concave faceting to reflect significantly more light than stones with flat faceting. The result is a stone with unmatched brilliance. MORE

Harvard comes to Conclave 2010: AGS Conclave features Harvard Business School professors
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The Revolution continues for the American Gem Society. Expanding on the theme of "Revolution" for the 2010 Conclave in Boston, the AGS has announced that two leading Harvard Business School (HBS) professors will be teaching workshops that give participants not only a hands-on experience with the HBS curriculum, but will teach them bold new ways to conduct business. More

GEM Awards 2010 honors jewelry retailers and Madeleine Albright
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright received the GEM Award for Style at the Jewelry Information Center's (JIC) eighth annual GEM Awards gala in New York City. The evening also included The National Jeweler’s Retailer Hall of Fame, which inducted Richard Eiseman, Robert Rottenberg and Jon Bridge. Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, presented Albright with her award. More

JSA awards two for helping reduce industry crime
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The Jewelers Security Alliance (JSA) presented awards to two individuals for their help in fighting industry crime this past year. David Cornstein, chairman of JSA, presented the 12th Annual James B. White Award for Law Enforcement to deputy chief Jeff Ross of the Northbrook, Ill., police department. Cornstein also presented JSA's Fifth Annual Industry Service Award to Ivy Cutler, coordinator of the records department in the GIA Laboratory in New York. More

Kaszirer Diamonds' stock of fancy color goods to be auctioned
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The stock of Kaszirer Diamonds will be auctioned on Monday, Jan. 18 at the Antwerp Diamondclub. The stock includes fancy color polished diamonds in round and fancy cuts as well as several lots of polished and rough diamonds. The diamonds vary in size from 0.5 carats up to 3.00 carats. More

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Tiffany raises full-year targets
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Tiffany & Co. said a sharp increase in its holiday sales has raised its full-year sales and earnings view. The upscale jeweler joins many other retailers reporting strong enough holiday sales as to boost their estimates or raise them above views, including department store Macy's Inc., discounter Target Corp. and rival Signet Jewelers Ltd. More

What Did the well-dressed Neanderthal wear? Jewelry
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Here's something you probably know: Neanderthals did not shop at Tiffany's. Here's something you probably don't: They nonetheless had impressive taste in jewelry, a fact that makes them a bit more intelligent than we thought. The jewelry in question consists mostly of sea shells, many of them pierced, with bits of pigment on them. More

AMERICAN GEMOLOGICAL LABORATORIES On Site Testing In Tucson! Visit us in the main hall, Booth #23
America's first and most highly respected laboratory for identification, treatments and origin reporting. AGL's experienced specialists and advanced analytical techniques uncover the secrets of every stone. Our reports are accepted throughout the industry, including wholesalers, retailers, auction houses and most importantly consumers. MORE

CIJT student's achievement recognized
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The California Institute of Jewelry Training (CIJT) in Sacramento, California, has announced that student Gwendolyn R. Rankin of Petaluma achieved the highest honors awarded by the Canadian Gemmological Association for the year 2009. CIJT is an allied teaching center for the Canadian Gemmological Association and a member of AGTA. More

China to look into AP report of cadmium in jewelry
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China's product safety agency will look into findings that dangerous levels of cadmium are being used in exports of children's jewelry, a Chinese official said following growing concern in the United States about the products. Attending a toy safety conference in Hong Kong, the official said that his agency only just learned of findings in an Associated Press investigation and would examine the findings on cadmium contamination. More

D. Sarros Gems Limited donates fine gemstones to museums
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D. Sarros Gems Limited, a wholesale dealer of fine gemstones, has donated a selection of fine gemstones to two different U.S. museums. A 46.16ct. barrel-cut Peridot was presented to the National Museum in Washington D.C. and six tourmalines were donated to the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. More

Protecting your company's good name
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While most people believe it was an iceberg that caused the Titanic to sink, recent research tells us that in fact, it was a series of bad decisions by the shipbuilder. These decisions led to substandard parts failing when the Titanic hit the iceberg, resulting in the ship's demise. Today, companies have robust risk prevention systems to avoid these kinds of corporate "shipwrecks," but unfortunately, most managers and employees don't follow them. More

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