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AGS Lab to Restart Synthetics Grading
The American Gem Society (AGS) will resume grading synthetic diamonds after an eight-year pause.The group will offer digital reports for lab-grown stones as part of its Only My Diamond (OMD) platform, an online service to help...
Polished Markets Aug 04, 2020 Rapaport News
DPA Support Network
Jewelry Industry Groups Create Support Network
A number of trade groups have joined together in an effort to support small jewelry businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The Jeweler Support Network, created by the American Gem Society (AGS) and the Diamond Producers Association (DPA),...
Retail Mar 30, 2020 Rapaport News
AGS
AGS Calls Off Annual Conclave
The American Gem Society (AGS) has canceled its Conclave amid gathering restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.“The decision was made in light of a national state of emergency that was declared on Friday of last week and...
Polished Markets Mar 18, 2020 Rapaport News
WJA
WJA Campaign Targets Female Self-Purchasers
The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) has launched a new consumer-marketing campaign aimed at empowering women to buy jewelry for themselves.March Is Me Month will coincide with International Women’s Day, which takes place on March 8, as well as Women’s...
Retail Mar 03, 2020 Rapaport News
Jewelers of America (JA)
Ed Bridge to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor
Jewelers of America (JA) has named Ed Bridge, chairman of Ben Bridge Jeweler, as the recipient of its 2020 GEM Award for LifetimeAchievement. The GEM Awards honor the outstanding achievements ofindividuals or companies whose work raises...
Retail Sep 19, 2019 Rapaport News
GIA
GIA Names New Mineral Johnkoivulaite
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has confirmed anew mineral species discovered in Myanmar, which it has called johnkoivulaite. The organization named the substance in honor of renownedmicroscopist and GIA researcher John Koivula. The 40-year...
Polished Markets Sep 18, 2019 Rapaport News
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Kathryn Kimmel to Retire from GIA
Senior vice president and chief marketing officer KathrynKimmel will leave the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) after 29 years. A third-generation jewelry-industry member, Kimmel worked inretail, manufacturing and various other fields within the...
Polished Markets Aug 28, 2019 Rapaport News
GIA Scholarships
GIA, AGS Launch Beatrice Shipley Scholarship
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and its sisterorganization, the American Gem Society (AGS), have established a scholarship inhonor of the contributions made by Beatrice Shipley. Shipley, the wife of GIA and AGS founder Robert...
Polished Markets Jul 31, 2019 Rapaport News
AGC
Kelly Newton Receives AGS’s Shipley Award
The American Gem Society (AGS) has given Arkansas jeweler Kelly Newton its Robert M. Shipley award for his contributions to the industryand service to the organization. The third-generation owner and president of Newton’sJewelers has...
Polished Markets Apr 16, 2019 Rapaport News
Julius Klein 22-carat yellow diamond ring at 2019
Video Blog: Insights from AGS Conclave
Watch the third installment of our video blog from the American Gem Society’s annual Conclave in Seattle, Washington. Avi Krawitz, Rapaport News Editor andSenior Analyst, discusses what’s unique about the event, and...
Polished Markets Apr 11, 2019 Avi Krawitz
AGS
AGS Names Distinction-Award Honorees
The American Gem Society (AGS) will honor three industryleaders at its Circle of Distinction dinner, it said last week. Alan Zimmer, CEO of Reeds Jewelers, will receive theLifetime Achievement Award. Zimmer’s father opened Reeds...
Polished Markets Mar 25, 2019 Rapaport News
JA NYC
JA National Convention to Launch in July
Jewelers of America (JA) will launch its first NationalConvention in New York next July. The forum — open to jewelry professionals —will feature expert presentations and discussions on issues facing the US and international jewelry industry,...
Polished Markets Oct 28, 2018 Rapaport News
JA Marketing Campaign
JA to Launch Consumer Marketing Initiative
Jewelers of America (JA) has unveiled plans for anindustry-wide collaborative marketing campaign, aimed at increasing consumerinterest in jewelry. The new initiative will promote the unique and emotionalaspects of owning jewelry, as opposed to spending one’s disposable...
Marketing Oct 10, 2018 Rapaport News
Stephen Lussier
Forevermark Chief to Get Top AGS Honor
The American Gem Society (AGS) will honor three industryleaders at its Circle of Distinction dinner, it said last week. Stephen Lussier (pictured), CEO of De Beers’ Forevermark brand, will receivethe Lifetime Achievement Award. Lussier has...
Polished Markets May 22, 2018 Rapaport News
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Vegas to Host Panel on Colored Diamonds
The Natural Color Diamond Association (NCDIA) will hold aseminar during the upcoming JCK Las Vegas show, to be moderated by Rapaport Editor in Chief Sonia EstherSoltani.The series, which will discuss the benefits of naturaldiamonds and...
Polished Markets Apr 30, 2018 Rapaport News
AGS Awards 2017 James Shigley, Myriam Gumuchian, P
Shigley, Gumuchian and Engel Receive AGS Honors
The American Gem Society (AGS) honored three accomplishedfigures in the gem and jewelry industry at a ceremony in New York last week.Dr. James Shigley, a distinguished fellow of the GemologicalInstitute of America (GIA), picked up the Lifetime Achievement...
Polished Markets Jul 30, 2017 Rapaport News
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AGS Launches Upgraded Visual Diamond Report
The American Gem Society (AGS) introduced a tool thatenables diamond suppliers and retailers to show a stone’s specifications in an interactiveelectronic format.The ‘Only My Diamond’ platform, an upgrade to the AGSDiamond Quality report, allows an enhanced set of visuals and...
Polished Markets Jan 09, 2017 Rapaport News
Katherine Bodoh AGS
American Gem Society Names New CEO
The American Gem Society (AGS) promoted Katherine Bodoh to chief executive officer, effective March 1.Bodoh (pictured), currently the organization’s deputy executive director, will succeed Ruth Batson, who announced her retirement in February.Bodoh...
Polished Markets Dec 11, 2016 Rapaport News
AGS
American Gem Society Elects President, Unveils Board
The American Gem Society (AGS) elected Scott Berg aspresident of the society’s board of directors, succeeding Louis Smith.Berg, a certified gemologist at Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry inBaton Rouge, Los Angeles, will hold the position...
Polished Markets Apr 19, 2016 Rapaport News
Dione Kenyon
American Gem Society to Honor Dione Kenyon with Lifetime Achievement Award
The American GemSociety (AGS) will honor three figures in the jewelry industry at its annualCircle of Distinction dinner on July 26 at the Plaza Hotel in New York.Dione Kenyon, president of the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT),will receive the...
Polished Markets Feb 23, 2016 Rapaport News
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