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The increasing popularity of cultured pearls with unusual color and size combinations
Cultured Pearl Update

Fran Mastoloni shares his thoughts on the status of the cultured pearl market.

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A 24.96 ct sphene from Zimbabwe (left) and sillimanites from Sri Lanka and Myanmar (right)
Vibrantly Colored Gems

Bill Larson of Pala International reports a very strong AGTA Tucson show.

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Gem inventory at Tucson
Tucson 2015

A summary of the findings at Tucson’s 2015 gem shows.

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2017 Las Vegas Trade Spotty, Designers and Diamonds Lead

Designers respond to market trends, demand for diamonds better than expected. Plus: Holiday season diamond marketing campaign gets funding boost.

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2017 Vegas Outlook: Decent, But Cautious, Buying

Buyers at the 2017 JCK Show will likely stick to their open-to-buy plans, but take few chances on new lines or extra stock. Plus: An overview of retail sales, auction headlines.

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Pearls, shells, and jewelry on table
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The Lure of American Freshwater Pearls: Revisiting the Latendresse Family

John Latendresse is known as the father of American cultured pearls. He was also a great natural pearl collector and left his family a remarkable natural pearl collection. The Latendresse family is well recognized in the American pearl industry and has long supported GIA pearl research. Come with us to revisit this family and their pearl collection.

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Luxury Firms Adjust to the Era of Diminished Opulence

Baselworld 2017: Luxury jewelry designers rethinking blingy, gem-laden looks for more artistic designs. Pink Star diamond sells for $71 million.

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Innovative cultured necklaces available at Mastoloni’s AGTA booth.
Cultured Pearl Market Update

A report from Tucson on the outlook of the pearl market.

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A view of downtown Hong Kong – with a freeway traveling through it.
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US Retailers Continue to Cite ‘Challenging’ Environment, Synthetic Melee Detected

Economists recognize that the decline in middle class purchasing power is directly affecting some consumer products – including jewelry.

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A scattering of rough diamonds
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De Beers Optimistic as Sales Revive; Luxury Houses Remain Cautious

De Beers has largest cycle (sight) in more than two years. Luxury sales have begun to rise again after a negative year.

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