AGTA NewsFlash 

August 2007


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Irradiated Gemstones, NRC, Blue Topaz
The American Gem Trade Association has a responsibility and an obligation to keep Members informed about the critical issues of the day regarding matters affecting your businesses. The issue of blue topaz irradiation is a big issue with varying degrees of impact on our members.

No one, that is no one, is in a position to advise our Members about what to do with current or already ordered inventories of blue topaz. This is a judgment call that must be made by individuals, themselves, who weigh and measure all of the information available. A number of large and small retailers have removed blue topaz from their shelves. Others continue to sell blue topaz to their customers.

The role of AGTA is to provide our Members credible information that can assist you in the evaluations of what to do. We also take seriously our advocacy role in assisting both government regulators and legislators to understand the interests and needs of our Members in the conduct of their businesses. In so doing we want to offer the following information for your edification and use.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to promulgate additional and/or clarifying rules after gathering input and comments from the jewelry industry. Those new rules are anticipated no earlier than September, in order not to dilute Holiday sales, and certainly by January. AGTA will provide more definitive information to members as soon as the new regulations are published by the NRC.

For those wishing to start with the basics, please go to On the home page, in the top right hand corner, do a Google Search for Information Notice No. 90-62. These are the Requirements For Import and Distribution of the Neutron-Irradiated Gems.

For further information, click here.


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AGTA Source Directory Reminder
"The AGTA Source Directory is the most powerful tool for gaining new business," according to Simon Watt of Mayer & Watt. The Source Directory is the most beneficial resource produced by the Association, and it's FREE! We distribute over 30,000 books and CDs to the gemstone industry and provide both at AGTA GemFair™ Tucson, MJSA Expo New York, AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas, JA New York and AGS Conclave.

By now, your company should have received the information to update your listing regarding company contact information, Member of record and the products and services your company offers. Members also receive FOUR category listings for FREE. Each additional listing is only $50 each. All listings will appear in both the printed and the electronic versions. The information must be returned and signed to the AGTA office by August 31, 2007.

Please note: If you do not return your listing information to AGTA by August 31, the next directory will print the information that AGTA mailed earlier requesting an update.

If you have already turned in your listing - THANKS!

If you have any questions, please contact the AGTA at 800-972-1162 or

Newsline AGTA Exclusive Advertising Opportunities
AGTA Members receive exclusive advertising opportunities in the AGTA Source Directory. Advertising in both the printed and the electronic versions of the Source Directory are excellent ways to attract more attention to your company and the products/services you offer. Printed ads will be featured between the Member sections in the following order:

Wholesale Natural Gemstone and Cultured Pearl Suppliers, Associated Industry Professionals, Colored Diamond Suppliers, Estate Jewelers, Manufacturers, Retailers, Students, Natural Gemstones & Cultured Pearls and Special Services and Products.

Prices are as follows:

14th Edition AGTA Printed Source Directory:
Full page: $3,600
2-page spread: $6,700
Inside Back cover: SOLD JCK
Inside front cover: SOLD IGI
Back cover: $15,500

The AGTA is excited to offer new advertising opportunities in the Source Directory. For the first time ever, we will be offering half page ad opportunities. You supply the required elements and we will develop the ads based on a set template. The AGTA is also offering Directory Listing Logos. Have your company name stand out in color. Prices are as follows:

Half Page Ad:
Click here to see details.

Listing Logo: $300

If you are looking for extra value, check out the new advertising bundles:

Source Directory Bundle: $4,000
Source Directory Full Page Ad
Source Directory Thank You Page on
Electronic Source Directory 1/4 Column Ad
Electronic Source Directory Web and Email Link
2008 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Show and Source Directory Bundle: $5,000
2008 AGTA GemFair Tucson Show Directory Full Page Ad
Source Directory Full page Ad
Source Directory Listing Logo
Source Directory Thank You Page on
Electronic Source Directory 1/4 Column Ad
Electronic Source Directory Web and Email Link

Spotlight your business with an ad in the Electronic Source Directory. Directory ads are product and show-based and drive users to your website directly from your ad. There is an array of ad styles and positions.

2008 AGTA Electronic Source Directory:
Web Link: $60
Email Link: $60
Web and Email Link: $100
1/4 Column Ad appears with listing: $180
1/2 Column Ad appears with listing: $300
Search Page Ad (3 available): $800
Click here for more details.  

Electronic Source Directory Back Cover: $5,000

Space Reservation Deadline: October 19, 2007
Materials and Payments Due: November 11, 2007

We look forward to seeing your ad in the Source Directory!

Please call or email at 800-972-1162/214-742-4367 or


Special 2-for-1 Offer on Origin Reports
The American Gem Trade Association Gemological Testing Center is offering clients a special offer from August 27 to September 7, 2007. Any ruby, sapphire or emerald submitted for an Origin Report during that period will be given a free ID Report for a gem of the same size or smaller submitted at the same time. Yes, you heard right, one paid Origin Report earns a free ID Report on a second gem.

This offer will be valid from Monday, August 27 through Friday, September 7, 2007. Start getting your gems ready now!

For more information, pleases contact the AGTA GTC at 212-752-1717 or

GemFair Tucson

AGTA GemFair™ Tucson
Make Your Reservations Now for AGTA GemFair™ Tucson
Now is the time to book your travel and take advantage of exclusive rates.
To make your travel arrangements, please contact the official travel agency for the 2008 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson show A6 Consultants at 877-624-7225 /520-624-7225 (for those outside the US).

The 2008 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson takes place February 6-11, 2008. Hours are 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, February 6-10, and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on February 11.

A6 Consultants LLC has made special arrangements with many of Tucson's hotels and car rental agencies to offer AGTA GemFair™ Tucson participants prices below regular rates. These are some of the best hotel rates in Tucson, Arizona! The AGTA Preferred Hotels were carefully chosen to represent high standards of quality, as well as a range of facilities for budgetary considerations. Click here for the 2008 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Preferred Hotels.

AGTA Preferred Hotels are served by free shuttle service to and from the AGTA GemFair™ at the Tucson Convention Center. Service begins at 6:30 am – 11:00 am and resumes at 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Schedules will be posted in the lobby of each AGTA Preferred Hotel during the show.

Travel is getting easier to Tucson…hooray!

Non-stop Service Airlines to Tucson, Arizona:
Albuquerque (ABQ) Southwest Airlines
Atlanta (ATL) Delta Air Lines
Austin (AUS) ExpressJet
Chicago (MDW) Southwest Airlines
Chicago (ORD) American Airlines
Dallas (DFW) American Airlines
Denver (DEN) Frontier, United
Hermosillo, Mexico (HMO) AeroMexico
Houston (IAH) Continental Airlines
Kansas City (MCI) ExpressJet
Las Vegas (LAS) Southwest, US Airways
Los Angeles (LAX) United, Southwest
Minneapolis/St.Paul (MSP) Northwest Airlines
Newark (EWR) Continental Airlines
New York (JFK) JetBlue
Oakland (OAK) - begins 11/4 Southwest Airlines
Ontario, CA (ONT) ExpressJet
Phoenix (PHX) US Airways, United
Sacramento (SMF) ExpressJet
Salt Lake City (SLC) Delta Air Lines
San Antonio (SAT) ExpressJet
San Diego (SAN) Southwest Airlines
San Francisco (SFO) United Airlines
Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) Alaska Airlines
Washington DC (IAD) (seasonal) United Airlines

GemFair Tucson

Contact the A6 Consultants at 877-624-7225/520-624-7225 (for those outside the US) today to make your travel arrangements.


Promote Your Membership
By properly identifying yourself as an AGTA member, your customer gains a greater level of confidence knowing that you uphold the highest standards and ethics by belonging to the AGTA.

Members may advertise their membership by utilizing the AGTA Member logo and the Add More Color To Your Life logo. Both logos are available in black and white and color. Place the AGTA Member logo on your website, advertisements, direct mail and customer correspondence.

AGTA also provides a window cling and Membership certificate to proudly promote your AGTA Membership.

Simply email to request the logos and begin using them.

Don't forget to include links from your website to and



AGTA Spectrum Awards™
Participating in the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and Cutting Edge competition is a great way for Members and the Association to work together to achieve the same common goal: promoting colored gemstones and cultured pearls. In fact, this event is an integral part of reaching that goal through the consumer and trade exposure generated by the caliber of entries submitted. It's certainly a win-win situation for Members who contribute.

Entries are now being accepted in the Dallas office through September 25, 2007, and Members are encouraged to submit their favorite designs!

All entries submitted into the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition will be photographed and featured on Entrants will also be given the opportunity to add a link to their website from the posted image. This is the first time the AGTA has featured the entire collection on their website! For those entrants not interested in having their work displayed, they will be allowed to opt out.

All entries submitted will be displayed for a media event where magazine editors, fashion stylists, producers and costume designers will be in attendance. This is a great opportunity for all designers – aspiring and acclaimed – to take advantage of what entering the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ can offer.

Take a moment to consider participating in the 2008 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition.

For additional information regarding rules and conditions, dates, judging and eligibility, please contact Joyann Cooke at or download an entry form from