Conclave Education

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Conclave has educational breakout sessions taught by renowned professionals and industry subject matter experts. Topics range from gemology to appraising, sales and marketing, business management, ethics, technology, and more! In addition, see below for more educational offerings. 


Conclave will include robust education featuring more featured speakers than ever before! Plus, Conclave is staying true to its roots with several member-led breakout sessions. Click here for the schedule.


Take advantage of your Conclave attendance and complete your Colorvision screening. This quick, 10-minute test is only required for individuals who have recently earned their Certified Gemologist® Appraiser (CGA) title and is strongly recommended if you do colored gemstone evaluations or appraisals. This year’s schedule is:

  • Saturday, September 11 | 8:00am-5:00pm (as CGA Program availability allows)
  • Sunday, September 12 | 8:00am – 9:00am and during Networking Breaks as outlined on the Schedule of Events


Stay up-to-date on the AGS Appraisal Standards with experts and CGA Instructors, Laura Stanley and Joel Hassler, ICGA, who have trained under the leadership of Cos Altobelli, ECGA. Your appraisal document is a statement of your overall quality as a retail jeweler. It’s important to know how changes in the jewelry industry impact the way you perform appraisals in accordance with AGS Appraisal Standards. There are many options to further your appraisal knowledge and education: take the Certified Gemologist Appraiser classes and exam, or refresh your knowledge and get vital updates at the Conclave exclusive CGA Clinic.

To register for the CGA program during Conclave, add it to your Conclave registration once on the Attendee Selections screen. The program is $375 in addition to your Conclave registration.


Hands-on classes are often the most popular sessions at Conclave! Get hands-on gemology updates and expertise from the world-renowned experts. Registration is NOT required, but the classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. Once all seats are filled, the doors will be closed.