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American Gem Society Fellow Awards

AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY HONORS MEMBERS WITH THE FELLOW AWARD

Eight titleholders presented with award at Conclave 2008

LAS VEGAS ‹ The Fellow Award, an annual award of distinction recognizing outstanding contributions and service to the jewelry profession, the American Gem Society, and the recipient¹s community, was bestowed upon eight American Gem Society titleholders at International Conclave on April 10, 2008.

The following American Gem Society titleholders received the Fellow Award in

2008: Serge Boro, Vintage Registered Supplier, formerly of Lazare Kaplan; Marcelia Cruz-Hicks, Certified Gemologist, Diaco Diamonds, Inc.; Susan Jaime, Registered Jeweler, Ben Bridge Jeweler; Gary J. Long, Registered Jeweler, Gary J. Long Jewelers; Gene Spratford, Registered Jeweler, Spratford Fine Jewelry; Rick Velayo, Certified Gemologist Appraiser, Gleim the Jeweler; Harton Wolf, Certified Gemologist Appraiser, Henne Jewelers; and Cos Altobelli, Certified Gemologist Appraiser, The Altobelli Jewelers.

The Fellow Award was created out of a need to recognize a number of Society members, as opposed to the singular recognition of the Robert M. Shipley Award. Nominations for the Fellow Award are accepted from American Gem Society members, with nominees and supporting materials being reviewed by the Fellows Committee. Supporting materials include nominee¹s accomplishments in areas for which Fellowship is bestowed, including:

gemology, education, administration, philanthropy, community service, and service to the profession. In addition to the Fellow Award, the Senior Fellow is bestowed on all former Fellow Award winners following their seventieth birthday. The Senior Fellow designation is a lifelong designation also awarded annually at International Conclave.

³Fellow Award recipients are individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to high ideals and purpose. And as such, they should be recognized before their peers in celebration of their achievements,² said Ruth Batson, Executive Director and CEO of the American Gem Society. ³The Society and the jewelry industry at large are fortunate to be in the company of such an accomplished group of people.²

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 for all Registered Jewelers (RJ), Certified Gemologists (CG), Certified Gemologist Appraisers (CGA) and Independent Certified Gemologist Appraisers. 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 702.255.6500, or visit their website at www.AmericanGemSociety.org.