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March 11, 2022

The Birthstone of March: Aquamarine!

March has historically been an unusual month. This is a transitional time, from winter blues to summer blues. It’s also a windy month, and the weather can be fickle as one day is cold and the next warm. It’s supposed to be the first month of spring, but it can feel like the last month of winter. Even literature views it as a conflicted month. Shakespeare warned Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March” in his eponymous play, “Julius Caesar.” Despite the ups and downs of this month, one element remains bright, shining, and beautiful: the March birthstone, aquamarine. A

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CGA Clinic: A Session for Appraisers

When: During Conclave, Tuesday, April 26, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Where: Mistletoe Ballroom, Omni Oklahoma City, OK Join Laura Stanley, CGA Instructor, and Joel Hassler, ICGA and CGA Instructor, for a discussion on the topics that have come up throughout the year for appraisers both on and off the Appraisal Forum. Discuss your challenges and learn solutions at this highly-anticipated Conclave session. This year, they will have a conversation about pricing, appraisal software systems, continuing education opportunities, and appraisal resources. We will also have time for some Q&A/open discussion, so bring your best questions or obstacles you’ve been facing, and we

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The CGA Program: Take the Next Step in Your Career

Did you know you can work towards earning your Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA) title at Conclave? The CGA title is the most highly regarded among peers in the jewelry industry. The CGA Program is a great educational start to ensure you’re meeting the Professional Practices and training required to write AGS-compliant appraisals. Elevate your professionalism and stand out from the competition! Here’s a glance at the day-and-a-half program at Conclave: April 24: First half of the day is the Appraisals I lecture. The second half is the practical appraisal of jewelry items. April 25: Begins with the Appraisals II lecture

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Nine Conclave Sessions of Note

Conclave’s educational sessions cover a diverse range of topics that will help you level up your training and increase your professional knowledge. Here are nine sessions of note to add to your Conclave 2022 schedule. Monday, April 25, 2022 The Critical Importance of Brand Messaging Strategy / 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. CT Tammy Cohen, TC Brand Consulting The importance of brand messaging is paramount when building a brand. It has been lost on most people in business and this is because the term “branding” has been muddied and morphed into another realm that revolves around the question, “How much for a

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Things to Do in OKC

We’re hearing good things about the renaissance that Oklahoma City, OK has undergone, and the rich activities this beautiful city offers. So, we reached out to a member of the AGS International Board of Directors, Mitchell Clark, CG, and asked him and his team at BC Clark Jewelers in OKC for their advice on where to go and what to do. They gave us an extensive list with a short review of each! Events Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon – April 24 The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is a Boston qualifying USATF sanctioned event on a certified 26.2-mile single-loop course. It’s

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Your Safety is Our Priority

The countdown to Conclave is underway. It will be great to see the AGS community take over Oklahoma City! Your health and safety are a top priority for us throughout the event and during your stay at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel. To support a safe and comfortable experience, we have implemented policies and guidelines. Please click the button below to review the COVID-19 Protocols and for more information about what you can expect at Conclave. Safety Protocols We will continue to monitor guidelines from public health authorities and government agencies going forward and will make appropriate adjustments in the

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