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May 7, 2021

All About Birthstones: Emerald

May’s birthstone, emerald, gets the spotlight in this video presented by Bryan C. Aderhold, CG, of Nash James Enterprises LLC. Bryan’s company specializes in colored gemstones and he’s an expert on a variety of the beautiful gems that adorn our most precious pieces. Vendors: Are you interested in submitting a video on birthstones? This is your opportunity to share your expertise on birthstones with your fellow members through short, one to three-minute videos discussing the characteristics and qualities of gemstones. Your video will be featured in our semi-monthly Spectra Update and in AGS PRO. To participate, click the button below to fill

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Just Released: JBT Q1 2021 Vital Stats

By The Jewelers Board of Trade The Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) has a message that we would like to share with you. Good news. Jewelry business closures continue to lag behind predictions. In Q1 2021, 148 jewelry businesses discontinued their operations, down 51% from Q1 2020. That breaks down to retailers 121 vs. 247; wholesalers 12 vs. 37 and manufacturers 15 vs. 19. Total jewelry business tracked by JBT in North America stands at 25,413. Not surprising that it continues to be even harder to start a new jewelry business. New jewelry businesses in the U.S. were down 33

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Craig Underwood’s Photo Takes “Best of the Best”

Craig Underwood, CGA, of Underwood’s Fine Jewelers and past-President of the American Gem Society Board of Directors, recently won the 2020 Best of the Best photo competition from the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas. Known by his friends, family, and industry peers as a talented photographer, Craig uses his camera to visually document the beautiful locales that he and his wife, Laura, have experienced during their travels. Craig’s award-winning photo was of an ancient and massive bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan. Congratulations, Craig! If you’d like to learn more about Craig and Laura Underwood, they were recently featured in Celebrate

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What’s Trending Now?

Are you looking for something to share on your social media that shows the latest trends and supports your fellow American Gem Society (AGS) members? “Trending Now” is our new webpage that focuses on the latest fine jewelry trends and features the gorgeous and timeless designs of AGS Supplier vendors.  You’ll see these seven seasonal trends: Long Necklaces Bangles Diamonds Pearls Chains Spherical Pieces Feel the Warmth Click the button below to be taken to the page! Trending Now If you see an image on the webpage that you like, feel free to use it in your social media, and

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