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American Gem Society® Offers Free Accomodations


February 10, 2009


One hundred member retailers will qualify for reimbursed four-night stay in Chicago

LAS VEGAS - American Gem Society retailers can do more than buy from the most exclusive manufacturers during the 2009 Conclave's Supplier Showcase - they can earn a free stay in Chicago during the event.

The Supplier Showcase is a select buying show that runs April 1-2, during the first two days of the American Gem Society's Conclave®, held April 1-4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel.

Retailers who are members of the American Gem Society and stay at the Hyatt Regency Chicago will receive passport-style booklets to be signed by six vendors during the Supplier Showcase event. After the event, the retailer will submit his or her hotel bill and passport booklets to the Society, which will select 100 American Gem Society members based on the order in which they registered for Conclave. Recipients will receive reimbursement for a four-night hotel room fee, not including incidentals. Each retail member firm qualifies for one four-night reimbursement.

"This opportunity is exclusive to American Gem Society members, but it's only one of many special perks and ‘firsts' we're offering to celebrate our 75th anniversary at the 2009 Conclave," said Ruth Batson, executive director and CEO of the Society.

"This year, we're extending invitations to our non-member friends for the first time in Conclave history and are offering graduate-level, business school workshops to help retailers beat a tough economy. We'll also provide the hard-hitting educational programs, inspirational keynote speakers, and networking events for which Conclave is famous."

The Supplier Showcase, which is already sold out, will conclude with the American Gem Society's annual fashion show, featuring jewelry from participating suppliers.

Exhibiting American Gem Society Suppliers include: American Jewelry Design; Armadani; ASBA & Dangler Designs; Carelle; Chatham Created Gems; Christopher Designs; Eighternity/K.R. Gems; Fantasy Diamonds; Gabrielle Diamonds; Gems One Corporation; Guertin Brothers; Gumuchian; Hasenfeld Stein; Hearts on Fire; Honora; I DO Diamonds; I.G.C. New York; Idaho Opal; and Incon Gems.

Others include: James Alger; JB Star/Jewels by Star; JR Gold Designs; Julius Klein; Lazare Kaplan, Intl.; Martin Flyer; McTigue Since 1895; Memoire; Mercury Ring Corp.; Omi Gems; Paramount Gems; Philip Zahm Designs; Roberto Coin; S&I; SA Gems; Stuller, Inc.; The Precious Collection; True Knots; Varsha Diamonds; Venus Jewel; and Vibhor Inc.

For further details on the retailer reimbursement offer, please 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.