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In order to best protect the consumer through knowledge and ethics, and maintain membership of the firm, each American Gem Society
Retail Firm member must have at least one individual, either the principal or a full-time employee, satisfy the requirements for the Registered
Jeweler (RJ) title. The individual must have completed, or be enrolled in, the Applied Jewelry Professional™ (AJP) program and the 5-day Diamond Grading Laboratory or 5-day Gem Identification Laboratory through GIA, or equivalent education through Gem-A or other approved institutions. Following the prerequisite education, the individual must successfully complete the AGS Way course to earn the RJ title. This individual has two years from the date of election to complete the required studies to receive their title. Please complete the following for the full-time employee who will become an American Gem Society titleholder:
Please list any gemological courses completed, including completion dates. If these were GIA courses, please provide student number:
What is the main reason you are applying for firm membership with the American Gem Society (AGS)? Please select all options that apply.
Please complete the following sections and/or provide the necessary documentation in order to complete your membership application:
Merchandise: Does at least 50% of your gross sales volume consist of fine jewelry and watches?
Photos: Photographs of the interior and exterior of your firm (and branches if applicable), and a photo of your binocular gem microscope (if you possess one).
Appraisal: Sample of a completed appraisal, if applicable.
Recommendations: Retail Firm members must submit three (3) recommendations from active American Gem Society members with at least one (1) from a Retail Firm member. Please list the members we can contact on your behalf to assist in collecting these recommendations. If you do not know any active members, please leave this section blank. The membership team will support you once you submit your application.
Consumer Protection: Has your firm ever had a case before the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, Jewelers Vigilance Committee or other such municipal, county or state consumer protection agencies?
Total Gross Business Volume: For all locations during the last fiscal year (12 months).
Payment Option: Please select the payment plan for your firm below. To learn more about these payment plans, please visit ags.org/membership-dues-terms-and-conditions.
I hereby certify that the above statements and information are complete, true, and accurate and understand that the correctness and accuracy of the above statements and information, as well as verification of the same, are to be construed as conditions precedent to membership. I authorize an investigation of the credit report of the above firm, as well as the above statements and information, and authorize the release of information concerning damages or liabilities that might result from the issuance of a credit report or from the verification or attempted verification of the above information and statements. If elected to membership, I agree to abide by the Articles of Incorporation, Standards, and Bylaws of the American Gem Society.
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