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July 2009

For Immediate Release

The American Gem Society® selects Parcel Pro Incorporated®
as official insured shipping provider for their members.

July 24, 2009
Las Vegas, NV -
The American Gem Society announced on July 24, 2009 that they have selected Parcel Pro Inc. as the official Insured Shipping provider for their members. As part of this agreement Parcel Pro Inc. will offer a special discounted rate to all AGS members.
 
"Independent jewelers are at a disadvantage when it comes to securing competitive insured shipping rates.  By aggregating our members, the American Gem Society was able to procure rates otherwise unattainable without large volume commitments, " said Ruth Batson, executive director and CEO of the American Gem Society. "We have been aggressively working to create partnerships with service providers that positively affect our members' bottom line. This is another program that will save our members significant amounts of money."
 
Parcel Pro is an insurance provider specializing in high value shipments with 5 US offices and 3 overseas locations. They have partnered with UPS and Federal Express to provide the very best in shipping solutions.
 
The new program offers domestic as well as international shipping solutions. Their website, www.parcelpro.com has streamlined the shipping process, especially shipping to overseas suppliers and their exceptional online and phone support is available 24 hours a day.   
 
"Parcel Pro is honored by the selection and the opportunity given by the American Gem Society to partner with this leading industry association" said Jeroen Sparreboom, Vice President of Sales of Parcel Pro. "We are looking forward to providing the members of the American Gem Society with insured shipping solutions."
 
"We have selected Parcel Pro based on the excellent reputation they have earned over the years in the jewelry industry," said Mark Moeller, President of the American Gem Society. "We find that Parcel Pro meets the high standards that we require from our partners."
 
Parcel Pro joins Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Wells Fargo Financial Retail Services, and First National Merchant Solutions as cost saving benefits to AGS members.

For more information contact:
Parcel Pro Inc. - 888.683-2300 ext 3
American Gem Society - Ruth Batson at 702-255-6500 ext 1007

Parcel Pro was founded in 1997 to meet the unique insured shipping needs of the jewelry and wristwatch industry. From its earliest days, Parcel Pro has provided its customers with peace of mind by offering the best combination of service, risk management and economical pricing. Parcel Pro's mission is to provide the most affordable, reliable and secure means for shipping and insuring your precious goods.
 
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.


For Immediate Release

SPECTRA MAGAZINE GOES DIGITAL
Summer 2009 issue will celebrate American Gem Society's 75th anniversary

July 20, 2009
LAS VEGAS, NV
- Spectra magazine has undergone many changes since its inception in 1935, and this summer the American Gem Society's newsmagazine will take yet another leap forward as it goes completely digital - and green.

The publication, a four-color, 42-page, glossy magazine circulated exclusively to the 3,500 members of the American Gem Society, will be distributed through e-mail and available at www.AmericanGemSociety.org with the July publishing of the Summer 2009 issue.

"Spectra is such an important way for our members to stay up-to-date on happenings within the Society and the industry. We want to maintain the high quality of that communication, but improve the way it's delivered," said Ruth Batson, executive director and CEO of the Society. "Moving to a digital format will greatly reduce the magazine's impact on the environment, and increase the speed and timeliness with which we share the news."

Batson stressed that Spectra's online presence will be tested with the first two or three issues to ensure American Gem Society members find the new format helpful and resourceful.

"We are encouraging our members to give their feedback on the digital experience," she said. "We're asking them to e-mail Margaret De Young, deputy executive director of the Society, at mdeyoung@ags.org, and let us know their thoughts along the way."

Spectra began in 1935 when American Gem Society founder Robert Shipley launched it as a Gems & Gemology feature called "Guilds" that reported on the Society's activities. The next year, Shipley expanded the feature, renamed it, and created an entirely new publication for Society members.

The Summer 2009 issue will celebrate the Society's 75th anniversary with a look back at highlights from the early years through today. Education features will update readers with advice on appraising, and how to help customers feel comfortable and confident in their store. Regular features such as "The President's Letter" and Batson's "Where I'm Coming From," will appear alongside retailer and supplier spotlights of the East Coast's Cowardin's Jewelers and Japan's Hope USA Corporation.

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 Certified Gemologist (CG), Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA), and Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA). Members are held to the highest ethicaland 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.