AGTA GemFair announces new dates and times and offers prizes for attendees

This year the American Gem Trade Association will be giving away thousands of dollars and other prizes during Gem Day on Thursday, May 29.

The AGTA GemFair Cultured Pearl & Jewelry Pavilion has new dates and times. The AGTA Pavilion is open Thursday, May 29 – Monday, June 2, 2003. Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on May 29 and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on May 30-June 2.

The pavilion is located in the Venetian Hotel Grand Ballroom adjacent to the Sand’s Convention Center. Because the AGTA Pavilion opens one day before the JCK Show ~ Las Vegas, AGTA wanted to provide buyers with a little incentive to shop early for the best selection of natural colored gemstones, cultured pearls, and designer jewelry.

GEM DAY will be held Thursday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and festivities include drawings, seminars, a buyer reception, and other events. Highlights include:

· A buyer reception offering complimentary wine, beer and light hors d’oeuvres will be held on Thursday, May 29 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in the AGTA Windows of Color Cafe’.
· Three drawings for prizes, including airfare and hotel stay to JCK ~ Las Vegas 2004 or $2,000 cash.
· A noon lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Post, Ph.D., curator of the National Gem Collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Located in rooms 905/906 at the Sands Expo Center.
· Seminars focusing on color and fashion presented by industry leaders on both Wednesday, May 28 and Thursday, May 29. Located in rooms 905/906 at the Sands Expo Center.

The AGTA will have other events happening throughout the week. AGTA Pavilion highlights include:

· The AGTA Windows of Color Cafe’ will be open in the AGTA Pavilion beginning on Gem Day and will feature delicious food, including Kosher offerings, from the Venetian Hotel.
· A drawing for $1,000 will be awarded on Monday, June 2 in the AGTA Pavilion.
· The AGTA Pavilion opens at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 29 and 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 30th-Monday, June 2, one hour before the main show.

For further information about the AGTA, Gem Day or the AGTA Pavilion, call (800) 972-1162 or visit the AGTA website at www.agta.org.