AGS/GIA Beatrice Shipley Scholarship

The American Gem Society (AGS) has received a generous grant from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to help fund GIA education for one deserving AGS member. This grant has been named the AGS/GIA Beatrice Shipley Scholarship, in honor of Beatrice Shipley, the first CEO of both AGS and GIA.

GIA will fund the full cost for an on-campus Graduate Gemologist Program in New York or Carlsbad to complement the full scholarship for the AGS Certified Gemologist® title, funded by AGS.

In the 1930s, Beatrice Shipley’s husband, Robert M. Shipley had two goals for the jewelry industry: to create an educational institute, and to develop a national guild of ethical, knowledgeable jewelers that became GIA and AGS respectively. Robert M. Shipley’s vision was to professionalize the entire U.S. jewelry trade. As is the case with many visionaries, he needed a practical, level-headed, organized partner to make that vision a reality.

Beatrice oversaw finances and daily operations for both organizations and enabled her husband’s vision to become a reality with her sense of order, integrity, and discipline. Beatrice Shipley was an excellent businesswoman at a time when there were few women in business and was so financially astute that even during the Great Depression of the 1930s, investment brokers sometimes called her for advice. Her astuteness during those years was critical to the survival and success of both AGS and GIA today.

Like all great partnerships, Mr. and Mrs. Shipley were in the truest sense fully complementary, each adding to the other’s strengths. Beatrice Shipley’s financial insights, rigorous procedures, and steadfast support of Mr. Shipley’s mission are part of the shared institutional DNA between the AGS and GIA. Like the Shipley’s, the strengths of AGS and GIA complement each other.

The AGS and GIA are thrilled that our two organizations, with similar missions of protecting the public and ensuring the professionalism of the gem and jewelry trade, continue to work closely together to complement each other and become stronger and more successful each year.

AGS members who would like to earn the AGS Certified Gemologist® (CG) title, and are in good standing, are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Details regarding the 2020 scholarship are coming soon! If you have questions, please contact




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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