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Certified Gemologist® | July 2022

The following individual has recently earned the prestigious designation of Certified Gemologist® (CG) by the American Gem Society: Glen Munro, CG Ben Bridge Jeweler #052 Las Vegas, NV

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Confluence Offers Negotiation Tactics, Networking, and GIA Scholarships!

We’re only a few weeks away from our 2nd annual virtual event, Confluence! It’s Monday, August 22, 9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m. PT. You’ll get professional and proven tips and tactics to help sharpen your negotiation skills and the opportunity to connect and collaborate with the AGS community.  Plus, as the presenting sponsor of Confluence, GIA is offering scholarships for up to 25 Confluence attendees! Did we say scholarships? Yes! GIA’s generous scholarship will cover the registration for each individual to attend Confluence. Interested? Click the button below and fill out the brief form. All individuals will be notified if they received

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Community News: Jewelers Mutual Hosts Conversations in Park City

Where can you commune with nature as well as industry movers and shakers? At the first annual Conversations in Park City, the jewelry and gemstone’s leadership retreat, October 14–16, 2022! The three-day immersive experience at the St. Regis Deer Valley resort in Park City, Utah, will gather established and emerging industry leaders and influencers in a retreat environment for networking, education, and unique activities in a fall mountain setting. “We have secured PSFK, a leading voice in retail and consumer experience, to partner with us on event content,” says Mark Smelzer, chief content executive at Jewelers Mutual. “PSFK will be

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An AmaZING Free Resource

Have you registered for your hub on the Zing by Jewelers Mutual® Group Marketplace yet? In addition to exclusive shipping discounts for members, you can now request eligibility for diamond returns before making purchases on the Diamond Marketplace powered by IDEX. Get started at AGS.org/Zing!

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We’re Looking for Next Season’s Trends

Pumpkin spice. Boots. Sweaters. It’s hard to believe the fall season is right around the corner! AGS Suppliers: We’re looking to update our Trending Now page and social media with images of your gorgeous jewelry. Fall and winter trends are the focus! If you have images of finished jewelry that you feel fit this trend, send them our way! We’re also in search of loose gemstones that can tie into a “build your own dream piece” theme. Submit Images Who sees these images? AGS and industry retailers Consumers Influencers and journalists The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 19. This

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GIA Labs for Fall 2022

Are you looking to earn your Registered Jeweler (RJ) credential? Great news: GIA is sponsoring two lab classes this fall at AGS headquarters in Las Vegas, NV! In recognition of its shared history with the AGS, and as part of GIA’s mission, the Institute will sponsor the Diamond Grading and Gem Identification lab sessions. The sponsorship covers the cost of the GIA education resources for the following sessions: Apply Today! Diamond Grading Lab October 10–October 14, 2022 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT Gem Identification Lab October 17–October 21, 2022 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT GIA’s generosity allows AGS

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Six Steps to Start a Dynamic Company Culture

By Jeremy Mclendon, JewelersHealthCare.com Dynamic company culture is not about beer on draft, lounges, a snack bar, or a game room. It is much deeper than those things. We have put together six steps to help you evaluate your company and your team to create a more dynamic company culture to better serve your employees, customers, and community. 1. The Basics are Clear Everyone starts somewhere, this we know, so why not start with the simple things you may already have in place when working on your company culture. Look at your company’s values, mission statement, passion, and vision. These

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How Does AGS Laboratories Determine Diamond Treatments?

By Wade Abel, CG, Director of Gemological Services, AGS Laboratories One of the factors of a diamond grade that greatly impacts the diamond’s value is the diamond’s color. For colorless diamonds in the D-Z range, the possibility of obtaining a higher color using treatment can be potentially attractive. Most treatments for color are permanent and, therefore, can be assessed at AGS Laboratories. The important job of a third-party diamond grading lab is the appropriate disclosures that are required when treatment is detected. Specific protocols at AGS Laboratories provide our Advanced Detection team with the needed clues and evidence to make

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Supplier Spotlight: BELLARRI

For over 40 years, BELLARRI® has set the standard for quality and design, creating masterpieces that embody timeless elegance that transcend generations. “I started as a diamond brokerage, but my passion and love for fashion and design were always my guiding vision,” says Bellarri Adelman, CEO/Designer of BELLARRI. “As a young female entrepreneur in the industry, I worked hard to separate myself from other designers to create a design house built on integrity, details, and cutting techniques.” Bellarri Adleman, CEO and Artist of BELLARRI International, pictured with her sketches and renderings of some of her signature collections. When a collector

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3 Common Jewelry Store Thefts and How to Prevent Them

By Jewelers Mutual® Group The number of jewelry thefts reported to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) every year remains staggering. According to the most recent JSA annual crime report, crimes committed against jewelers have risen, however, the dollar losses have decreased. While each incident may represent a small dollar amount when compared to other types of crimes, they can add up fast. If you don’t know what type of criminal behavior to be on the lookout for, these crimes will continue to impact your business and bottom line. Keep these three common types of jewelry store theft techniques on your

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