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AGS Announces 2019 Circle of Distinction Honorees

Thursday, March 21, 2019  
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Alan M. Zimmer
Alan M. Zimmer
Caryl Capeci
Caryl Capeci
 Elliot Tannenbaum
Elliot Tannenbaum
The American Gem Society (AGS) will honor three esteemed leaders in the jewelry industry at its annual Circle of Distinction Dinner on Tuesday, July 30 at the historic Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Alan M. Zimmer, President and CEO of REEDS Jewelers, Inc., will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the industry throughout his career. Caryl Capeci, CEO, Chow Tai Fook North America, and Elliot Tannenbaum, Senior Principal of Leo Schachter Diamond Group, will both be awarded the distinctive AGS Triple Zero® Award for their many accomplishments and their dedication to the fine jewelry industry.
“This year’s honorees are leaders who have taken risks, executed innovative strategies and best practices throughout their career, as well as, given their time and talent for the betterment of our industry,” said Katherine Bodoh, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “We are proud to honor their achievements. The Circle of Distinction is an opportunity for the industry to celebrate with these outstanding individuals.”
The Circle of Distinction event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a three-course dinner and the awards presentation at 7:30 p.m. To order dinner tickets or to learn about advertising and sponsorship opportunities, contact or call 866-805-6500 x1011 or x1005.
More information about this year's Circle of Distinction Dinner will be coming soon.


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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