North Jersey Guild Meeting
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When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
6:30 PM
Where: Tiff’s Grill and Ale House
231 Speedwell Ave
Morris Plains, New Jersey  07950
United States
Presenter: Renée Newman
Contact: Debora Swinney

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Cost: $40 online or check, $45 at the door, Cash Bar

Make checks payable to:
North Jersey Guild

Mail checks to: 
B&E Jewelers c/o Marc Altman
1029 Street Road
Southampton, PA 18966
RSVP: By Tuesday, May 4, 2018
Debora Swinney
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The North Jersey Guild Presents Renée Newman

How Exotic Gems are Changing the Jewelry Industry

Gems that were once only bought by collectors have become increasingly popular in jewelry stores and designer boutiques. New finds have made these non-traditional gems more available, and retailers are using the stones to set themselves apart from their competition by creating unusual items to wear and give as gifts. This increasing interest in exotic gems prompted author, Renée Newman, to write five books—Exotic Gems: Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 and Rare Gemstones.

Her presentation will help you evaluate the quality of unusual gem materials and show you how they can be used to create distinctive jewelry. The presentation will include photo examples and information on:

  • Unique jewelry designs with non-traditional gems
  • Value factors that can be more important than color
  • Care tips and appropriate setting styles for fragile gems
  • Pricing, including the highest-priced non-traditional gems
  • Geographic sources

The main stones that will be discussed are apatite, fluorite, kyanite, rhodochrosite, tanzanite and sphene. However, other colored stones will be illustrated and mentioned briefly.

Speaker Bio

Our speaker, Renée Newman, learned to appreciate fine gemstones when she directed tours to Asia and South America in the early 1980s. Her passengers wanted details on how to evaluate the quality of the gems they were exposed to, so she signed up for the GIA Colored Stone Grading Course. She was so impressed with it that she decided to take the other courses required for gemologists. Newman noticed that the more information she gave her passengers, the more they were willing to spend on gems.

After obtaining her gemological diploma, she was hired as a gemologist at a wholesale firm in downtown Los Angeles. Armed with trade experience and gemological credentials, Newman decided to create books that showed readers how to visually evaluate the quality of gems. Her first book, the Diamond Ring Buying Guide, was published in 1989. Since that time, she has written twelve more books on gems and jewelry.

Newman’s books are used worldwide as buying guides, sales-training tools, gemology course texts and references for jewelers, dealers and appraisers. If you would like autographed copies of Renée’s books, bring cash or a check. Her books will be available for sale before and after the meeting for a discounted price of $15 each including sales tax.

Additional information about Renée and her books is available at


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The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

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