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American Gem Society™ & GEM-A Students

June 18, 2008


Las Vegas headquarters will serve as U.S. exam, workshop site


LAS VEGAS - Gem-A students in the United States no longer have to pack their passports when it's time for exams - in fact, they don't have to go farther than the American Gem Society headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The American Gem Society announced that, beginning in June, it will collaborate with Britain's Gemmological Association (Gem-A) to provide the organization's U.S.-based correspondence students with facilities for on-site examinations and workshops.

"Education is crucial to the success of the gem and jewelry industry, and the protection of consumers," said Ruth Batson, executive director and CEO of the American Gem Society. "So we are pleased to help Gem-A provide additional support for their many students residing in the United States."

A two-day diploma practical examination workshop - available to students and non-students wishing to improve their gem identification skills - will open the schedule in Las Vegas on June 10 and 11.

Doug Garrod, Gem-A London's senior lecturer, will lead the June workshop. Topics will include: observation of rough crystals and cut gems with a 10x loupe and microscope; practical use of the refractometer and spectroscope; review of the polariscope, dichroscope, and Chelsea color filter; and a study of UV fluorescence. Participants will also take practice exams.

The June schedule also includes a Foundation Exam on June 16, Diploma Theory Exam on June 17, and a Diploma Practical Exam on June 18.

Seating for the workshop and exams is limited, so prompt booking is advised. To reserve a spot, or to learn more about Gem-A classes, contact Doug Garrod at +44 (0)20 7404 3334 or doug@gem-a.com.

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), 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.