The American Gem Society is the country’s preeminent jewelry trade organization dedicated to consumer protection. Founded by Robert M. Shipley and several other leading jewelers and gemologists in 1934, the American Gem Society is a not-for-profit trade association of over 3,500 jewelers, retailers, suppliers, individual titleholders and affiliates. These members have dedicated themselves to:
· Consumer protection
· Ethical business practices
· Development and maintenance of superior gemological skills and knowledge
To qualify for membership in the American Gem Society, a firm must meet the highest standards of business conduct. A member firm can, and will be, expelled for unethical or deceptive practices. To ensure excellence in our Society, individuals must pass examinations on diamonds and colored gemstones before advertising their AGS membership. Every member firm must have at least one Certified Gemologist on staff, the highest accreditation in the jewelry industry. This process ensures that every AGS-certified jeweler you meet is at the top of their game, and more importantly, each one has pledged to protect you, the consumer.