As a member of the American Gem Society (AGS), you have access to a variety of exclusive events, programs and services. Here are a few of the advantages of your membership:
- Certified Gemologist®, CG
- Registered Supplier, RS
AGS awards professional credentials, known as Titles, designating members as skilled professionals once they have completed comprehensive gemological studies and courses on ethics and business practices. Additionally, each Titleholder is recertified annually. An AGS credential serves as a testament to buyers that they are purchasing from an ethical and knowledgeable supplier.
“The contacts I’ve made through the AGS have made a significant impact on the growth of my business, and the ongoing education has
enhanced my career. I’ve made lasting business relationships through the American Gem Society, which I value greatly.”
– Ronnie VanderLinden, Diamex, Inc.
PROFESSIONAL CONSUMER MARKETING SUPPORT
AGS utilizes a dynamic mix of print and digital advertising, PR, publications, online and social media marketing. The goal:
create awareness among AGS retailers on the importance of purchasing from a credentialed AGS supplier and drive traffic to
“Supplier Spotlight,” a feature in the quarterly Spectra and monthly e-newsletter, Spectra Update, places you front and center with AGS retailers. The exclusive American Gem Society Membership Directory provides vital information you need to contact influencers at AGS retail stores. Our social media highlights your beautiful jewelry to an audience of over 600,000, which includes consumers—and AGS and trade retailers.
CONTINUING EDUCATION AND NETWORKING
Members are invited to attend the American Gem Society’s annual Conclave, the industry’s premier networking and educational event. Throughout the year, we offer continuing education webinars, as well as meetings hosted by the regional Guilds and member groups, such as the Young Titleholders, to advance their education and networking.
Each summer, the American Gem Society hosts the Circle of Distinction Dinner. On this evening, the most prominent members of the jewelry industry gather to honor and recognize the achievements of their peers and colleagues.
Both Conclave and the Circle of Distinction are great ways to meet decision makers at AGS retail firms.
“What first stood out to me about being an AGS titleholder is the networking and relationships I can develop with people, who are to me, the smartest in the industry. The outlet for these opportunities is Conclave. I’ve always said it’s the best-kept secret in the industry.”
– John Carter, CGA, Jack Lewis Jewelers