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September 2007

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AGTA GemFair™ Tucson—The Best Venue to Buy Color
AGTA GemFair™ Tucson is the world's most complete colored gemstone and cultured pearl event. The AGTA understands you are looking for fresh, innovative strategies to create opportunities for profit and growth in your business. Join us and see why AGTA GemFair™ Tucson is, without question, the best venue to buy the colored gemstones, cultured pearls and jewelry. Make this your one-stop venue for estate jewelry colored diamonds and tools and equipment.

AGTA GemFair Tucson offers you first-rate exhibitors. These exhibitors are members of the AGTA – an Association dedicated to maintaining the highest ethical standards among its Members and within the industry.

Exhibitors:

Natural Colored Gemstone and Cultured Pearl Suppliers
Discover new finds and old favorites amid an incredible selection of natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls.

Designer Jewelry
The AGTA Spectrum of Design Jewelry Pavilion is home to the most creative and talented designers in North America. If you are looking for the hottest new trends from top designers and manufacturers, make sure you visit this pavilion.

Estate Jewelry
This special Estate Jewelry Pavilion offers the perfect venue to find the one-of-a-kind and hard-to-find colored gemstone and cultured pearl antique jewelry your customers want.

Tools and Equipment Pavilion
Here you will find a comprehensive selection of equipment, software, jewelry display merchandise, packaging and accessories.

Colored Diamond Pavilion
Whatever your fancy, you will find a vast selection of quality merchandise here.

Colored Gemstone Jewelry Manufacturers
AGTA manufacturers offer a wide variety of stylish, valuable gemstone and cultured pearl jewelry.

Industry-Related Service and Supply Companies
All the components you need to sell color in one convenient place.

Educational Seminars:
GemFair offers exceptional educational seminars designed to help industry professionals looking for new and innovative strategies create opportunities for profit and growth in their businesses. The seminar schedule will be posted the first week of October on www.agta.org.

AGTA GTC Mobile Laboratory:
The AGTA GTC will have their mobile laboratory onsite offering a range of gemological services. Gemstone Identification Reports for all kinds of gemstones, including the identification of clarity enhancement fillers and country-of-origin reports for ruby, sapphire and emerald will be available.

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AGTA GemFair™ Tucson—Special Events
Monday, February 4, 2008, AGTA Coyote Classic Charity Golf Tournament:
A great day of golf and camaraderie awaits you while supporting a great cause – Special Olympics. The tournament entry fee is $150 per person. Registration includes a round of golf, cart, breakfast, lunch, beverages, golf related gifts and assorted prizes.


Saturday, February 9, 2008, AGTA Dinner Dance and Awards Gala:
This ever-popular event sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance is open to all attendees and exhibitors and promises to be the best yet. An evening of fine dining, live entertainment and fun awaits you. Back by popular demand, Diamond Council of America is sponsoring the return of RCA recording artist Andy Childs. Tickets are $100 per person and cocktail attire is encouraged.

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AGTA GemFair™ Tucson—Travel
A6 Consultants LLC, the official travel agency for the 2008 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson show, 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 all budgetary considerations.

2008 AGTA GEMFAIR™ TUCSON PREFERRED HOTELS:
Best Western Inn Suites Tucson
6201 N. Oracle Rd.
$129-$149
 
Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites
1015 N. Stone Ave.
$169-$209
 
Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon
7007 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
$159-$169
 
Courtyard by Marriott Tucson Airport
2505 E. Executive Dr.
$186
 
Courtyard by Marriott Williams Centre
201 S. Williams Blvd.
$186
 
DoubleTree Hotel at Reid Park
445 S. Alvernon Way
SOLD OUT
 
Embassy Suites Tucson Paloma Village
6350 North Campbell Ave.
$229
 
Esplendor Rio Rico Resort
1069 Camino Caralampi (Rio Rico)
$149-$199
 
Four Points Sheraton
1900 E. Speedway Blvd.
$199
 
Hotel Arizona
181 W. Broadway Blvd.
$219
 
Hyatt Place Tucson Airport (formerly AmeriSuites)
6885 S. Tucson Blvd.
$209
 
La Quinta Tucson Airport
7001 S. Tucson Blvd.
$135
 
La Quinta Tucson East
6404 E. Broadway Blvd.
$121
 
Marriott University Park Tucson
880 E. Second St.
SOLD OUT
 
Radisson Suites Tucson
6555 E. Speedway Blvd.
SOLD OUT
 
Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites
5151 E. Grant Rd.
$219
 
Viscount Suites Hotel
4855 E. Broadway Blvd.
$195
 
Wyndham Canoa Ranch Resort
5775 S. Camino del Sol (Green Valley)
$179


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. Please note: GemHall II and the Spectrum of Design Pavilions close on Sunday, February 10 at 6:00 pm.

The show is just around the corner, so make your travel arrangements now! Please contact A6 Consultants 877-624-7225 | 520-624-7225 (for those outside the US).

Most 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.

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Enjoy the Color of Money from The Authority in Color
AGTA is proud to announce the AGTA Member-Get-A-Member Program!

As an AGTA Member, you receive your choice of $50 cash or $100 value in AGTA products and services when you supply the AGTA with a new Member!


Introduce your industry friends to the Association that already serves you with the knowledge to help you build a thriving colored gemstone business while promoting your product. It pays to be a Member of a reputable, growing Association!

There is no limit to the number of members one company may supply.

Offer for a limited time only. Restrictions may apply. AGTA reserves the right to review on case-by-case basis.

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2008 AGTA Spectrum Awards™
Don’t miss the opportunity to compete in the most respected and prestigious design competition in the industry. All AGTA Members are urged to participate.

The AGTA will offer New York City area residents the option to hand-deliver Spectrum and Cutting Edge entries in New York. Submissions may be dropped off in person at the AGTA Gemological Testing Center (GTC) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Deliveries must be made in person at the AGTA GTC located at 18 East 48th Street, Suite 502, New York, NY 10017. Entry forms and payments are due to the AGTA in Dallas by September 25, 2007, in order to be eligible to drop off entries on October 9. If you would like to participate in this program, you must also pick up your entry(s) on Tuesday, October 16 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. No exceptions will be made.


New this year - all entries submitted into the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition will be photographed and featured on the Association’s website: www.agta.org. 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. All entrants who do not want to be featured on the website may decline the opportunity.

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.

Any jewelry produced after October 2006, and not previously entered into an AGTA competition, may be entered. Entries must be finished pieces; no drawings will be accepted. Entry forms can be found online at www.agta.org.

For additional information regarding rules and conditions, dates, judging and eligibility, please contact Joyann Cooke at 800-972-1162 or visit www.agta.org.

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Fall Must-Haves
Bold colors and big jewels are inspiring the best looks of the season. Do you know the hottest colors for Fall? You should – these trends denote the colors of gemstones your customers will want to buy this season!

Blues
Various shades of blue have already made an impact on the runways of New York's Fashion Week. From soft periwinkle hues to defiant cobalt, any version of this primary color is a must-have. Load up on sapphires, iolites, turquoise and the like to satisfy and make sales.

Juliana Scarpa for Rosa Cha

Purples
A favorite from head to toe this year, regal purple reigns from rich amethyst to perfect plum. Stock heavily in amethyst, tanzanite, purple sapphire and lavender jade to ensure you are ready for fashionistas looking to keep in tune with the times.

Pinks
Everyone is Fall-ing for pink this year! Faint to flashy, pink is the staple for every stylish woman’s wardrobe. What an assortment of gems to have! Kunzite, morganite, rose quartz, pink sapphire, rubellite, rhodolite and more! For a super-chic presentation, set these and others in rose gold.

For day or night, nothing adds glamour better than bold sparkling jewels. Fashion is providing the perfect palette this year to sell color. The neutral clothes allow for bold, distinct colors for jewelry and other accessories. Encourage this message with your customers and help them add more color to their lives!

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