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June 23, 2022

Confluence 2022: Life is Negotiation

Have you heard the news? Confluence, our virtual, half-day conference, is back and open for registration! Be a part of this exciting and impactful education and networking event on August 22, 2022. You’ll hear from four compelling speakers who are top experts (aka masters) in negotiation. They’ll offer practical advice and tips on key areas of negotiation that you can use at the sales counter, at home, and for daily interactions. Learn about our incredible lineup of speakers here. From 9:00 a.m. PT to 12:45 p.m. PT, Confluence provides you with a wealth of information that you’ll want to use

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Coming Soon: The 2022 Recertification Exam!

There’s an annual educational event coming up for members with an AGS designation or credential. It’s the recertification exam! In July, you’ll receive notification that the exam is open for completion. The exam will feature timely topics presented by thought leaders in the industry. Among them are: Appraising Business Management Gemology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Legal and Compliance Marketing Sales In addition, we will have a dedicated recertification resource page to support you. There you will find helpful documents, FAQs, and tips on promoting your hard-earned credential! Thank you for your commitment to continuing education and for being a

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Contract Renewal Brings New Benefits to AGS Members

By Wells Fargo Retail Services The American Gem Society (AGS) recently extended its consumer financing contract with Wells Fargo for another five years. Wells Fargo will serve as the organization’s preferred financing provider through 2027, offering improved benefits to dealers participating in the American Gem Society credit card program. Volume Rebates As in the past, members offering the American Gem Society credit card program have the opportunity to earn a volume rebate each calendar quarter on their quarterly net charge volume.1 That has already translated into over $95,000 in rebates for 98 AGS members during the first quarter of 2022.

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Sustaining Firm Spotlight: The Edge

The EDGE is celebrating a milestone this year. For 20 years, they’ve helped independent retail jewelers outperform their competition and grow to their fullest potential. Their solutions emphasize inventory management and customer communication. “We provide independent retail jewelers with the information they need to achieve optimum performance and best practice functionality responses to that information,” says Dick Abbott, president of The Edge. “We provide the whole tool shed to jewelers and offer a wide range of training to help them apply them as designed.” Dick Abbott shares that The Edge began out of necessity. “As the absentee owner of a

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Preparing for Summer Storms Season

Six tips for protecting your jewelry business from water damage and power outages By Jewelers Mutual Group Backyard barbeques, driving with the windows down, and the fresh warm breeze aren’t the only things that arrive along with the summer season. Also on that list are seasonal storms that can wreak havoc on your property. Imagine walking into your jewelry business the morning after a storm only to find that your roof leaked or your building experienced flooding. Your walls and artwork are damaged, the floor is soaked, and your computer and printer are covered with water. Not to mention the

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