A Sustaining Firm is not in the business of primarily selling gems or gem set jewelry. These members are not required to have a titleholder on staff. Examples of firms that qualify as Sustaining Firms are insurance companies, display companies, museums, watch companies, and industry support groups.
- The firm must have been in business for at least two full years or one full year if the owner is an affiliate member of the American Gem Society in good standing; and
- The firm must be open fifty two (52) weeks per year or consistent with local business customs.
- The prospective member must have three (3) letters of recommendation from AGS retail members with whom they do business;
- The prospective member must submit to the Membership Committee a letter stating the specific reasons for wishing to joing the AGS. This letter must include the following topics:
The prospective member's business policies; how the applicant plans to contribute to the AGS in his/her capacity as a Sustaining Firm member; and the benefits which the prospective firm member expects to receive as a result of AGS membership.
Sustaining firms must have one person complete the AGS Way course (ideally the firm principal) and successfully complete a 50-question final exam to cover important details of the society. Course pricing is subject to change annually when budgets are determined.
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