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November 2009


American Gem Society Declares A Revolution
2010 Conclave Focuses on Revolutionary Business Practices

November 2, 2009
Las Vegas, NV
-  The American Gem Society has announced that the dates for the 2010 Conclave, an annual gathering of its prestigious membership, will be April 21-24th. The theme this year is "Revolution," with the keynote and educational programs focused on bold new ways of doing business.

The 2010 Conclave will be held at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, in the heart of Boston's Back Bay. The conference will feature leading keynote speakers, best-practices classes, hands-on workshops, multiple networking opportunities, and the Society's illustrious event honoring industry leaders, The Robert M. Shipley Award Luncheon.

"We're in a period of great economic change, and that change demands revolutionary new ways of doing business," said Ruth Batson, Executive Director and CEO of the Society. "There are more tools at our disposal, and more outlets for communicating and building a brand. The old rules are giving way to new ones. Conclave is seizing the opportunity to make sure that our members are a vital part of this revolution."

Once again, the 2010 Conclave will feature a two-day Supplier Gallery that allows American Gem Society suppliers to display their gems and jewelry in an elegant, secure setting. "As always, the Supplier Gallery is a unique opportunity for our industry's best manufacturers to connect with our best retailers," said Batson.

The Gallery will include the Society's always-popular Fashion Show, which will feature models presenting top designs from the suppliers.

"Conclave is an opportunity to gather the Society's community of members together for a few days and provide not only educational programs, but also the inspiration to conduct their businesses with renewed energy," said Batson.

Further details about Conclave will be released in the upcoming months. For more information, please contact the American Gem Society at 866.805.6500.

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 an international professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their 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.