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Nov. 5, 2008
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Paraiba Lawsuit Dismissed
from AGTA
On October 27, 2008 the Hon. Ronald M. Whyte, Judge of the United states District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed with prejudice the wrongful lawsuit filed by Paraiba.Com, Inc. and its owner David Sherman against the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), 18 of its randomly targeted volunteer directors, and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). More

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AGTA GTC Laboratory Update: Red Spinel
from AGTA
In their latest October Newsletter, SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute describes the recent occurrence of flux-grown synthetic red spinel, probably due to the popularity of natural red spinel. Traditional gemological methods cannot be used to distinguish flux-grown synthetic spinel from natural spinel as the RI and SG are the same and the spectrum in the spectroscope looks the same. More

Itís Official: Purple the It Color for Fall
from The Chicago Sun-Times
Purple is the new black. Well, not quite. I mean, will anything ever be the new black? But purple is this season's welcome addition to our beloved black. "What I'm finding is that for women who wear black a lot, and they're not a big color type of person, purple is becoming a wonderful addition to their wardrobe. It can bounce off of black, be used as a layering piece, a shawl," says Jackie Walker, a doctor of Closetology ("a search for self-esteem in your closet"). You can't walk a city block without spotting a purple dress or sweater in a store window. But if new duds aren't in your budget right now, Walker suggests adding some "newness" to your closet by picking up some purple accessories. "Go to the accessories department and pick up purple: a shawl, a handbag, a pair of shoes, necklace, beautiful-colored stones on a black piece." More

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Diamond Empowerment Fund Hosts Fundraisers
from Diamond Intelligence
The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF), an international non-profit organization co-founded by hip-hop icon Russell Simmons and diamond and jewelry industry leaders, is organizing a fundraising party called Diamonds Give 2008: The Greenhouse Benefit Event and currently holding a benefit auction called the On-line Auction on Charity Buzz. These two events are to raise money for the organization's education initiatives in Africa that develop and empower economically disadvantaged people in diamond-rich countries, specifically South Africa and Botswana. This year's Greenhouse Benefit Event party, hosted by Simmons and magician David Blaine, will take place on November 19, 2008, in Manhattan, where general admission donations start at $250 per person or $400 per couple. The party's organizers are expecting 450 guests. More

Theron Settles Endorsement Suit
from The New York Daily News
Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has settled a $20 million suit that accused her of two-timing a fancy watch company. Terms of the settlement in the legal bling battle pitting the "Monster" star against Swiss timekeeper Raymond Weil were not disclosed. Papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court reveal the suit will be tossed once it is finalized within 30 days. Neither Theron nor representatives of the watch company could be reached Monday for comment. More

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Plaid and Paisley Rule Fall Trends
from Poughkeepise Journal
Plaids, paisleys and tweeds are such go-to looks for fall that they are shorthand for cooler weather. But don't write them off as boring just because they're classic. Think of these rich, textured fabrics and prints as you would a popular silhouette, such as a sheath or pencil skirt, advises Gretta Monahan, co-host on "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style." More

Rare Blue Diamond to Sell at Christieís London
from Jewelry Insider
Democrats arenít the only ones with a penchant for blue these days. Christieís London is putting an historic blue diamond on the auction block on December 10th, and the little beauty is expected to fetch a whopping $15 million. The 17th century gem weighs in at 35.56 carats and is known to collectors as the Wittelsbach diamond. The stone was originally given to Infanta Margarita Teresa by her father King Philip IV of Spain. More




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