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Professional Affiliations

American Gem Society
American Gem Society (AGS) : Only a small percentage of those who apply for membership in the American Gem Society are awarded membership. In order for a firm to become a member of the American Gem Society they must meet the following criteria:Affiliations

•The firm owners, principals, or employees must have a high level of gemological knowledge. This includes having studied and completed the diamonds course from the GIA.
•The firm must hold a reputation for unquestioned integrity in the business community and must be operated in a way that will enhance the confidence of the public in the jewelry industry.
•The owners and principals must demonstrate that they are genuinely interested in high business ethics and the firm exemplifies this belief.
•The firm must be a retail or supplier jewelry business that has been established for at least two years and has demonstrated financial stability.

In an industry that provides little accreditation, the American Gem Society awards titles declaring members as skilled professionals upon completion of stringent gemological examinations and re-certifications. For you the consumer, this means AGS provides professional and trustworthy retail jewelers. A jeweler, who advertises their AGS membership as Registered Jeweler (RJ), Certified Gemologist (CG), Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA), or Certified Sales Associate (CSA), is separated from their competition as the true and trusted gemologically trained expert. These AGS titles are renewed annually and members are required to uphold the gemological and ethical standards established by AGS.
American Gem Trade Association
American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is an association of North American trade professionals dedicated to promoting the long term stability and integrity of the natural colored gemstone, pearl, and cultured pearl industry. The association pursues its goals through the combined use of educational programs, publicity, industry events, government and industry relations, and printed materials for both the trade and consumer. The AGTA is well known in the gem and jewelry industries for maintaining the highest ethical standards. A member of AGTA abides by AGTA's Code of Ethics that is of a higher standard than required by the Federal Trade Commission's Guides for the Jewelry Industry on disclosing colored gemstone enhancements. Working with an AGTA Member is like having a gemstone consultant at your fingertips.Affiliations

The AGTA Gemological Testing Center (AGTA GTC) is the natural colored gemstone industry's premier independent laboratory. The AGTA GTC serves the industry and the public with a complete range of services, including gemstone identification, origin determination and pearl identification. The laboratory is equipped with the latest, technologically advanced, investigative equipment.

The AGTA sponsors some of the most important annual events in the gem and jewelry industry:

The annual AGTA GemFair in Tucson, Arizona is arguably the most important gemstone tradeshow in the world. Fostering the promotion and sale of natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls, AGTA GemFair features an unrivaled array of gem materials as well as an extensive lineup of educational seminars and events. AGTA GemFair attracts gemstone buyers from all corners of the world.

The AGTA Spectrum Awards competition is an annual natural colored gemstone jewelry design competition recognizing the creative use of natural colored gemstones in jewelry designs done by North American and international designers. Cutting Edge Awards is a competition that both acknowledges and celebrates lapidary artistry. Annually, the competition does a great deal to promote the beauty and diversity of natural colored gemstones and to honor the skill of the lapidary artist.
The Independent Jewelers Organization
AffiliationsThe Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) Independent Jewelers Organization consists of over 850 independent jewelers throughout the United States and Canada. It is the world's largest jewelry buying group. Being a member of IJO enables their jewelers to buy better and pass the savings on to the consumer. And the fact that IJO Jewelers are active members of their communities means they strive to offer an unsurpassed level of service.

Starting in 1972, the Independent Jewelers Organization has become the largest buying group in the world. From its' modest beginnings with 52 members, the company has grown to over 850 members worldwide IJO's purchasing clout enables us to negotiate the best prices from more than 150 top suppliers in the industry. These savings are passed on to you. The Independent Jewelers Organization offers you the opportunity to buy confidence from a local jeweler behind the dot.com who will design, create, manufacture and stand behind the jewelry of your dreams, as well as offer the very best prices.

"Independent" means we are long term residents of the community, involved in local issues, charities and events. They are not chain stores operated from offices outside the community. IJO Members consistently meet the high standards of excellence, service and integrity required by the Independent Jewelers Organization. IJO prides itself as an organization focused on continuing education for its members in both Gemology and industry trends, which promotes consumer protection for you. IJO members also offer you a host of exclusive services. Just take a look at the exciting designs in the Own a Masterpiece Collection or revel in the brilliance of the Spirit of Flanders Diamond, both of which are exclusive to IJO members in the United States.
Jewelers of America
AffiliationsJewelers of America (JA) is the largest trade organization for retail jewelers, with more than 10,000 members nationwide. All JA members annually make an ethics commitment and have access to the best and most current education programs. Jewelers of America is a national association for the retail jeweler. JA is both a center of knowledge for the jeweler and an advocate for professionalism and high social, ethical and environmental standards in the jewelry trade. The JA mission is to assist all members in improving their business skills and profitability. JA will provide access to meaningful educational programs and services, leadership in public and industry affairs, and encourage members with common interests to act in their and the industry's best interests.
Jewelers Vigilance Committee
AffiliationsJewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) is a not-for-profit trade association whose mission is to maintain the jewelry industry's highest ethical standards. Since we opened our doors in 1912, we have served as a resource for both trade and consumers. To the trade, Jewelers Vigilance Committee offers compliance expertise, precious metals testing, arbitration/mediation services and legal handbooks for various industry segments, among many other services. For consumers, Jewelers Vigilance Committee serves as a information bank, answering questions or inquiries about the industry or jewelry in general. For both, Jewelers Vigilance Committee mediates legal complaints, saving all parties costly legal fees and negative publicity associated with public court cases.
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