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American Gem Society Circle of Distinction Dinner Honors Jewelry Industry Leaders

Wednesday, July 26, 2017  
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Las Vegas, NV (July 26, 2017) – A proud tradition in the American Gem Society (AGS) took place last night as the Society once again honored the outstanding accomplishments of the jewelry industry’s best and brightest at the Society’s 17th Circle of Distinction Dinner.

The prestigious event was held at New York City’s historic Plaza Hotel and celebrated the work of three well-known and highly-respected industry professionals. Dr. James Shigley, a Distinguished Fellow with the Gemological Institute of America, received the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award, and both Myriam Gumuchian, Vice President and Director of Gumuchian, and Peter Engel, President of Fred Meyer Jewelers, received the AGS Triple Zero® Award.

In their acceptance speeches, the honorees told personal stories about their careers and inspiration, and expressed their appreciation.

“I would like to thank the AGS for selecting me for this Lifetime Achievement award,” said Dr. James Shigley. “I have had the privilege of working for GIA for the past 35 years as part of our research team, where we have tried to address the gemological challenges that face the jewelry industry. We have shared the results of our research through published articles and educational presentations, including regular talks to AGS members.”

“It’s a distinct pleasure to receive this award and know that I’ve done my part to uphold the ethical standards in our business,” said Peter Engel. It’s something I take very seriously and impart to every employee at Fred Meyer Jewelers.”

“I have always known about the American Gem Society ever since I came into the business, my father’s company was a member and I was always very proud of it,” said Myriam Gumuchian. “To me, it was similar to the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. So naturally, when my sister and I joined my mother’s jewelry design company we applied for membership and have been a member ever since.”

The AGS Triple Zero® Award was aptly named after the highest grade in the AGS Diamond Grading Standards and is presented to members of the jewelry industry for their countless accomplishments and contributions.

The American Gem Society would like to thank their sponsors for their generous support in making the event both memorable and a success: JCK Events, Wells Fargo and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.


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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