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The Rare, Natural, and Timeless Beauty of Gemstones

Friday, January 5, 2018  
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Anytime you get the chance to learn more about gemstones and jewelry directly from industry experts is something you don’t want to miss. Especially when the experts are available to you under the same roof!

This month, we’re spotlighting sessions that focus on the rare, natural, and timeless beauty of jewelry and gemstones. One session will take you on a journey through the 19th century and show you how to identify designs from the era’s distinctive artistic movement, another will give you a new appreciation of saltwater pearls, and the third will help you boost sales on exotic colored gemstones.


Monday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Identifying and Dating Jewelry Circa 1900
Suzanne Martinez & Starla Turner
Lang Antiques
Track: Appraising

The late 1800s to the early 1900s embraced change, enlightenment and transitions in all forms of the decorative arts. The styles, overlapping motifs and designs make it hard to name or assign an exact date to many pieces of jewelry. This session will take you through the motifs, methods, materials and makers that created the most beautiful pieces of this era. The speakers will examine the flora, fauna, femininity and retrospective designs in the Fin de Seicle jewelry focusing on identifying and dating.


Monday, April 23, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saltwater Pearl
Joshua Israileff, RS
Track: Gemology

In this session, Josh will share his appreciation for saltwater pearls, bring some hands-on samples to examine, and give you the knowledge to increase your pearl sales. Beyond that, you’ll catch some of his enthusiasm for the product and leave with more confidence to talk about an often misunderstood gem material.

You will leave this session with:

  • A greater appreciation for saltwater pearls
  • Hands-on experience with the product
  • More in-depth knowledge to increase sales


Wednesday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Exotic Colored Gemstones: Creating the Collector
Dave Bindra
B & B Fine Gems
Track: Sales

Our fascination with the natural brilliance and beauty of precious gemstones has endured for centuries. Today, it manifests itself in record breaking multi-million dollar auctions and a global race to unearth the next historic find of Pigeon’s Blood rubies, vivid pink spinels, and neon Paraíba tourmalines. We are entering a time when the use of exotic colored gemstones in couture and high jewelry is unprecedented. From the major brands on 5th Avenue to the red carpet, color is all the craze today. Wealthy consumers all over America are looking for rare and unusual items that not only have intrinsic value, but will also set them apart from the average consumer.



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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