Credentialed Jeweler
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  • When shopping for something as rare and precious as jewelry, you want to feel confident about your purchase. Does your jeweler undergo an annual recertification? Learn more about credentialed jewelers here. http://www.ags.org/whattolookforin #knowYourJeweler #askforags
  • An engagement ring symbolizes love and commitment. Something so precious is an important purchase. Before you buy a ring—or any piece of fine jewelry—do a little research on the jeweler. A reputable, credentialed jeweler who adheres to a code of high business standards and ethics is one way you can assure a great diamond-buying experience! http://www.ags.org/agscodeofethics
  • When shopping for colored gemstone jewelry, a knowledgeable, certified American Gem Society (AGS) jeweler can clarify the value of the gems and explain any differences in pricing. Plus you can shop more comfortably knowing that any modifications or enhancements to your gem will be fully disclosed. Learn more about AGS credentials: http://www.ags.org/whattolookforin
  • Credentialed American Gem Society (AGS) jewelers who regularly update their education and certification, and have reputations as leaders in the fine jewelry industry, are more likely to endure and be there for any service needs over the years as you wear and enjoy your jewelry. Shopping smarter means you can rest assured that you will be able to get high-quality customer service long after your initial purchase. Learn more about AGS credentials: http://www.ags.org/whattolookforin
  • When you work with a credentialed jeweler that you trust, you can rest assured that what you have purchased is represented fairly, your jeweler conducts business ethically, and that they are committed to their ongoing professional development. The American Gem Society is the only jewelry association that offers professional credentials. http://www.ags.org/whattolookforin
  • Registered Jeweler (RJ): I'm an American Gem Society (AGS) Registered Jeweler (RJ). In order to earn this title, I completed all the required coursework and classroom study by the AGS, along with written and practical exams in diamond grading. I must also pass a Recertification exam each year in order to keep my title, ensuring that I'm staying up-to-date on the latest skills and knowledge in jewelry. An RJ title lets you know that the jeweler you are working with truly understands jewelry, diamonds and gemstones, and have proven their commitment to their community and the highest standards of ethical practice. 
  • Registered Jeweler (RJ): Our store has team members with the title of Registered Jeweler (RJ). In order to earn this title, they completed the required coursework and classroom study by the American Gem Society (AGS), along with written and practical exams in diamond grading. They must also pass a Recertification exam each year in order to keep their title, ensuring that they are staying up-to-date on the latest skills and knowledge in jewelry. An RJ title lets you know that the jeweler you are working with truly understands jewelry, diamonds and gemstones, and have proven their commitment to their community and the highest standards of ethical practice.
  • Certified Gemologist® (CG): I'm an American Gem Society (AGS) Certified Gemologist (CG). A CG has taken advanced studies in diamonds and colored gemstones. Every year, I must pass an annual Recertification exam, ensuring I am staying on top of my game with the necessary skills and knowledge of our industry. If you are shopping with an American Gem Society CG, you are working with a master of diamond, gemstone and precious metal testing procedures.
  • Certified Gemologist® (CG): Our store has team members with the title of Certified Gemologist (CG). A CG has taken advanced studies in diamonds and colored gemstones from the American Gem Society (AGS). Every year, they must pass an annual Recertification exam, ensuring that they are staying on top of their game with the necessary skills and knowledge of our industry. If you are shopping with an AGS CG, you are working with a master of diamond, gemstone and precious metal testing procedures.
  • Certified Gemologist® Appraiser (CGA): When you see a "CGA" title after a jeweler's name, it means they are an American Gem Society Certified Gemologist Appraiser. I'm proud to be one! This title is the most highly regarded among peers in the jewelry industry. It certifies that I can identify diamonds, gemstones and jewelry, and determine their value. In order to earn this title, I must have advanced training and experience in determining the value of diamonds and gemstones. To maintain my title, I must pass an annual Recertification exam, verifying I have the necessary skills and knowledge of our industry.
  • Certified Gemologist® Appraiser (CGA): When you see a "CGA" title after a jeweler's name, it means they are an American Gem Society Certified Gemologist Appraiser. This title is the most highly regarded among peers in the jewelry industry. It certifies that this person can identify diamonds, gemstones and jewelry, and determine their value. In order to earn this title, the associate requires advanced training and experience in determining the value of diamonds and gemstones. To stay on top of their game, our titleholders must pass an annual Recertification exam, verifying they have the necessary skills and knowledge of our industry.
  • Independent Certified Gemologist® Appraiser (ICGA): I'm proud to be an ICGA! What does that mean? When you see an "ICGA" title after a jeweler's name, it means they are an American Gem Society Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser. This title represents those whose sole business is appraising. ICGAs do not purchase or sell diamonds, gemstones or jewelry. To receive this certification, the ICGA has completed all the requirements for RJ, CG and CGA. Plus, we have completed an extensive course in personal property appraising. We must not only complete the annual Recertification exam, but also submit proof of continuing education in our field every five years.

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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.

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