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American Gem Society Members Nominated for Women's Jewelry Association Awards for Excellence

Wednesday, June 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The American Gem Society (AGS) is pleased to announce that ten of the nominees for the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) Awards for Excellence are in the AGS community. The annual Awards for Excellence gala bestows awards to female professionals in the jewelry and/or watch industries in the categories of design, manufacturer/dealer/supplier, retail, sales and merchandising, marketing and communications, editorial media, watches, and special services who have demonstrated significant achievements throughout their careers.

The WJA Awards for Excellence nominees affiliated with the AGS, either as a member or as belonging to a member firm, include:

  • Gabriella Harvey, Gemfields – Manufacturer, Dealer, Supplier
  • Anna Samsonova, CGA, Ben Bridge Jeweler – Merchandising and Product Development
  • Pat Henneberry, Hearts On Fire – Business Services
  • Jo-Ann Sperano, Jewelers Vigilance Committee – Business Services
  • Lisa Bridge, CG, Ben Bridge Jeweler – Large-Scale Retail
  • Alexis Padis, CGA, Padis Jewelry – Independent Retail
  • Megan Whitmire, AGTA – Marketing and Communication

Additionally, a member of the American Gem Society’s team, Donna Jolly, RJ, was nominated for an Awards for Excellence in the Marketing and Communications category. Last but not least, two more honors go out to AGS members. Cecilia Gardner of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Michael Pollak of Hyde Park Jewelers will receive the Ben Kaiser Award.

“We are so proud of all of our AGS nominees who are being honored by the Women’s Jewelry Association. Both the AGS and the WJA stand for integrity, ethics, and honesty. These individuals certainly embody those principals,” said Katherine Bodoh, RJ, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “Congratulations to our members and our own team member, Donna, and to Cecilia and Michael on their well-deserved recognition!”

The awards gala will take place on Monday, July 24, 2017, at Pier 60 on New York’s Chelsea Piers. To learn more about the gala or to buy tickets, please visit



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The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

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