Circle of Distinction Dinner
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Circle of Distinction Dinner

Each summer the American Gem Society hosts the Circle of Distinction Dinner at the prestigious Plaza Hotel. On this evening, the most prominent members of the jewelry industry gather to honor and recognize the achievements of their peers and colleagues.

Attending the dinner provides a unique opportunity to not only celebrate the evenings' honorees, but to mix and mingle with industry elites. It truly is networking at its finest! Plus, support of the dinner is another way to enhance the ongoing education and networking opportunities the American Gem Society is able to provide towards the betterment of the industry.

The American Gem Society would like to congratulate our 2019 honorees. Thank you for your incredible contribution to the jewelry industry.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Alan M. Zimmer

President & CEO, REEDS Jewelers, Inc.


AGS Triple Zero® Award

Caryl Capeci

CEO, Chow Tai Fook North America

Elliot Tannenbaum

Senior Principal, Leo Schachter Diamond Group

Ticket Prices

Tickets are available as follows:

Individual Ticket(s) - $495 each

Full Table (10 Seats) - $4,950 each



If you are an AGS Supplier or Sustaining Firm member, the above pricing may vary based on membership type.


The Plaza Hotel New York 
768 5th Ave 
New York, New York 10019 


July 30, 2019

Cocktail Reception:

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Dinner and Awards:

7:30-9:00 p.m.

Dancing, Cocktails and Dessert Bar:

9:00-10:00 p.m.


If you have additional questions, please email us at, or call one of the following:

Matt Dadey, Event Planner
866.805.6500 x1011

Lauren Ruggeroli, Director of Membership
866.805.6500 x1005

 Ad Type Rate
Inside Front Cover $4,800
Back Cover $4,800
Inside Back Cover $4,800
Full Page Color $3,900
Full Page B&W $3,300
Half Page Color $3,000
Half Page B&W $2,400


If you have questions regarding advertising, please email us at, or call one of the following:

Matt Dadey, Event Planner
866.805.6500 x1011

Lauren Ruggeroli, Director of Membership
866.805.6500 x1005

We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this year’s dinner!

Award Sponsor

Cocktail Reception Sponsor

Post-Dinner Cocktails
and Dessert Bar Sponsor


Premier Sponsors

Enhance your visibility during the event by taking advantage of a sponsorship opportunity. To learn more, please email us at, or call one of the following:

Matt Dadey, Event Planner
866.805.6500 x1011

Lauren Ruggeroli, Director of Membership
866.805.6500 x1005

AGS Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement award is one of the highest honors an individual may receive from the Society. The award was instituted to honor those who have made significant contributions to the industry throughout their career.

2018 Stephen Lussier
2017 Dr. James Shigley
2016 Dione Kenyon
2015 John Green, CGA
2014 Lee Berg
2013 Beryl Raff
2012 The Bridge Family
2011 David and Sybil Yurman
2010 Terry Burman
2008 John J. Kennedy
2007 Nathan R. Light
2006 Matthew G. Stuller
2005 Ronald R. Harder
2004 Matthew Runci
2003 G. Robert Crowningshield, CG
2002 Michael D. Roman
2001 Richard T. Liddicoat, ECG
2000 Alfred L. Woodill

AGS Triple Zero® Award

The AGS Triple Zero® Award recognizes members of the jewelry industry for their accomplishments and contributions. Award recipients are not required to be Society titleholders or members, but must have a record of service to the industry and must uphold the professional excellence and ethical standards of the Society.

2018 David A. Bouffard
Terry Chandler
2017 Myriam Gumuchian
Peter Engel
2016 Hank Siegel, CGA
Stewart Wicht
2015 Georgie Gleim, CG
Yancy Weinrich
2014 Doug Hucker, CGA
Joel Schechter
2013 Howard Hauben
The Bromberg Family
2012 Rob Bates
Mark Moeller, CGA
2011 Kathryn Kimmel
David L. Rocha
2010 Phyllis Bergman
Allen Brill
The Clark Family
2008 Anna Martin
Hugh Glenn
2007 Ellen Lacy, CGA
Tom Moses
2006 Thomas A. Andruskevich
Michael Bondanza
2005 William G. Underwood, CGA
The Green Family: John A. Green, Marc A. Green and Robert E. Green
2004 Mark & Candy Udell
George Holmes
2003 Lee Berg
Cecilia Gardner
The Kwiat Family:
David S. Kwiat, Lowell M. Kwiat, Sheldon F. Kwiat, and Jacques Roisen
2002 Bill Boyajian, CG
Ralph Destino
Richard Krementz, Jr.
Harold Tivol
2001 Helene Fortunoff
Laurie Hudson
Koichi Takahashi
Gabi Tolkowsky, RS
2000 Herb Bridge, CG & Bob Bridge
Leon Tempelsman
Lynn Diamond
Walter Fischer


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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

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