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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2018 Shipley Award

Monday, September 11, 2017  
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Nominations Due by January 26, 2018


Clayton Bromberg, CG and Cathy Calhoun, CGAThe American Gem Society is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Robert M. Shipley Award. The criteria for this esteemed honor are listed below. If you are aware of a deserving AGS member, now is the time to submit his or her name for consideration.

The Robert M. Shipley Award is conferred for significant contribution to the science of gemology or for exemplifying the high purposes, objectives, and ideals of the American Gem Society in the member’s own community.

Please consider the following when nominating an individual:

  • Nominee should be a current or past member of the American Gem Society.
  • Nominee should have made specific accomplishments in gemology or be an exponent of the Society in the community.
  • Nominee should have performed exemplary service for and on behalf of the American Gem Society.
  • Nominee should have performed other industry service.
  • Nominee should have commendable personal ideals and character.

Click here to download the nomination form. Thank you for your nomination!


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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