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2009 Shipley Winners

CHARLES AND ELLEN LACY NAMED 2009 SHIPLEY AWARD WINNERS

Couple recognized at American Gem Society's Conclave® in Chicago

 

LAS VEGAS - The American Gem Society® has named Charles and Ellen Lacy, owners of Lacy & Co., as the winners of the 2009 Robert M. Shipley Award®.

 

Society members conferred the award on the couple at the Robert M. Shipley Luncheon on Saturday, April 4. The luncheon, sponsored by the Gemological Institute of America, was held in Chicago during the International Conclave, the Society's prestigious annual membership gathering.

 

The Robert M. Shipley Award is given annually to a member of the American Gem Society in recognition of outstanding service to the Society, for significant contribution to the science of gemology, and for exemplifying the high purposes, objectives, and ideals of the Society in the member's community.

 

"Members like Charles and Ellen are the lifeblood of this organization," said Ruth Batson, executive director and CEO of the American Gem Society. "Through their leadership, the Lacys have made a profound and lasting effect on the Society. We are honored to add their names to our list of worthy recipients."

 

Charles and Ellen Lacy have each served in leadership positions with the American Gem Society. Charles, a Registered Jeweler, has served on the AGS Laboratories Board of Managers for the last 10 years, and was chairman of the board from 2002 to 2005.

 

Ellen, a Certified Gemologist Appraiser, was president of the American Gem Society in 2001 and 2002. During her presidency, Ellen was instrumental in making changes to the Society's bylaws and restructuring its governance, creating increased organizational effectiveness. She was also awarded the prestigious AGS Triple Zero Award in 2007 and is a member of the National Jewelers Hall of Fame.

 

The Lacy's fine jewelry store, Lacy & Co., is based in El Paso, Texas and staffed by personnel who are also American Gem Society titleholders. The store, which has flourished since its founding by Ellen's parents in Del Rio, Texas in the 1940s, has been named "in the top tier of jewelry and watch retailers in the country" by Harper's Bazaar. Charles manages the store's fine watch business and Ellen manages the jewelry and gift sides of the operation.

 

The Lacys, whose children and grandchildren surprised the couple by attending the ceremony, said it was a great honor to receive the Shipley Award from the organization.

 

The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is the international professional organization awarding credentials of Registered Jeweler (RJ), Registered Supplier (RS), Certified Gemologist (CG), Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA), and Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA). Members are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their American Gem Society titles. Less than five percent of jewelers in the country have met the exacting requirements necessary for membership.

 

For more information regarding the American Gem Society, please call 866.805.6500, or visit their Web site at www.AmericanGemSociety.org.