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Attention AGS Suppliers: There's a Change in Your Education Requirements

Thursday, April 20, 2017  
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Recently, the American Gem Society conducted a study through an independent firm, which examined the value of a supplier’s membership within the AGS. The study concluded that the Society’s educational requirements for the Registered Supplier (RS) title were not applicable to all suppliers, and additionally, further feedback from AGS retailers indicated that they have found greater value in suppliers with a higher degree of ethics, which are vetted in the application process. Having a Registered Supplier on staff is now optional and is no longer a requirement for membership.

For suppliers and members of their team who wish to pursue the Registered Supplier title, it is welcomed and encouraged. There is immense value in holding this prestigious title as it embodies the AGS mission of consumer protection through ethics and knowledge, and communicates to your retail customers that they are shopping with a like-minded business professional.

For your convenience, below is a list of staff extensions at AGS Headquarters. For any questions or assistance with our many member benefits available to Active Members, please do not hesitate to contact us at 866.805.6500.

Accounting – 1006
Education – 1034
Conclave – 1011

Marketing – 1018
Membership, Guilds – 1005



Mission Statement

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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