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AGS Hosts GIA Lab Classes This Fall

August 13, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY HOSTS GIA LAB CLASSES THIS FALL

Outstanding' financial assistance available for qualifying students, classes

LAS VEGAS - The American Gem Society will help students gain valuable, hands-on experience with diamonds and gemstones this fall - and provide financial assistance that gives qualifying candidates discounts of almost 90 percent.

The Society will host two Lab classes, taught by instructors from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), at its Las Vegas headquarters in September. A GIA Diamond Grading Labwill be held Sept. 8-12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The class is a prerequisite for the American Gem Society's Registered Jeweler, Registered Supplier, and Certified Gemologist titles and for multiple GIA diplomas. GIA's Colored Stone Grading Labwill be held the next week, Sept.15-17, and will also run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. This course is a prerequisite for GIA's Graduate Gemologist diploma and the American Gem Society's Certified Gemologist title.

American Gem Society members will pay just $1,075 for the Diamond Grading Lab and $850 for the Colored Stone Grading Lab; for non-members, the classes cost $1,195 and $950, respectively. Some students working toward American Gem Society titles will be able to take the Diamond Grading Lab class for just $125.

"We're always happy to host classes taught by our friends at GIA," said Ruth Batson, executive director and CEO of the Society. "And this fall, we're especially pleased to offer outstanding financial assistance that will help future titleholders of the American Gem Society move closer to their educational and professional goals."

For more information or to enroll, please contact AGSEducation@ags.org or 866.805.6500 x1034.

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.