Conclave 2019  •  April 8-10, 2019  •  Register Today!

CONCLAVE OVERVIEW

The American Gem Society’s International Conclave, which began in 1937, has been the premier educational and networking event in the jewelry industry. The Society’s members have congregated annually to further their gemological education and meet with their colleagues.

Considered one of the primary benefits of membership in the AGS, Conclave is held in a new location each year, and features some of the leading national speakers and industry experts, all teaching a variety of topics ranging from gemological training, to sales, leadership and marketing sessions.

Conclave 2019 will have over 90 breakout sessions and 13 networking events. Come to Conclave to learn, make connections, and have a great time!

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Conclave is three days of jam-packed education and relationship building with some pre-conference fun starting on Sunday night! During the event, you’ll have access to three phenomenal keynote speakers, three inspiring featured speakers, and more breakout sessions speakers than we could count. What’s that mean to you? It adds up to 12 hours of education! But wait, there’s more. We’ve sprinkled in 20 hours’ worth of social activities, including networking breaks and events.

The full registration includes access to over 90 educational sessions and 13 networking events with meals provided at two breakfasts, three lunches, and five reception-type events that include food and hosted bars. Don’t miss out!


Educational Sessions

Hours of Education

Networking Events

Hours of Social Activities



Saturday, April 6, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)


Sunday, April 7, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Appraisals I & II and CGA Exam (Additional Fee)
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Mentor Mixer fooddrink
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Guilds Party fooddrink
food - Meal served
drink - Alcoholic beverages available


Monday, April 8, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Networking Break
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Opening Luncheon food
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Networking Break
2:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
AGS Suppliers’ Reception, Showcase, and Gemstone Gallery fooddrink
9:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.
Hearts On Fire Trivia Night, brought to you by the AGS Young Titleholders fooddrink
food - Meal served
drink - Alcoholic beverages available


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Breakfast Keynote food
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Titleholders Luncheon food
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Coffee and Dessert Networking Break food
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Happy Hour drink
food - Meal served
drink - Alcoholic beverages available


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Breakfast Keynote food
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Shipley Luncheon food
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Coffee and Dessert Networking Break food
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
President’s Party fooddrink
food - Meal served
drink - Alcoholic beverages available


  • This is a non-pressure environment designed with one purpose only: the betterment of you. Whether it is sessions or social events, it’s designed to take your skills and gemological education to the next level.
  • Get an early start to Conclave. Arrive Sunday afternoon, and that evening, attend both the fun Mentor Mixer and the lively Guilds Party. Meet new people and catch up with old friends while you enjoy some drinks and appetizers. It will get you in the Conclave spirit!
  • Download the app. It has all the sessions, a customizable schedule, map of the hotel, a social component, and more.
  • Plan to attend all general sessions. That’s where the meals are provided, and you can hear from leading speakers like Dan Thurmon and Galen Emanuele, as well as the brilliant entertainers, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood. Click here for a complete list of speakers, including our featured and breakout session presenters.
  • Wear comfy shoes and stay hydrated. Water will be provided in the networking area.
Bonus tip: Once you are onsite, if you need more info or tips, stop at the Conclave Registration Desk and ask a member of the AGS team. Or ask another member! You’ll quickly learn that at Conclave, there are no strangers. Just friends you haven’t met yet.


"Conclave is life-changing and holds such importance in the continued success of our business and the additional benefit embracing our personal lives. The friendships that are fostered through meeting people of like-mind are one of the most impactful aspects of attending Conclave regularly!"

Loretta Bock, Gordons Gold Jewellers

"AGS Conclave is undoubtedly my favorite industry event all year. It combines education, networking, inspiration and fun in an exciting and different US city every year. I look forward to Conclave way more than I look forward to my birthday."

Bryan C. Aderhold, CG, James Nash Enterprises, LLC

"The Conclave experience is similar to attending a family reunion. It’s a great time to socialize with your peers and meet new people. Not only do you learn new skills from the breakout sessions, you learn from being with industry peers. It’s really the only industry event for me that is more of a relaxed atmosphere with a positive vibe and no selling pressure."

Niveet Nagpal, Head Designer and President, Omi Privé

"Conclave is the best kept secret in the industry. There is simply no event like it, and once you go, you will always want to come back."

John Carter, CGA, Jack Lewis Jewelers/President of the AGS Board of Directors

"Once you go to Conclave, you’re hooked. You’ll be back every year!"

Alexis Padis, CGA, Padis Jewelers/Chair of the Conclave Committee