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June 30, 2022

Community News: Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California Announces 2022 Honorees

The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California and its Board of Directors recently announced the Club’s 2022 honorees. The honorees will be recognized during its 78th Annual Dinner Dance and Gala, which will take place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday, October 1st in the Gold Ballroom. This year’s Excellence in Service honoree is Susan Jacques, President and CEO of the Gemological Institute of America. GIA serves as a strategic partner to the American Gem Society and is the official education sponsor for Conclave, as well as the Presenting Sposnor for Confluence. The Lifetime

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Discover the AGS Laboratories Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report

By Jerrica Harrold, Laboratory Program Development Analyst, AGS Laboratories The Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report was specifically created with the consumer in mind. This report assists the salesperson in explaining the diamond’s characteristics, including growth and diamond type, in addition to the traditional 4Cs. With a sleek design, the report provides educational explanations of how laboratory-grown diamonds are produced and in-depth information about AGS Laboratories’ color and clarity designations. The document is sure to encourage healthy conversation surrounding laboratory-grown diamonds at the retail counter. In addition to the report, AGS Laboratories offers the Only My Diamond® experience for laboratory-grown diamonds. This platform

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Announcement Regarding AGS Laboratories’ Jewelry Grading Services

AGS Laboratories is committed to offering you the best products available while serving our mission of consumer protection. With the holiday season approaching, we’ve made a strategic decision that we wanted to share with you, as it may impact your business. We are suspending our jewelry grading services until further notice to focus on our core business, grading loose diamonds. The last day we will accept jewelry for grading services will be Monday, August 1, 2022. We apologize for any disruption and inconvenience this may cause. We greatly appreciate the support you have given this program and AGS Laboratories. For

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Under the Scope – Cross Polarized Filters as a Clue to Diamond Origin

By Wade Abel, CG, Director of Gemological Services, AGS Laboratories, and Randall Lightfoot, CGA, Gemologist Appraiser, Christopher’s Fine Jewelry Diamond testing is one of the most important steps in the process for a diamond grading lab. The disclosures of treatment and diamond origin (natural or laboratory grown) are required; the ability to accurately report these is paramount. At AGS Laboratories, advanced detection instruments are used for these determinations. Without access to this technology, there may be some ambiguity; however, there are ways to gather clues to a diamond’s origin without advanced instrumentation. One tool that can provide clues to a

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