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Education

AGS Education ImageIn addition to providing course material necessary to provide members with educational credentials known as American Gem Society titles and designations, the Society offers a variety of continuing education to professionals in the jewelry industry and individuals with an interest in gemology, sales, and appraising. 

The Graduate Sales Associate course is one of the most comprehensive sales associate training programs available in the jewelry industry. Course participants receive information on product knowledge, sales techniques, and success strategies.  Upon successful completion of a proctored final exam, the associate is awarded a Graduate Sales Associate Certificate from the Jewelers Education Foundation of the American Gem Society.

The Practical Guide to Jewelry Appraising, authored by appraisal expert, Cosmo Altobelli, Certified Gemologist Appraiser of the American Gem Society, is the latest edition to deliver vital information that is relevant to every seasoned and novice appraiser.
“It is a common mistake to think that gemological knowledge is all that is required in appraising jewelry. This book introduces the reader to the methodologies of appraising and setting up a professional appraisal service.” — Cos Altobelli, CGA

The Advanced Personal Property Appraisal course is especially useful if you are interested in the field of personal property appraising. This three-part home-study course covers appraisal theory and the legal guidelines of professional appraising.

At the campus in Las Vegas, the American Gem Society hosts a schedule of gemological classes by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).  These classes are available to the public and are prerequisites for membership and titles from the American Gem Society. GIA Lab classes offered at our Las Vegas campus include: Diamond Grading, Gem Identification, and Colored Stone Grading.  For information on class dates, contact agseducation@ags.org.

We also offer a quick and effective Colorvision Screening designed to evaluate color proficiency and identify any deficiencies.  Colorvision screening is available to members and non-members alike throughout the year in a variety of locations - Click here for the AGS Calendar.