Did we mention that the birthstone for April is a gem that’s near and dear to us? It’s the keystone of the American Gem Society logo, and they offer…
- When shopping for something as rare and precious as jewelry, you want to feel confident about your purchase. Does your jeweler undergo annual recertification? Learn more about credentialed jewelers here. http://www.ags.org/knowyourjeweler #KnowYourJeweler
- An engagement ring symbolizes love and commitment. Something so precious is an important purchase. Before you buy a ring--or any piece of fine jewelry--do a little research on the jeweler. A reputable, credentialed jeweler who adheres to a code of high business standards and ethics is one way you can assure a great diamond buying experience! http://www.ags.org/ethics
- Looking for a ring? Look here: http://www.americangemsociety.org/find-a-jeweler
- When shopping for colored gemstone jewelry, a knowledgeable, certified jeweler can clarify the value of the stones and explain any differences in pricing. Plus you can shop more comfortably knowing that any modifications or enhancements to the stone will be fully disclosed.
- Credentialed jewelers who regularly update their education and certification and have reputations as leaders in the fine jewelry industry are more likely to endure and be there for any service needs over the years as you wear and enjoy your jewelry. Shopping smarter means you can rest assured that you will be able to get high quality customer service long after your initial purchase.
- Work with a credentialed jeweler that you trust, so you can rest assured that what you have purchased is represented fairly, your jeweler conducts business ethically, and they are committed to their ongoing professional development. The American Gem Society is the only jewelry association that offers professional credentials.
- Registered Jeweler (RJ): When you see an "RJ" title after a jeweler's name, it means they are an American Gem Society Registered Jeweler. In order to earn this title, the associate completed all the required coursework and classroom study, along with written and practical exams in diamond grading. They must also pass a recertification exam each year in order to keep their title, ensuring that they are staying on top of their game with skill and knowledge of our industry. What does this mean to you? This title lets you know that the jeweler you are working with truly understands jewelry, diamonds and gemstones, and have proven their commitment to their community and the highest standards of ethical practice.
- Certified Gemologist (CG): When you see a "CG" title after a jeweler's name, it means they are an American Gem Society Certified Gemologist. A CG has taken advanced studies in diamonds and colored gemstones. Every year, our titleholders must pass an annual recertification exam, ensuring they are staying on top of their game with skill and knowledge of our industry. If you are shopping with an American Gem Society CG, you are working with a master of diamond, gemstone and precious metal testing procedures.
- Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA): When you see a "CGA" title after a jeweler's name, it means they are an American Gem Society Certified Gemologist Appraiser. This title is the most highly regarded among peers in the jewelry industry. It certifies that this person can identify diamonds, gemstones and jewelry, and determine their value. In order to earn this title, the associate requires advanced training and experience in determining the value of diamonds and gemstones. To stay on top of their game, our titleholders must pass an annual recertification exam, verifying their skill and knowledge of our industry.
- Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA): When you see an "ICGA" title after a jeweler's name, it means they are an American Gem Society Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser. This title represents those whose sole business is appraising. He or she does not purchase or sell diamonds, gemstones or jewelry. To receive this certification, the appraiser has completed all the requirements for RJ, CG and CGA. Plus, they have completed an extensive course in personal property appraising. He or she must not only complete the annual recertification exam, but also submit proof of continuing education in their field every five years.