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American Gem Society® Announces Conclave Sponsors


February 25, 2009 

702.255.6500 ext. 1007



Society leaders report strong registration, sponsorship numbers for 2009 event

LAS VEGAS - From diamond manufacturers to insurance companies, the gem and jewelry industry is coming out in support of the American Gem Society's Conclave® in Chicago.

The organization has released its list of sponsors for the April 1-4 event, which Society Executive Director and CEO Ruth Batson said is building even more industry support than planners expected.

"Our Supplier Showcase has been sold out for some time, which is fantastic news for guests who want to take advantage of this high-end buying show," she said. "Registration numbers are strong, and sponsor interest is high. This is an encouraging start to what we think will be the best program in Conclave's 72-year history."

Sponsors for this year's Conclave include:

Presenting-Level Sponsor

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company

Diamond-Level Sponsors

Wells Fargo Financial Retail Services, Inc.

JCK - The Industry Fund / JCK Events

Gemological Institute of America


Platinum-Level Sponsors

Hearts On Fire

Natural Color Diamond Association

Venus Jewel


Gold-Level Sponsors

Centurion Jewelry

AGS Laboratories

American Gem Trade Association

Rapaport Group

The Julius Klein Group


Silver-Level Sponsors

I.Do. Diamonds Inc.

First National Merchant Solutions


The Gordon Company

W. R. Cobb Company

Diamond Staffing Solutions

Fruchtman Marketing


The Society has announced it will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2009 by opening Conclave, the organization's prestigious annual membership gathering, to non-member retailers for the first time.

The four-day event, held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel, will feature an intensive educational program, hands-on workshops, a two-day Supplier Showcase and Fashion Show, and a special president's celebration marking the Society's milestone anniversary.

For available Conclave sponsorship opportunities, contact Ruth Batson at 702.255.6500 ext. 1007 or rbatson@ags.org.

For more information or to register for Conclave, please contact Evelyn Ramos at 866-805-6500 ext. 1008 or eramos@ags.org. Or, visit www.AmericanGemSociety.org and click on the 2009 Conclave icon.

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.