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Now Appearing at Conclave 2017

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Jay LenoHollywood, CA will shine even brighter when Conclave 2017 comes to the Loews Hollywood Hotel, April 5-8.

We are pleased to announce that celebrity, comedian, and Emmy® Award-winning former host of The Tonight Show, and current star of Jay Leno's Garage, Jay Leno, will be our special guest. Mr. Leno will perform at the opening lunch on April 5th commencing the start of Conclave.

Leno's every-man style and personality have helped him earn millions of fans all over the world, as people relate to his personable style and work ethic. He has been touted as one of the nicest people in show business, and the hardest-working. One of the country's premier comedians, Jay Leno has appeared and performed comedy shows around the United States for the past 30 years. Leno has performed in the Middle East to entertain thousands of American military men and women stationed there.

"It is particularly fitting that a renowned celebrity, like Jay Leno, will perform at the 2017 Conclave in Hollywood," says Ruth Batson, CEO of AGS and AGS Laboratories. "Mr. Leno is a gem in the American entertainment industry who has always aimed for excellence in his endeavors. His passionate dedication to hard work, while maintaining his magical sense of humor, is an inspiration and are qualities our members can relate to."

Sugar Ray LeonardOn Friday, April 7, we'll sweeten things up a bit with legendary boxing champion, Sugar Ray Leonard. As one of the most captivating sports figures of modern times, Leonard faced the difficulties of life head-on and then swept them aside.

Leonard took home Olympic gold and fought his way to world championships in five weight classes, a record still standing today. Voted "one of the top 25 athletes of the last 25 years" by ESPN, he is a successful entrepreneur who started his own sports promotion firm.

In 2009, Leonard and his wife founded the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise. His autobiography, a New York Times bestseller, is entitled The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring. He is played by Usher in the film, Hands of Stone.

"Sugar Ray Leonard is an inspiration to all of us," says Batson. "During stressful and dynamic economic conditions, AGS member jewelers have often joked with me about wearing their boxing gloves to work. We have much to learn from Mr. Leonard's endurance, dedication, passion and record-breaking success. His entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic efforts make him a great role model for all AGS members, who seek to achieve their goals while maintaining the highest standards of business ethics and professionalism."




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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