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AGTA Trade Show Manager to Retire

She served in the role since 1991.

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Mary Lou Keen

(PRESS RELEASE) DALLAS, TX — The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced the retirement of Mary Lou Keen, longtime trade show manager for the association.

“I walked into the AGTA office twenty-two years ago and Mary Lou had already been with AGTA for nearly a decade. I quickly learned that Mary Lou was truly the “face” of AGTA to many, if not all of our members. And she was universally adored. That adoration stems from the person she is. A consummate professional, a vigorous champion of our members and the association, and honestly the most kind and caring person I have ever known,” said Douglas Hucker, CEO of AGTA. “The success that AGTA has enjoyed, and the position of respect that the Association has achieved within our industry are due in large part to the dedication and devotion that Mary Lou brought the office each and every day. I don’t know where the AGTA, its members, its staff, or myself would be if Mary Lou had not spent the last thirty years with us; but I know we would be less. Thank you, Mary Lou, my colleague, my friend.”

Keen served in her current role since 1991 and prior to that served in numerous roles throughout AGTA. She joined the AGTA in 1989 and helped develop the AGTA presence at past shows such as the Smart Show, the SJTA Show, MJSA Expo and the AGTA GemFair at the JCK Show. Keen was also an integral part of the development of current AGTA shows including the AGTA GemFair Tucson, the AGTA Spectrum Awards, the AGTA Pavilion at the JA New York Summer Show and the debut of the new AGTA GemFair Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“It is hard to believe that 30 years have passed since I became part of the small office staff of AGTA. I am so fortunate to have spent these years with an Association that I am so proud of and to see its stature grow within of our industry,” said Keen. “I was fortunate to work with a committed staff, multiple dedicated Boards, talented members and supportive vendors. I am blessed to have had so many wonderful people in my life; I will always cherish these years.”

In addition to Keen’s service to AGTA, she has served on the board of the smart show and served on the advisory board of the Tucson Convention Center. Keen is the past recipient of the WJA Awards for Excellence for Special Services. She continues her philanthropy by serving her church community.

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Stuller Introduces New Findings and Metals Catalog

It features new product, improved product images, and more!

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAFAYETTE, LA – Stuller, Inc. announces the release of its newest catalog, Findings and Metals 2020-2021.

“We’ve added several key improvements to this catalog based off of customer feedback,” says Alissa Talbot, senior findings product manager. “Our biggest improvement to note, is that all products in this book are shown to scale, making purchasing decisions much easier and faster.”

Other new and improved features include:

• Additional product tabs for easier navigation.
• More product relationships identified, making it easier to find like items.
• Semi-set pricing featured throughout.
• Expanded introductions to better identify what’s in each section.

“As you browse the catalog, you’ll also discover an array of new product,” says Talbot. “This book includes our largest expansion of 14 karat rose gold findings to date.”

As with the release of most catalogs, customers can participate in a catalog interaction contest for the chance to win a Stuller account credit. To learn more about Findings and Metals 2020-2021 and the Change Up Challenge Catalog Contest visit Stuller.com/FindingsCatalog2020.

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Antonini Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Anniversary100 is a collection made completely in gleaming gold.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN — Antonini celebrates its century-spanning history with a significant collection in terms of both its wide and the bold choice made in the use of materials. Faithful to its history, which has seen the exclusive use of gold and diamonds for the ‘ready to wear’ collections, Sergio Antonini – the creative director of the brand – when designing the collection, he had in mind the malleability of gold and its most striking feature, which since antiquity and over the centuries has made it an immediately recognizable element: its sheen.

Anniversary100 is a collection made completely in gleaming gold, be it yellow gold or white gold, embellished with subtle waves of diamonds that underline the sensual profiles or some hidden details of the jewels. Soft and supple shapes recall those of the ‘Anniversary’ collection – one of the most iconic and successful collections in the brand’s recent history, designed in 2009 for the company’s 90th anniversary. Very long chains, rings and earrings that shine amongst garments and hair and reveal even brighter stones set at a 45-degree angle. In the more luxe version, in white gold, the surface is completely covered with valuable F-color diamonds that are exceptionally brilliant and sparkly.

Antonini’s dual soul is reflected in the two variants that each of its collections are organized into: yellow gold and white gold, to meet the taste of their markets of reference. From the US that loves white gold and imposing sizes, to Japan that prefers minimal jewelry, passing through the countries of the Russian area where the more traditional yellow gold triumphs.

Since 1919 in the heart of Milan: this is the Antonini story, a company which for three generations has been making jewelry with a unique and recognizable design, directly influenced by the motivation that the city offers, architecture, design and contemporary art, all passions that Sergio Antonini enjoys in his daily life. Beauty and culture are distinctive elements of the showroom in Piazza Borromeo 12: a place of a poignant artistic enchantment, a circle of extraordinary frescoes from the fifteenth century situated in an architectural context that has its roots in the history of the city. In a district where the medieval guilds had their own laboratories, giving the neighborhood its well-known street names: via Orefici, via Moneta, via Zecca, via del Bollo, via Spadari, via Armorari… In such a context, only exclusive creations such as those of Antonini can be made.

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French Association of Gemology Announces Speakers for 18th Gemological Symposium

It takes place on September 9, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PARIS, FRANCE – The Association Française de Gemmologie (the French Association of Gemology) has announced the line-up of speakers for the 18th Paris Gemological Rendez Vous, its prestigious annual gems symposium, which will take place on September 9, 2019, at: l’ASIEM, 6 rue Albert de Lapparent, Paris, France.

The speaker list in alphabetical order is:

  • Alan Bronstein, President of the Natural Color Diamond Association
  • Aurélien Delaunay, director of the French Laboratory Of Gemology (LFG)
  • Richard Duffy : CEO of Petra Diamonds
  • David Fisher, Principal Scientist, De Beers Technology
  • Stéphane Fischler, President of the World Diamond Council
  • Peter Karakchiev, Head of the International Relations Department, ALROSA
  • Jim Pounds, Executive Vice-President Diamonds, Dominion Diamond Mines
  • Martin Rapaport, Chairman, Rapaport
  • Eddy Vleeschdraeger, Director at the Scientific and Technical Research Center for
    Diamonds (WTOCD – Belgium), author of “Hardness 10”
  • Feriel Zerouki, Senior Vice-President of International Relations and Ethical Initiatives, De Beers

The moderator of the symposium is Didier Giard, president of the French Association of Gemology and a member of the French Academy of Overseas Sciences. “This year’s symposium will be taking a comprehensive look at diamonds,” said Giard. “During a period of many challenges to the natural diamond industries including synthetics and a volatile international market, we are very proud to host such distinguished members of the diamond industry. They will be giving us their considered views, backed by years of experience, on the diamond industry from many different angles.

“This is a one-day event (9.15 am to 6.00 pm) that will give the audience plenty of food for thought, from diamond mining, the current state of the market, and colored diamonds to the scientific, gemological and historical aspects of natural diamonds. I would urge members of the trade to register as soon as possible in order to secure a place at the symposium since there are a limited number of places available. The symposium will have simultaneous French and English translation.”

To register, please send a mail to: gemmes7@orange.fr

For further information, contact Didier Giard at: giard.didier@gmail.com

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