American Gem Society – AGS was founded in 1934 by Sir Robert M. Shipley, Founder of GIA - the Gemological Institute of America, and a group of leading jewelers.
The goal was to create an organization that would help the jewelry-buying public avoid fraud and false advertising.
About 3,400 jewelers, retailers, suppliers, and business owners have joined the Gemological Association of America. Only one in twenty jewelers met the required requirements.
To join AGS, each member must go through a registration process. It is then assessed by an annual recertification exam. This process ensures that every member of AGS is at all times following the same “rules of the game” and more importantly is confident in its commitment to consumer protection.
The American Gem Society is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to establishing, maintaining, and promoting the highest standards of ethics and professionalism through education, accreditation, recertification of membership, gemological standards and gemological research.
The association is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect consumers and to contribute to the improvement of commerce by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry buying public and the jewelry industry. America.
AGS Laboratories was established to support AGS's mission to have its more than 1100 members comply with the Responsible Jewelery Council (RJC) Certified. AGS Laboratories is a non-profit diamond grading laboratory with a mission to protect consumers.
Complying with AGS diamond grading standards, AGS Laboratories specializes in diamond grading reports that provide consistency and science-based accuracy.
Source: American Gem Society – AGS