GemFind Newsletter 4-19-2016

April 19, 2016

GemFind Newsletter 4-19-2016

April 19, 2016 GemFind Marketing
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Market Roundup: What Buyers Wanted in Chicago
Brecken Branstrator      National Jeweler     April 19

Based on the activity at the April Smart Show, many retailers still are shopping for price-point driven jewelry, especially when it comes to diamond fashion pieces.

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AGTA among Four New Members of U.S. Jewelry Council
Rapaport News         April 17

The U.S. Jewelry Council, which works to ensure the industry is collectively represented at the government and international level, announced the addition of four new members.The American Gem Trade Association, Diamond Club West Coast, the National 

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AGS Elects Berg President
David Brummer      IDEX     April 19

The American Gem Society (AGS) has announced that it elected Scott Berg, CG, as president of the society’s board of directors. Berg, of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry in Baton Rouge, LA, assumes the role from outgoing president, Louis Smith, CG, of Smithworks Fine Jewelry and he will hold the role of president until April 2017. 

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Rough&Polished: Diamond Industry Regains Stability

Diamond Loupe            April 15 

In an in-depth analysis of the market for Rough&Polished, analyst Elena Levina says that despite lower reported trade figures in March, three consecutive months of growth indicate the industry seems to have regained balance.

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The War of Words Between Rapaport and Diamond Foundry
Rob Bates        JCK               April  14

Earlier this month, Martin Rapaport released a typically impassioned jeremiad against synthetic diamond producers—and Silicon Valley startup Diamond Foundry in particular—which has set off a lively debate on various Facebook pages (including mine).

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Statement Colored Gems Up For Auction This Week In New York 

Anthony Demarco    Jewelry News Network    April 18 

Following the $32 million sale of the De Beers Millennium Blue at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in April, blue diamonds continue to be in high demand at international auction houses around the world.

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Unique Twisted Shank Engagement Ring 
Linh Pilipchak  Price Scope  April 15
This beautiful one-of-a-kind rose gold ring has a 1.5 carat Ideal cut round center stone with a twisted shank/band set with diamonds Âľ of the way; notice the beautiful artwork of bezeled opals under the basket and on the sides and the beading under the shank. 
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STRAYLITE Media    April 16 

This 105.6 carat fellow is understood to have been extracted from the Kollur mine is Golconda, India, the same place as The Hope Diamond… oooh! Maybe it’s the mine that’s cursed?! It’s name means “Mountain of Light” in Persian.

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Christie’s meteorite auction: Price of space rock doesn’t cost the earth
   James Tarmy        Financial Review           April 13    

“It’s interesting how you price meteorites,” said James Hyslop, a specialist at Christie’s London who has organised an April 20 sale of 76 meteorites. Among the factors that affect prices, he said, are meteorites’ scarcity and the fact that available stock is only occasionally replenished. 



4 Email-marketing Tips to Drive (More) Sales
  CAROLYN NYE  Practical Ecommerce   April 18     
There are many ways to increase the effectiveness of email marketing, from testing subject lines and creative to increasing frequency and discounts. In this article, I will review four ways to increase the results of your emails, to move the needle on traffic and, ultimately, sales. 
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