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Christopher P. Smith

Christopher P. Smith is a 30 year veteran of the gem and jewelry industry with a distinguished international career. His career has spanned a twelve year tenure with the Gübelin Laboratory in Switzerland, an eight-year tenure with the GIA Laboratory (in both California and New York), as well as nine years with the American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) in New York.

Chris has pioneered research into several areas of gemology, involving the detection, classification and disclosure of treatments, characterization of gem varieties, new testing methods and country-of-origin determinations. As part of his research activities, he has also visited a number of gem mines around the world.

Along with his identification and research work, Chris has published and lectured extensively on various gemological topics. He has earned a number of awards for his commitment to gemology and the gemstone industry. He a founding member of the Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee (LMHC). In 2012 the Jeweler’s Circular Keystone included Chris in its Power List of the Industry’s 50 most influential people.

Since 2009, Chris has been owner and President of the American Gemological Laboratories. Founded in 1977 and situated in the heart of the New York gemstone and jewelry district, American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) is an international gemstone testing facility specializing in comprehensive colored gemstone analysis. AGL provides detailed identification and enhancement reports, country-of-origin reports, as well as complete colored stone analysis documents tailored to gems of unique importance.