AGS Launches Student Associate Program


AGS Has its Day at GIA
Society Launches Student Outreach Initiative

April 19, 2013, Las Vegas. The American Gem Society will celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2014. With a rich history behind it, the Society has its eye on the future—in particular, its future members. With that in mind, AGS launched a new program, the Student Associate membership, which taps gemological students into the Society.

To help with their initiative, they called upon GIA (Gemological Institute of America.) Both organizations were founded by Robert M. Shipley, and have a shared mission of consumer protection and promoting public trust in gems and jewelry. On March 27, GIA hosted AGS Day at the Institute’s Carlsbad, CA. campus. The program, “Faces of the American Gem Society,” featured an AGS hosted luncheon for the students, as well as a panel discussion moderated by the Society’s CEO, Ruth Batson. David Gardner, CG, President of the AGS Board of Directors, John Carter, CGA (Jack Lewis Jewelers)and Lisa Bridge, CG (Ben Bridge Jeweler) rounded out the panel. Each talked about life after being a student and represented three very different types of retailers. Mr. Gardner started his store, David Gardner’s Jewelers from scratch; Mr. Carter bought his business from a retiring AGS retailer, and Ms. Bridge is a fifth generation jeweler. 

“The day was a complete success,” says Mr. Gardner. “We met future gemologist and jewelers and signed up nearly 80 new Student Associate members. Who knows, someone we met that day may be a future leader of the American Gem Society.” The Society plans to work together with GIA on future student events, as well.” 

“GIA and AGS, both founded by Robert Shipley, serve the public and our industry with a common mission – to protect the gem and jewelry buying public,” said Donna Baker, GIA’s president and CEO. 

“With the AGS soon celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Student Membership program will help usensure that we thrive in the generations to come,” says Ms. Batson. “We appreciate GIA greatly, and all they have done to support this program. We look forward to working with them more in this manner, and building this exciting new aspect of our membership.”

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 a professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their 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.


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