Supplier Firm members are gems and gemstone jewelry wholesalers and manufacturers that sell and distribute solely in a wholesale manner to industry retailers and not to consumers. As a member, you will have access to benefits that connect you with leading industry retailers, including the use of member mailing lists, dedicated eblasts, and social networking. In addition, you will have access to Conclave, the industry’s premier education and networking conference.
Membership with the American Gem Society is a testament to your clients that they are conducting business with a firm dedicated to the highest standards of business conduct and ethics in the industry. Please review the details below to learn more about the membership benefits as well as the membership application process.
“The American Gem Society upholds professionalism and ethics, ensuring we are educated in what we are doing in our business.” – Scott Berg, CG, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry
As a member of the American Gem Society (AGS), you have access to a variety of exclusive events, programs and services. Here are a few of the advantages of your membership:
AGS awards professional credentials, known as Titles, designating members as skilled professionals once they have completed comprehensive gemological studies and courses on ethics and business practices. Additionally, each Titleholder is recertified annually. An AGS credential serves as a testament to your customers that they are shopping with an ethical and knowledgeable jeweler.
“The contacts I’ve made through the AGS have made a significant impact on the growth of my business, and the ongoing education has enhanced my career. I’ve made lasting business relationships through the American Gem Society, which I value greatly.”
– Ronnie VanderLinden, Diamex, Inc.
PROFESSIONAL CONSUMER MARKETING SUPPORT
AGS utilizes a dynamic mix of print and digital advertising, PR, publications, online and social media marketing. The goal: create awareness among AGS retailers on the importance of purchasing from a credentialed AGS supplier and drive traffic to your business.
“Supplier Spotlight,” a feature in the quarterly Spectra and semi-monthly e-newsletter, Spectra Update, places you front and center with AGS retailers. The exclusive American Gem Society Membership Directory provides vital information you need to contact influencers at AGS retail stores. Our social media highlights your beautiful jewelry to an audience of over 600,000, which includes consumers—and AGS and trade retailers.
CONTINUING EDUCATION AND NETWORKING
Members are invited to attend the American Gem Society’s annual Conclave, the industry’s premier networking and educational event. Throughout the year, we offer continuing education webinars, as well as meetings hosted by the regional Guilds and member groups, such as the Young Titleholders, to advance their education and networking.
Each summer, the American Gem Society hosts the Circle of Distinction Dinner. On this evening, the most prominent members of the jewelry industry gather to honor and recognize the achievements of their peers and colleagues.
Both Conclave and the Circle of Distinction are great ways to meet decision makers at AGS retail firms.
“What first stood out to me about being an AGS titleholder is the networking and relationships I can develop with people, who are to me, the smartest in the industry. The outlet for these opportunities is Conclave. I’ve always said it’s the best-kept secret in the industry.”
– John Carter, CGA, Jack Lewis Jewelers
We have developed strategic relationships with the following companies in order to help our members increase the profitability of their business operations through lower rates, higher customer service, and incentive programs.
Customize your insurance needs to fit your business with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group, including coverage tailored for manufacturers, wholesalers, designers, and more.
Wells Fargo Merchant Services provides payment processing solutions so businesses can easily accept credit and debit card payments. With options that are easy to set up and tailored for your business, you can quickly start accepting payments, have access to funds as soon as the next business day with a linked Wells Fargo deposit account, and access personal service and support when you need it. And as an AGS member, you’ll benefit from preferred pricing and a dedicated Account Manager.
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The American Gem Society has a number of tools that can help you stay on top of best practices, or allow you to provide thought leadership to the membership. Write articles for Spectra or Spectra Update, or abstracts and white papers for AGS PRO. AGS Go is our app, which has links to the membership directory, as well as a Find a Vendor search which allows AGS retailers to find you quickly and easily.
Annual membership dues are assessed on a value based model. Your firm will select the plan that best matches its goals for membership, including level of engagement, and pay for the value of that plan. As the value of the plan increases, so does the access to membership benefits and available discount opportunities. Membership dues are billed at the time of election and may be prorated depending on the date. This shall be in addition to the dues paid by individual members (i.e. titleholders, etc.).