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The Power of Brand Building

Thursday, January 4, 2018  
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Kathy IrelandWe are proud to announce the addition of a fourth featured speaker at Conclave in Nashville: Kathy Ireland! Her session, The Power of Brand Building, will be held Monday, April 23, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Kathy Ireland is, according to Forbes, “One of the 50 Most Successful Self-Made Women in America.” Kathy transitioned from supermodel to super mogul in 1993, by launching kathy ireland® Worldwide, a brand celebrated by Forbes, NBC, CNBC, Fortune, Vogue, CNN, CBS and more, as a “2.6 billion dollar empire.” License Global magazine lists kathy ireland® Worldwide as the 26th Most Powerful brand and Kathy, one of the 19 most influential women in licensing. Fairchild Publications names Kathy one of the 50 most fabulous people in fashion.

DIAMONDS by kathy ireland® guarantees unrivaled craftsmanship, paramount quality, and a patented design, complementing the natural brilliance of diamonds ranging from $2,000 to $20,000. KATHLEEN MARIE PAUL RAPS NEW YORK presents exceptional jewels throughout the creative design process, beginning at $50,000. Kathy’s partners are Paul Raps, Roland Krainz of Krainz Creations, and Yaron Turgeman of Taly Diamonds.


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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