May 2010 – EBay’s Wide Open (Cyber) Spaces

-Contributing Editor: David Federman

A U.S. Federal Appeals Court has ruled that eBay American has no legal obligation to ensure brand authenticity of the Tiffany products listed on it. Continue reading

May 2010 – Gems TV Holdings Limited’s Last Breath?

-Lisa Brooks-Pike

Since our update on ICA member GemsTV and AGTA member JTV in the last newsletter, there have been a slew of announcements regarding the status of Gems TV and the Termsheet Agreement with MMCG (JTV). Continue reading

Apr. 2010 – Why I Am Not Going To The GIA’S Feldspar Conference (Sinkankas Symposium)

Editorial By David Federman

How I would like to blame my decision not to attend the GIA’s feldspar conference this weekend on financial hardship.

But that would be an excuse–not a reason.

And making excuses would be just one or two degrees shy of lying. I’m too old to lie or rationalize or give doctor’s notes. Continue reading

Apr. 2010 – GemsTV Off the Air

Less than a month after a press release announcing “Gems TV to close US operations to end operational cash drain”, GemsTV Holdings Limited has further announced “Gems USA has on 5 April 2010 (US time) filed for US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection”. Continue reading

Mar. 2010 – No More GemsTV

The headline of their press release reads: “GEMS TV TO END OPERATIONAL CASH BURN IN USA, PLANS TO ACQUIRE 37.8% STAKE IN LEADING TELEVISION AND INTERNET JEWELRY RETAILER IN USA”. Continue reading

Mar. 2010 – Composite Ruby – What You Should Know

-Lisa Brooks-Pike

Christopher P. Smith of American Gemological Laboratories has done extensive research regarding this somewhat new and very prevalent ruby material seen on the market today. During the GILC conference in Tucson, Smith presented the newest information on what he calls “Composite Ruby”. The JEA was present for this presentation and feel he is the foremost expert in this area. Continue reading

Feb. 2010 – Tucson 2011 Dates & ICA, CIBJO & AGTA Agree

Tucson Gem Show 2011 Dates

Get your walking shoes ready, the dates of the Tucson Gem Show have been announced. Most of the wholesale trade shows are listing 2011 show dates as: Tuesday, February 1, through Sunday, February 6. More to come as announcements are made.


 

ICA, CIBJO and AGTA Agree to Uniform Disclosure

At a meeting in Tucson on Feb. 3, 2010 it was decided that uniform gemstone treatment disclosure codes would be initiated. The ICA and CIBJO will adopt and implement the current AGTA codes, setting a single standard among the three organizations. Continue reading

Jan. 2010 – Still Waiting for Official Notice of Colored Stone’s Demise

-Lisa Brooks-Pike

Remember the old adage, No news is good news? Well, in the case of Colored Stone, the adage should be changed to; No news is bad news. Continue reading