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Supplier Spotlight: Tabatha Nicholle & Gabriella INC (TNG)

Wilson Barros, founder of Tabatha Nicolle & Gabriella INC (TNG), is a skilled artisan and entrepreneur who began his journey learning the bench from his grandfather in their native Ecuador. “My grandfather was the number one jeweler in Ecuador, so I had the opportunity to learn the art of jewelry manufacturing from the best.” Barros recalls, “I remember sitting beside him and watching him power the bench using a foot pedal.” Over 30 years ago, Barros came to the U.S. and worked in retail, learning store operations and sales while honing his craftsmanship. He was fortunate to become an apprentice

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Jewelry Store Security: What Your Staff Needs to Know

By Jewelers Mutual® Group Among the many legitimate customers that browse your store daily, there may be a few potential thieves hiding in plain sight. In the event there are criminals casing your store, it’s important for you and your staff to be prepared. Whether you have new employees joining your team or already have a crew of seasoned veterans, a complete review of your security procedures is essential to ensure the safety of everyone. Neglecting security measures early on could leave your business exposed to vulnerabilities, so we encourage you to begin safety best practices as soon as possible.

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Wells Fargo and AGS Announce Enriched AGS Fraud Protection Program with Intellicheck

Wells Fargo and AGS are excited to announce a new value-added service that will be available to AGS credit card program members through Intellicheck. This program enhancement provides a fast and easy-to-use mobile app for in-store transactions that supports the prevention of fraudulent credit account openings. Intellicheck’s proven, state-of-the-art identity validation app gives participating jewelers a clear competitive advantage. It makes it easy to confidently extend credit to customers with a frictionless experience that validates identity documents like drivers’ licenses and state-issued IDs from every state in under a second. The importance of this new program benefit is already being

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Certified Sales Associate® | April 2023

The following individuals have recently earned the prestigious designation of Certified Sales Associate® (CSA) by the American Gem Society: Rebekah Anderson, CSA Bromberg & Company, Inc. Mountain Brook, AL Lenka Curtin, CSA Bromberg & Company, Inc. Mountain Brook, AL Claire Freire, CSA Padis Jewelry San Francisco, CA Janet Hovanitz, CSA Peter & Co. Jewelers Avon Lake, OH Amey Humphries, CSA La Maison D’Or Ottawa, ON Canada Dave Kueng, CSA Padis Jewelry San Francisco, CA Victor Kumapayi, CSA Chalmers Jewelers LTD Middleton, WI Haley Moore, CSA Morrison Smith Jewelers Charlotte, NC Erica Morgan, CSA La Maison D’Or Ottawa, ON Canada Jeff Reed,

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Registered Jeweler | April 2023

The following individuals have recently earned the prestigious title of Registered Jeweler (RJ) by the American Gem Society: Leslie G. Bolling, RJ Jeffery B Jewelers Denver, CO Andrew Eller, RJ Morrison Smith Jewelers Charlotte, NC Charles Green, RJ Lux Bond & Green West Hartford, CT Mihkenna Merrill, RJ Duke’s Jewelers Springville, UT Cristalle Pelfrey, RJ BC Clark Jewelers Oklahoma City, OK Molly Peterson, RJ Ben Bridge Jeweler Seattle, WA Yuhan Tekin, RJ Ballantyne Jewelers Charlotte, NC

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Susan M. Jacques Is Honored With the 2023 Robert M. Shipley Award®

Susan M. Jacques, President and CEO of GIA (Gemological Institute of America), is the recipient of the American Gem Society’s (AGS) most prestigious honor, the Robert M. Shipley Award®. Ms. Jacques was presented with the award at the Society’s annual Conclave in Louisville, Kentucky. “Susan has received this most prestigious honor due to her commitment to the science of gemology, her history of jewelry industry service and leadership, and her embodiment of the high ideals of the American Gem Society,” said Ruth Batson-McCluer. Ms. Batson-McCluer, who presented the award to Ms. Jacques, is the Chair of the Robert M. Shipley

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Supplier Spotlight: Vantyghem Diamonds

Vantyghem Diamonds, located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, is proudly celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Founders Arlette and Ralph Vantyghem grew up among diamond cutters in Belgium. They immigrated to Canada and started their business in 1973, selling loose diamonds to independent retail jewelers in Canada. Their son, Kevin Vantyghem, President of Vantyghem Diamonds, invested six years refining his business expertise in the pharmaceutical trade before carrying on the Vantyghem diamond name. After completing his GIA education, Kevin equipped himself with valuable hands-on experience in Antwerp, Belgium—where it all began. Vantyghem has built lasting relationships with their retail customers, honoring

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Multiple Honorees Recognized at the 2023 Titleholder Luncheon

The American Gem Society (AGS) presented several prestigious awards on May 3 during the Titleholders Luncheon at Conclave in Louisville, KY. Maria Brown, RJ, Chair of the Young Titleholders Committee, gave out the 2023 Young Titleholder of the Year Award to Courtney Sivard, CSA, of BC Clark Jewelers in Oklahoma City, OK. “Courtney joined the Young Titleholder Committee and leapt into action developing our presence on social media,” Ms. Brown noted. “She is incredibly creative, driven, and determined. She will continue to impact the Young Titleholders to reach all new levels for the next generation of our AGS community.” The

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American Gem Society Elects New Board Members at Conclave 2023

On Wednesday, May 3, during Conclave’s annual Membership Breakfast, the American Gem Society (AGS) confirmed the AGS International Board of Directors for 2023–2024. The 2023–2024 AGS International Board of Directors are: Executive Committee President Lisa Bridge, CG President-Elect Alexis Padis, CGA Secretary; Chair: Gemological Sciences Committee Bryan Moeller, CGA Sr. Advisor William Farmer Jr. Treasurer; Chair: Finance, Audit & Legal Committee Larry Rickert Committee Designations and Board Members Chair: Young Titleholders Committee Maria Brown, RJ Chair: Membership Committee Mitchell Clark, CG Chair: International Guilds Council Amanda Coleman-Phelps, CGA Chair: Education Committee Sarah Person, CG Chair: Conclave Subcommittee Denise Richards, CGA

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