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There's a reason the American Gem Society is one of the most respected jewelry associations in the world. Only one out of twenty jewelers, designers, appraisers and suppliers in the U.S. and Canada have met the standards for membership.

At the American Gem Society, we stand up for consumers, we stand up for ethical business practices, and we're always looking for new members to stand up with us.

In this short video, American Gem Society members discuss the benefits of AGS membership and why it is valuable to them and their business.

For a firm to become a member, it must meet our list of requirements:

The firm owners, principals, or employees must have completed an accredited or graduate program from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or Gem-A (the Gemmological Association of Great Britain). In addition, they must have completed further studies with the American Gem Society.

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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 operating their business in accordance with the highest ethical standards and that the firm exemplifies this belief.

The firm must have been in the retail, supplier, or independent appraisal business for at least two years and must demonstrate financial stability. 

If you have this level of commitment, knowledge and integrity in your business dealings, consider joining us. Explore the links to the left to learn more about benefits and how to submit an application.

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Mission Statement

The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

American Gem Society

8881 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89117

info@ags.org (866) 805-6500