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AGS Membership

Buying Jewelry from a Trusted Jeweler

There’s a reason the American Gem Society is one of the most respected jewelry associations in the world. Only one out of twenty jewelers, designers, appraisers and suppliers in the U.S. and Canada have met the standards for membership. Maybe we are high maintenance, but ask any of our members and they’ll tell you, we are worth it.

At the American Gem Society, we stand up for consumers, we stand up for ethical business practices, and we’re always looking for new members to stand up with us. For a jewelry store to become a member, it must meet our list of rigid requirements:

  • The jewelry store owners, principals, or employees must have completed an accredited or graduate program from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or Gem-A (the Gemmological Association of Great Britain). In addition, they must have completed further studies with the American Gem Society.
  • The jewelry store must hold a reputation for unquestioned integrity in the business community and must be operated in a way that will enhance the confidence of the public in the jewelry industry.
  • The owners and principals must demonstrate that they are genuinely interested in operating their business in accordance with the highest ethical standards and that the firm exemplifies this belief.
  • The jewelry store must have been in the retail, supplier, or independent appraisal business for at least two years and must demonstrate financial stability.

Our store is at a level of commitment, knowledge and integrity in our business dealings and are proud of our membership with the American Gem Society.