News & Press: American Gem Society News

AGS Announces Connect. Engage. Learn: a Virtual Conclave Experience

Friday, April 3, 2020  
Share |

The American Gem Society (AGS) is pleased to announce its first-ever virtual conference, Connect. Engage. Learn: a Virtual Conclave Experience, April 27-28, 2020. The conference will be free to all AGS members.

“I would very much like to thank our sponsors: Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group, Wells Fargo, and GIA. Their generosity has made this virtual experience possible for the AGS community,” said Katherine Bodoh, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “It is because of them that we are able to offer this experience to our members at no cost. I’m very grateful.”

This year’s programming will feature up to eight hours of education, featuring a mix of panel discussions and industry speakers, covering topics such as “Corporate Social Responsibility: How Giving Back Adds Up,” “The Art of Storytelling: The Future of Retail 2.0,” “The Art of Personal Trade,” and “2020 Retail and Shopping Trends,” as well as other sessions covering marketing, sales, and business management.

“When we realized we couldn’t give our members the live Conclave experience this year, we knew we wanted to provide something in the virtual space,” said Alexis Padis, Chair of the Conclave Subcommittee. “We’re giving it the Conclave treatment…on your screen. We’re even featuring some of the elements from our in-person Conclave, such as the annual State of the AGS video, and while we may not have our traditional President’s Party, we will have a video Dance Party! It’s going to be fun, lively, and a virtual experience our members will always remember.”

American Gem Society members can register at


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.

American Gem Society