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AGS Announces New CGA Instructors

Tuesday, January 22, 2019  
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Laura Stanley, CGA
Laura Stanley, CGA
Joel Hassler, CGA
Joel Hassler, CGA

The American Gem Society (AGS) is pleased to announce the addition of two new Certified Gemologist® Appraiser (CGA) Instructors, Laura Stanley, CGA, and Joel Hassler, CGA.

The two will teach the Certified Gemologist® Appraisal courses at Conclave, which takes place April 8-10, 2019, in Seattle, WA. Both Ms. Stanley and Mr. Hassler have been mentored by Cos Altobelli, ECGA, who has been at the forefront of the AGS Appraisals program since its inception in 1983. Ms. Stanley and Mr. Hassler have extensive experience in appraising, and have experience as CGAs; she first achieved the CGA title in 1996 and he earned his in 2004.

“I'm grateful for the AGS and the many years of involvement and support. It's exciting to begin this new paragraph in my life and to give the reins to Laura and Joel to continue on with the CGA program,” said Mr. Altobelli, who is now an Emeritus Certified Gemologist® Appraiser. “Laura and Joel are very well versed and extremely qualified to conduct the CGA Clinic and CGA Exam at Conclave. I will still be involved as the Appraisals Chair and play a major role in this avenue.”

“Cos Altobelli is an American Gem Society legend!” said John Carter, CGA, and President of the American Gem Society Board of Directors. “He began the CGA program, nurtured it for decades, and helped to create the best-trained appraisers in our industry. Cos's contributions cannot be summed up easily, but I will say that his dedication and tireless commitment to his beloved CGAs have made him an icon that will be remembered for generations.”

Ms. Stanley is a third generation jeweler at Laura Stanley Personal Jeweler. Since 1989, she has worked in the family business, Stanley Jewelers Gemologist in North Little Rock, AR, specializing in custom design, remounts, and personal shopping for her customers.

Mr. Hassler has been in the jewelry industry since 2000 and started Von Hasle Jewelry Advisers in 2017. Based out of Racine, WI, the company's focus is on appraisals, both retail and B2B, as well as consulting and training on a wide range of topics.


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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