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Grib rough diamond
AGD Unearths 50ct. Diamond at Grib
AGD Diamonds has recovered a 50.36-carat, gem-quality diamond from its Grib mine in Arkhangelsk, Russia.The stone, which the miner unearthed last week, is its second-largest find this year. In January, it uncovered a diamond weighing 86.46...
Mining Apr 21, 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
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
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
AGS 150
AGS Conclave: Bricks, Clicks and Magic Tricks
Attendeesat this year’s annual American Gem Society Conclave, which took place April 23to 25 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, received an intense educationcovering a wide spectrum of industry issues, from lab-grown diamonds to salesdata and...
Polished Markets May 24, 2018 Jennifer Heebner
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
NCDIA 150
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
Cathy Calhoun honored by AGS
AGS Honors Former President Cathy Calhoun
The American Gem Society (AGS) has presented former head Cathy Calhoun with its prestigious Robert M. Shipley Award for her service to the organization and the wider industry. Calhoun, of Calhoun Jewelers, served...
Retail Apr 12, 2017 Rapaport News
diamonds
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
Ruth Batson AGS
Ruth Batson to Retire as American Gem Society CEO
Ruth Batson, chief executive officer ofthe American Gem Society (AGS) and AGS Laboratories, will retire after 23years, with her departure scheduled for the summer of 2017.The AGS board of directors will form...
Polished Markets Feb 09, 2016 Rapaport News
AGS Labs
AGS Laboratories Offers Grading Reports for Diamonds Set into Jewelry
American Gem Society (AGS) Laboratories has begun offeringgrading reports for diamonds set into jewelry, it said in a statement thismonth.The Mounted Diamond Evaluation Reports include color andclarity grades; total carat weight as provided by the...
Polished Markets Jan 17, 2016 Rapaport News
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