Jason Quick, Laboratory Director at AGS Laboratories, was recently interviewed by Jewellery Business, a premier jewelry trade magazine in Canada. In the article, Quick discusses AGS Laboratories diamond grading research, his take on the state of diamond grading, the art of cutting a diamond, as well as "Esperanza," the diamond that recently made news after being discovered in Arkansas. Esperanza was cut and polished at AGS Laboratories, and according to Quick is "absolutely mesmerizing."
In the interview, Quick states that diamonds should not be considered as a commodity, but appreciated more for their artistry.
“To me, it makes a lot of sense to buy diamonds for what they are and to have their cut and beauty be part of that,” Quick explains. “Diamonds fall in the space of art—they are sculptures that are cut to be beautiful.”
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.