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Community News: Houston Jeweler Going Strong at 87

Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon has been in the jewelry industry for over 70 years. His membership with the American Gem Society began in 1964, and he has attended 56 Conclaves and counting! He was recently recognized by the Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas with its Pinnacle Awards of Excellence. Southern Jewelry News published an article about this honor and The Jewelry Judge. Click here to read the article. Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon Photo courtesy of Southern Jewelry News.

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Community News: AGS Members Listed as 2022 JA “20 Under 40” Honorees

AGS president Lisa Bridge, CG, and 10 other members were awarded a place in Jewelers of America’s “20 under 40 in Jewelry Retail” list in 2022. This award aims to honor up-and-coming leaders in the jewelry industry. Chad Berg with Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry Christian Bolling with Jeffery B. Jewelers Lisa Bridge, CG, with Ben Bridge Jeweler Amanda Coleman-Phelps, CGA, with Nelson Coleman Jewelers Joseph Corey with Day’s Jewelers Isabelle Corvin, CG, with Panowicz Jewelers Alexis Padis, CGA, with Padis Jewelry Constance Polamalu with Zachary’s Jewelers Lauren Priori with L. Priori Jewelry Trisha Kennedy-Thompson, CG, with Kennedy’s Jewelers Andrew Siegel

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Continue Your Success Story

Apply for a Scholarship From the Young Titleholders Ready to take the next step in furthering your professional career? The AGS Young Titleholders (YTs) are proud to offer two educational scholarships to help guide you on that journey. AGS Conclave Scholarships Conclave is one of the most sought-after education and networking events in the jewelry industry! This members-only event features leading national speakers and industry experts, teaching various topics ranging from gemological training to sales, leadership, HR, DEI, and marketing sessions. Members often tell us that Conclave is their favorite event of the year. Why? They not only value the

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Nominations Are Open for the 2023 Robert M. Shipley Award®!

The Robert M. Shipley Award is the most coveted honor in the AGS community. This celebrated recognition is presented to a deserving member who fits the following criteria: Nominee is a current or past member of the American Gem Society. Nominee has made specific accomplishments in gemology or is an advocate of the Society in the community. Nominee has performed exemplary service for and on behalf of the American Gem Society. Nominee has performed other industry service. Nominee has commendable personal ideals and character. Nominate a Member Take this opportunity to nominate an exemplary member of the AGS! Click the

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Kickstart Your Career: We’re Here to Help!

If your goal is to become an AGS Certified Gemologist® (CG), you won’t want to miss this opportunity! Elevate your career by applying for the American Gem Society (AGS) and GIA Beatrice Shipley Scholarship. AGS and GIA created the Beatrice Shipley Scholarship to honor Mrs. Shipley, wife of AGS and GIA founder, Robert M. Shipley. She was a significant contributor to the history and development of both organizations as a business partner and operations manager. The American Gem Society and GIA Beatrice Shipley Scholarship provides one candidate with a full scholarship to AGS education courses to earn their AGS Certified

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Community News: DAVID WEISZ Announces New Branded Experience

This legacy fine jewelry company is implementing the start of a “new era.” DAVID WEISZ began with humble beginnings in Satu Mare, Romania, in the early 1900s. David had a custom fine jewelry boutique that was shut down at the start of WWII. David’s son Herman was the sole survivor of the family, who gained possession of a parcel of diamonds from his father, which he managed to smuggle during the war. This remaining heirloom from his family gave Herman the strength and drive to reignite the business in New York. Herman formally established the DAVID WEISZ brand in 1949,

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Community News: Brandee Dallow to Join Grandview Klein Diamonds as Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer

Dallow spent 11 years at the Julius Klein Group and is returning after nearly a decade to lead the company in its marketing, public relations, B2B communications, and sustainable development programs.  Grandview Klein Diamonds (GKD), once part of the Julius Klein Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brandee Dallow as Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer, effective January 3, 2023. Dallow spent over 11 years at Julius Klein in the early onset of her career and is returning to the company as it looks towards the future/further growth and expansion. “It’s like returning to family,” Dallow said. “We have

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Questions Answered: The AGS Ideal® Report

An Interview with John Carter, CGA, Chair of the AGS Laboratories Advisory Committee The new AGS Ideal® Report brought to you by GIA marks a milestone in our history. Retailers now have the unparalleled AGS Light Performance, backed by the rigorous science of GIA’s diamond grading reports in one convenient suite of documents. Consumers now have additional knowledge about a diamond to purchase it with confidence. At a price tag of only US$25 for the supplemental digital report, the AGS Ideal® Report is a great way to add value to your sales presentation and give your customers added confidence about

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Community News: World’s Most Exquisite Gems Exclusive to Melbourne Museum

Pink Diamonds November 5, 2022–January 29, 2023 The largest collection of Australian pink diamonds to be shown in the world will transform the Dynamic Earth gallery at Melbourne Museum into a shimmering wonderland from November 5. Museums Victoria is partnering with New York-based LJ West Diamonds, one of the largest collectors of natural color diamonds in the world, to provide an exclusive opportunity for Australians and international visitors to marvel at pink diamonds. The Pink Diamonds exhibition will showcase more than 100 truly unique gemstones found in the Australian Kimberley region. Naturally colored diamonds have long been valued for their

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