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SAVE THE DATE & START PLANNING NOW - AGA Tucson Conference, Feb. 1, 2017

See what you missted at the AGA Las Vegas Conference on June 2, 2016

The Good, the Bad….and the Beautiful - Industry Insights you need to know about

The Good

Toward Fair Trade Transparency - Where should our industry be headed?

Eric Braunwart – Columbia Gem House (bio)

"It has been about 15 years since an industry discussion on transparent and responsible supply chains began, so where did it start and where is it at today? The real question may be, Is the concept actually becoming an important part of the gemstone and jewelry industry or will it be nothing more than a legal liability type move, by the industry, to keep NGO's off their backs and avoid lawsuits? We will look at how I expect things to progress, and also a couple of the interesting projects we have helped develop using transparent, supportive, gemstone supply chains." - Eric Braunwart

The Bad

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Gem and Jewelry Frauds - Protecting yourself and your clients
New scams aimed at jewelers, appraisers and consumers

Art SamuelsEstate Buyers (bio)

A Fool And His Money Are Soon Parted - We heard about Gem Fraud from Art Samuels, a technically savvy gemologist who Buys, Sells, and Lends money on Gems daily in South Florida. Art sees misrepresentations amounting to criminal fraud by disreputable people. He also sees everyday trickery by the trade. We learned when promoting sales crosses the line to unethical conduct and profited from Art's observations and his learning moments as he revealed some cleaver cons.

Peter ShemonskyPeter Jon Shemonsky (bio)

How do you know when something is wrong with jewelry construction, metal content or signature? A lot of money changes hands on promises only to be discovered as fraudulent. Peter Shemonsky shared his insights as an accomplished bench jeweler and dealer from private sales to the auction market.

& the Beautiful

Bulls in a Bear Market - Natural Color Diamonds – their attributes & soaring values

Defining GIA Color Boundaries

John KingGIA (bio)

The grading system for natural color diamonds established by the Gemological Institute of America remains the word-wide benchmark.  While most stones fall well-within a color category, it's the borderline diamonds that are a challenge.  With record-high prices for natural color diamonds, knowing what goes into making those calls is vital to dealers, collectors and appraisers, alike.

Valuing Fancy Color Diamonds

Jose Batista - Rio Diamond (bio)
Scott West – LJ West Diamonds (bio)
Thomas GelbNatural Color Diamond Association (bio)

We heard what is happening in this lively market from the inside and how subtle nuances can mean big bucks.

About the AGA Las Vegas Conference

Conference sessions were from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The conference concluded with a hosted networking reception from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Westin Las Vegas Hotel

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