The American Gem Society was established in 1934 by a select group of independent jewelers and Robert M. Shipley, founder of the prestigious school of gemology, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
It was their vision to create an association dedicated to setting and maintaining the highest possible standards of business ethics and professionalism in the jewelry industry. Today, American Gem Society members continue their dedication to ethics, knowledge and consumer protection.
American Gem Society members are knowledgeable and credentialed experts in gems and jewelry. They adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards. Shop with the best — a jewelry expert and member of the American Gem Society.
Individual membership with the AGS requires continued employment with an American Gem Society Firm Member. Each titleholder also must successfully complete an annual Re-certification Exam to maintain the title. American Gem Society individual titles include:
1. Registered Jeweler,
2. Registered Supplier,
3. Certified Gemologist,
4. Certified Gemologist Appraiser, and
5. Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser.
A firm or company must have been in business a minimum of two years and maintain at least one full-time employee who is an American Gem Society titleholder. The firm also agree to possess the required gemological equipment appropriate to its category of membership. Member firms include:
1. Retail Firm: engaged primarily in the sale of jewelry to the consumer and does not operate as a wholesaler or pawnbroker.
2. Supplier Firm: engaged primarily in the sale and/or manufacturing of jewelry to the retailer.
3. ICGA Firm: engaged primarily in the evaluation and valuation of jewelry and does not partake in the sale or purchase of jewelry.