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What's Happening Before Conclave?

Thursday, November 29, 2018  
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Conclave officially starts April 8, but if you can't wait to get started, arrive early and check out these events!



Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) Course / Saturday April 6 – 7, 2019

Come to Conclave early and take the Personal Property course of the The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). This course will be offered April 6-7, 2019, hosted by AGS appraiser David Rotenberg, Emeritus CGA, and taught by AGS Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser, Mona Miller, ICGA.

The USPAP is the generally recognized ethical and performance standards for the appraisal profession in the United States. USPAP was adopted by Congress in 1989, and contains standards for all types of appraisal services. Compliance is required for state-licensed and state-certified appraisers involved in federally-related real estate transactions, and now, personal property as well. USPAP is updated every two years so that appraisers have the information they need to deliver unbiased and thoughtful opinions of value.

To learn more about the USPAP course, click here to visit the Education page on the Conclave website.


Mentor Mixer Hollywood 2017

Mentor Mixer / Sunday, April 7, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cirrus (35th Floor)

Unpack your bags and head over to the Mentor Mixer, located inside the Seattle Grand Sheraton. This annual event is a great way to kick off Conclave.

At the Mentor Mixer, you’ll learn more about the AGS Mentor Program and will find out how you can participate as either a mentor or mentee. You’ll also have the chance to discuss opportunities in your business with other members.

There will be appetizers and libations. Start Conclave on a high note. Don’t miss the Mentor Mixer!


AGS International Guilds Logo

AGS Guilds Party / Sunday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Factory Luxe

There is more fun to enjoy following the Mentor Mixer. Join your fellow Guildies for the annual Conclave Guild party. Network with members of your Guild, or other regional Guilds. This is a great chance to make new friends!

This is a free event and is open to all AGS members and their guests. To RSVP, click here.


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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