AGTA NewsFlash 

June 2007


AGTA's Hucker Resigns
The Board of Directors of the American Gem Trade Association announced June 13 that they have accepted the resignation of Douglas K. Hucker as CEO of the Association. Mr. Hucker will continue to work for the Association in an advisory capacity for the next six months.

Douglas K. Hucker was a former Board member and has served as the Association's Chief Executive Officer for the past ten years. The Board of Directors expressed their profound appreciation for Mr. Hucker's service over the past decade and for the role he has played in growing the stature and influence of the AGTA and in helping elected Board members firmly establish the AGTA as the most respected voice of the colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry.

AGTA President Rick Krementz said, "Our Association and our industry has benefited immeasurably by Doug's service in many capacities. He will continue to be part of our family and our community." Hucker will be honored with the AGTA Lifetime Membership Award at the 2008 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Dinner Dance and Awards Gala.

"There has, perhaps, never been a period of time in our industry where there is such excitement and enthusiasm about colored gemstones and cultured pearls," says Hucker. "While I truly look forward to pursuing many opportunities on the 'outside,' I feel I will always be a part of the AGTA, and it a part of me. I am enormously proud of the work our many Board members and staff have accomplished during my tenure, chief among them being the continued growth of the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson as the most important marketplace for gemstones in the world, the opening of our AGTA Gemological Testing Center and the recent launch of AGTA's new brand as 'The Authority in Color.'"

Mr. Krementz has appointed a Search Committee to consider candidates for this position. The Chairman of the Committee is Omi Nagpal, Omi Gems. Other members are Barbara Lawrence, Boston Gems and Findings, Inc.; Kambiz Sabouri, Gem 2000, Inc.; Joe Orlando, Stuller, Inc. and Sampat Poddar, Byrex Gems, Inc.

The Committee is compiling a new job description to incorporate the existing challenges and opportunities the officer should expect to manage in this dynamic environment.

Omi Nagpal said, "We are excited about the new vision and brand that our Board of Directors has adopted. We expect our search to define the individual who can understand the complexities of our Association and the dynamic growth that is anticipated." Interested persons may inquire by contacting Omi Nagpal at

Ed Griffin, AGTA Chief Operating Officer, will be the primary contact person for AGTA until a new CEO is announced.



The Authority in Color™-Delivered to Your Door!
As many of you are aware, the AGTA launched its new look during AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas. Combining vivid colors with a strong look and feel, the materials were well received by the show’s attendees.

During the week of July 2, you will receive a packet in the mail representing the new elements. Your folder will contain a Member certificate, a Member window cling, Member handbook, Prism, AGTA Corporate Identity brochure, AGTA GTC brochure and a new consumer brochure: A Guide to Colored Gemstones. Included will also be a CD containing the newly-created logos and tag lines for the branded look. We encourage you to use these logos on your advertisements and website, proudly displaying your affiliation with the foremost colored gemstone and cultured pearl Association-AGTA.


GemFair Tucson to Add 12 Additional Booths to GemHall I
At the annual Membership Meeting during GemFair Tucson, we announced that we will be adding 12 additional booths to the GemHall floor. Four booths will be built in each of the food concession areas. We will soon begin the process of offering GemFair Tucson Firm exhibitors the opportunity to select a new location from available booths. The process will review seniority points and request date.


Firm Members, if you are interested in relocating your booth, please send a written request by fax, to 214-742-7334 or email to



JA New York Summer Show Opportunity
Give your company an important address July 29-August 1, 2007, by exhibiting with fellow AGTA Members in the JA New York Summer Show. The JA New York Summer Show is sponsored by the largest retail association, Jewelers of America. The show’s location is home to the majority of US based jewelry industry manufactures, retailers and diamond dealers.

Colored gemstones are an important segment of the market which attendees are looking to source at the JA New York Summer Show.

The show booth package includes a hard wall booth shell, carpeting and company sign for a secure and professional look. The investment starts at:

3mx3m non-corner booth: $4,650.00
3mx3m corner booth: $4,900.00

Contact the AGTA office now and ask for Mary Lou or Patti at 800-972-1162.


Cutting Edge

2008 AGTA Spectrum Awards™
One of AGTA's biggest contributions in the promotion of color has come from its AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and Cutting Edge Awards competitions. Spectrum recognizes the innovative use of gemstones and cultured pearls in finished fine jewelry design. Cutting Edge honors creativity in lapidary arts, including faceted gems and pearls, carvings and objects of art.

Don't miss the opportunity to compete. All AGTA Members are urged to participate. Start now to be ahead of the September 25, 2007, entry deadline!
AGTA Spectrum Awards™ categories include
Bridal Wear
Day Wear
Evening Wear
Men's Wear
Fashion Forward Honors
Manufacturing Honors

Cutting Edge Awards categories include
A) Open Category
        1. Classic gemstones
        2. All other faceted gemstones
        3. Phenomenal gemstones
B) Pairs & Suites
C) Faceting
D) Carving
E) Combination
F) Objects of Art


New for This Year!
All entries will be photographed and posted on All entrants will also be offered the availability to add a link to the designer's website. Please note an additional charge does apply.

Any jewelry produced after October 2006, and not previously entered into an AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition, may be entered. Entries must be finished pieces; no drawings will be accepted.

Deadline for entry is September 25, 2007.

New York City Drop-Off Program
Any entrant can hand-deliver his or her competition pieces in person on Tuesday, October 9, 2007, between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the AGTA GTC located at 18 East 48th Street, Suite 502, New York, NY 10017. Entry forms and payment must be submitted to the AGTA's Dallas office by September 25, 2007. Please note, if you utilize the New York Drop-Off Program, you will also be required to pick it up at this location. Date to follow, no exceptions will be made.

Spectrum Award winners will be selected by a panel of esteemed industry professionals including a designer, manufacturer, retailer, lapidary and an editor. Entries are judged on criteria which includes overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, broad-base consumer appeal and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls. Judging will occur during the month of October.

For further information about the AGTA Spectrum Awards™, contact To download a Spectrum Awards entry form, please visit


AGTA Debuting New Birthstone Poster
The AGTA introduced the new Birthstone poster at the JCK Show. The poster beautifully displays 15 of the more traditional birthstone gemstones:

January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Fancy Colored Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Pearl
July – Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire
October – Tourmaline, Opal
November – Citrine, Topaz
December – Zircon, Tanzanite


The poster is an excellent way to promote color in your store. It also complements the new Birthstone GemCard Collection.

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Birthstone GemCard Collection
Each card has information on the back to include history, romantic elements and lore, gemological facts, durability of the gemstone and care information. These will be beneficial for the retailers to use as an educational sales tool for their sales staff, and these would be an ideal take-away for any consumer.

AGTA offers attractive and informative items specifically designed for creating a professional image and building stronger colored gemstone sales. Our marketing products are available for purchase by telephone at 800-972-1162 or online at Don’t forget AGTA Members receive preferred pricing on all marketing products.


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Summer Trends That Pop and Blend
The fashions this season are as hot as summer itself. Neutral earth tones are dominating the runways with visions of creamy ecrus, sweltering slates, mossy greens and tempting sepias. While the spring accessories displayed bold, contrasting colors to accentuate the achromatic ensemble, summer flaunts a cooler feel using complementary hues to further enrich the accolades of the environment.

During AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas, it was obvious that several exhibitors were doing their homework. Showcases flourished with rock crystal quartz, moonstone, rutilated quartz, smoky topaz, chalcedony and prasiolite. These popular gems aligned perfectly with savvy buyers keeping up with the trends.

Jewelers should take note that these demure, icy gemstones will catch glances when found in oversized rings, chunky bangles or long, sectioned necklaces. In yellow, white or the ever-blooming rose gold, you're sure to find homes for these sought-after styles.