Archive for October, 2010

Bringing out the Stars

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Blue Star SapphireWith great world recognition, Star Sapphire are the celebrity in this cast of gems. A great feature of this phenomenal gem is that it appeals both to men and women in any piece of jewelry, such as earrings, cuff links, tie tacks, rings, bracelets or broaches. With its very large range of colors and price points, anyone can reach for a star and own it.
When presenting stars to your customers, proper use of lighting is of the utmost importance. Make sure you use a strong single source of light to best demonstrate this feature. The sun is the best source of light in this case, and if not possible a strong flashlight will do. Diffused lighting and multiple sources of light will not produce the star present in the gem. Teach and practice showing star sapphires with your staff, since that is ultimately the feature you are selling in these beauties.

Blue Grey Star Sapphire Pink Star Sapphire

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Matched Pair of Pear Shape Spessartite Garnet

Monday, October 18th, 2010

A hot vivid rich orange, this beautiful matched pair of pear shaped Spessartite Garnet truly dazzles. Their color, clarity and superior cut will guarantee any design featuring them to shine.

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Item # 2852 – 9.6 x 5.6 mm Pear Shape Spessartite Garnet – 3.15 ct TW

Drop earrings are in!! Seen in so many winning designs and on red carpets, this beautiful pop of color can truly be worn all year round, simply by themselves or as accents for larger earrings.

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Natural Yellow Zircon Cushion Pair

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Earthy and sunny, this beautiful matched pair of yellow Zircon is extremely well cut, bright and super well matched. Their amazing life and sparkle truly resembles fancy color diamonds. At a super affordable price, it allows you to create a very salable custom look.

yellow zircon cushion pair

Item #2947 – 9.9 x 7.3mm Cushion Pair Natural Yellow Zircon – 8.93ctTW

Framed very simply in gold, they will surely catch the eye of any discerning customer who wants the big bold look on a budget. A sure winner.

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Honey Natural Zircon

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Celebrating falls earthy neutral colors, this beautiful cushion Zircon is extremely well cut and bright. Its crispness and clarity truly gives it a stunning fancy color diamond look that is very impressive and eye catching at a small fraction of the cost.

Cushion Honey Zircon brown zircon

Item # 3119 – 13.9 x 10.8 mm Cushion Honey Zircon – 8.97 ct

Larger Zircon such as this are very rare and often appear lazy and muddy in appearance. This very affordable gem offers your customer the wow factor well within their means. A truly salable and unique piece.

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Gem 2000 Gem Search and Website Plugin

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

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To make yourself standout from the crowd, offer the unique and unusual, creating excitement and awakening the desire to own something no one else has. Industry research shows higher profit margins and growth in custom design and colored gemstone sales.

Our large inventory of well cut, high quality, gorgeous colored gems in different ranges of price is YOURS…


We have made it easy for you to show beautiful gems to your customers, deciding on color, shape and budget before you even show an actual gem to your customer. It’s very easy to visit our website, register online, and show our inventory of high quality pictures to your customer with your choice of mark ups.

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We also have developed a simple search feature that can be seamlessly integrated into your own website to give your customers full access to our inventory of fine quality colored gemstones. Once registered for the Gem 2000 Gem Search, you can access your own personalized gem search plugin via the My Profile page. Copy and paste into you website, set your markup options, and begin offering your customers a broad choice of beautiful colored gemstones. Please contact us for more information.

Special Update:
We have recently improved the markup options for our gem search, allowing you to set multiple levels of markup for different price ranges of stones.

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October Featured Stone

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Extremely bright, well cut and lively with a rich intense soft shade of pink with a touch of lavender, this truly beautiful pear shaped gem Kunzite has amazing life and presence.

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Kunzite
Pear Shape- 17.6 x 13mm – 12.53ct
Item #721

This intensity of color is extremely rare in Kunzite, only available in very large stones. With its very practical and wearable size, this gem is sure to make any designer piece dazzle and sing.

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Glenn Lehrer Carvings and Torus Ring Cuts

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

For jewelers wishing to offer the one of a kind and unique to their customers, these carvings and special cuts are ideal and we have had a great response to them, every single time.
With fluid and organic shapes in a wide range of colors and materials, these carvings truly allow for creativity and design, allowing you to put your signature touch to the piece. The Torus Cut pices, in a great range of materials, offer a cery eyecatching custom look, but at the same time a very easy to set in non custom mountings, allowing you the best of both worlds.

glenn lehrer gemstone artist torus ring
Glenn Lehrer, G.G., president of Lehrer Designs, Inc., is internationally recognized as one of the finest gemstone carvers of our time. A graduate gemologist, he has won numerous awards for his jewelry and gemstone designs. His award winning gemstones and jewelry designs have appeared on the cover of ten major jewelry publications, and many articles describing his craftsmanship have been published. In May his work appeared on the cover of two magazines, Basel Magazine and Lapidary Journal, and Glenn was also featured in an article on “American Gem Cutters,” in Departures Magazine. So come by and check out this new addition and its possibilities.

Gem 2000 represents Glenn Lehrer at all of the major trade shows. We presently have an exciting selection of his works at hand. Please contact us for more information on this and help your store stand out from the crowd.

Glenn Lehrer sapphire torus ringGlenn Lehrer torus pendantGlenn Lehrer sapphire torus earrings
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AGTA Names 2011 Board of Directors

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

(VIA: National Jeweler Magazine)

Effective at the 2011 Board of Directors Meeting in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Bentley of Robert Bentley Co., Betty Sue King of King’s Ransom, Gerry Manning of Manning International, Bill Larson of Pala International and Niveet Nagpal of Omi Gems will take on three-year terms as AGTA board directors.

As for AGTA officers and directors whose terms will continue through the coming year, Benjamin Hackman of Intercolor will remain in the role of president, Kambiz Sabouri of Gem 2000 will remain vice president, John Bachman of John M. Bachman will be secretary and Sampat Poddar of Byrex Gems will stay on as treasurer. Continuing on in their director positions are Bear Williams of Bear Essentials, Ambrish Sethi of Manak Jewels, Ruben Bindra of B & B Fine Gems, Cynthia Renee Zava of Cynthia Renee Co., Sushil Goyal of Liberty Gems, Peter Bazar of Imperial-Deltah, Joe Orlando of Stuller and Lois Wacholtz of Christopher’s Fine Jewelry Design. In addition, Barbara Lawrence of Boston Gems & Findings will remain past president through 2011.

The new board members will be introduced at the AGTA membership meeting to be held Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Tucson Convention Center. The meeting is open to all AGTA members.

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