The American Gem Society Announces the Sallie Morton Award

March 17, 2014

CONTACT:  Donna Jolly
Deputy Executive Director
American Gem Society
702.255.6500 ext. 1018

 The American Gem Society Announces the Sallie Morton Award

March 17, 2014, Las Vegas. The American Gem Society is pleased to announce the Sallie Morton Guild Award. The Award will be given on April 25th at the Society’s Annual Conclave in San Diego. It is given in recognition of individuals who have gone over and above in their service to the AGS Guilds each year.

Sallie Morton, ECG, was very instrumental in developing the AGS National Guilds, a system that is in place today with the AGS. 

“An award in Sallie’s name is very fitting,” said Ruth Batson, RJ, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “Given her immense contribution to the AGS, what better way to recognize a member’s outstanding service to our Guilds than by giving them an award named after this legend.”

“For my entire professional career, I have heard stories about Sallie Morton,” said Laura Stanley, Chair of the Society’s International Guilds Committee. “Chatting with her and planning this award has just reinforced what a dynamo she is, especially considering the considerable glass ceiling she shattered in the jewelry industry. She has always been a role model, and I’m delighted this award honors her life and future legacy.”

Stanley added, “Having personally experienced the exponentially growing energy of our AGS Guilds helps me understand how exciting it was when Sallie and Al Woodill, [former Executive Director of AGS], first worked their magic decades ago in developing our Guilds.”

In addition to helping for the AGS National Guilds, Ms. Morton was the first female President in 1974 of the Society, and in 1982 became the first woman to receive the prestigious Robert M. Shipley Award.

The American Gem Society’s Conclave will be held April 23—26, at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.

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 a 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. Only one in twenty jewelers in the country has chosen to meet the exacting requirements necessary for membership.



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