AGTA NewsFlash 

May 27, 2009



AGTA Changes GemFair Day Pattern for 2010
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced today that it is changing its day pattern for the 2010 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson. The GemFair has traditionally started on Wednesday and closed on Monday. It will now start on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 and close on Sunday, February 7, 2010.

"We have had many requests over the years from exhibitors and buyers alike to move our show dates back one day," stated Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "With the support and cooperation of the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society and the Tucson Convention Center, we were finally able to make it happen."

The AGTA Spectrum Awards Gala is still planned for Saturday night, its traditional night. Other events may or may not change depending on the individual groups involved.

Look for additional news as we get closer to GemFair Tucson.



AGTA GTC Mobile Laboratory in Las Vegas
It's JCK Las Vegas time, and once again the AGTA GTC stands ready to provide outstanding and prompt service both before and during the show.

Services at the JCK Show
The AGTA GTC Mobile Laboratory will be in full swing at the JCK Show - Las Vegas 2009, offering a range of gemological services, including:

  • Identification reports for all kinds of gemstones, including the identification of clarity enhancement fillers
  • Origin reports for ruby, sapphire and emerald
  • Tanzanite grading reports

The AGTA GemFair™ Cultured Pearl & Jewelry Pavilion has special dates and times, opening one day before the main JCK show on Friday, May 29.

GTC Mobile Lab Dates & Hours
Friday, May 29, 2009 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 30 - Monday, June 1, 2009 from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
The AGTA GTC Mobile Laboratory will deliver reports to clients at the show within 1-2 days; services will be available during normal show hours.

Please note that during the show, reports will not be issued at our NY location since many of our staff will be at the show. However, the office will remain open for pick-ups and drop-offs.



Fraud Alert
A woman named Dina Garfinkel (aka Rachel Garfinkel aka Dina Lebovitch) has allegedly been conducting fraudulent business in the jewelry industry for the past three years, which has affected several AGTA Members. AGTA has been in contact with the NYPD and the Jewelers Security Alliance regarding this woman and have the following update. Ms. Garfinkel has been arrested in the State of New York, charged with felony grand theft and is awaiting trial. The AGTA has received a request from the New York Organized Fraud Task Force, who is investigating the case, for any additional information you may have regarding this person.  If you have done business with her, please contact the head of the task force, Sergeant Guginski at 917-418-8690.

Directory Scam
It has come to the attention of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) that an Exhibitors Directory called the Expo Guide has been soliciting our members with a free listing.  Several members have been misled by this organization in the past, so beware of the fine print.

The letter states that corrections to their provided listing of your company can only be done online.  If you fax in the provided listing form with corrections - they often leave the fax number or email address off or with question marks - then you are committing yourself to a full page insertion at $1,571 for three years, as stated in the fine print at the bottom of the page.

Members who have mistakenly faxed in this form in the past have been threatened with legal action for non-payment of this annual fee.