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The Countdown Has Begun!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019  
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Conclave registration desk in Nashville 2018Can you believe Conclave is only a few days away? Whether you're a Conclave alumni or a first-time attendee, we want to make your arrival as smooth as possible. We've put together some commonly asked questions that will be helpful for your first day at Conclave.


What are the Conclave Registration Desk hours?

Conclave Registration will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration is on Level Three. Take either the escalator or elevator to the convention space.


Is there anything happening the evening of Sunday, April 7?

Definitely! Here is the schedule for Sunday night's events.

  • Mentor Mixer sponsored by Krainz Creations
    • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sheraton Grand Seattle, Cirrus (35th floor)
  • Guilds Party
    • 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m, The Factory Luxe
    • This is a free event open to all members and their guests. Click here to RSVP! 


What are the hours for the Networking Area?

The Networking Area will be open Monday and Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. It is located on Level Three.

Be sure to visit Jewelers for Children (JFC) to bid on one of the many terrific items they have up for auction. The bidding ends at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10. When the bidding ends, winners will be notified via email or text from JFC. Winners for the raffle will be announced at Wednesday evening's President's Party.


Where are the General Sessions and Breakout Sessions?

All General Sessions will be held in the Grand Ballroom, including the AGS Suppliers’ Reception, Showcase, and Gemstone Gallery, and the President’s Party. Breakout sessions are on Levels Two and Three. They are accessible via elevators or the escalator.


Do I need to register for the hands-on classes?

All sessions, including the hands-on classes, are on a first come, first-served basis for all Conclave registrants. Once all seats are filled, the doors will be closed.


I heard about the AGS Young Titleholder's day of free professional headshots. Where do I go for those?

The free professional headshots are taking place in the Networking Area on Monday, April 8 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


What is the login for the free WiFi?

Network: Conclave19


I want to post about Conclave on social media. What's the hashtag?

The official Conclave hashtag for social media is #AGSConclave. Please use this on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


If this is your first time attending Conclave, click here to visit the "I'm New Here" page on the Conclave website. You'll find information about what's included in Conclave, Conclave at a Glance (by day), Conclave pro-tips, testimonials, and a Glimpse into Conclave.

We are here for you and want to make sure you have the best Conclave experience possible. If you have further questions, please stop by Conclave Registration or look for an AGS staff member, who you can identify by a black polo shirt with an AGS logo. We look forward to seeing you in Seattle!


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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