Representatives of the American Gem Society and the American Gem Society Laboratories, LLC introduced a new diamond grading document, the Diamond Quality Certificate, to attendees of the AGS International Conclave 2007 in Denver, Colo.
Available exclusively to AGS retail members, the DQC is a guarantee of authenticity and performance by the jeweler.
“The DQC is validated at the retail level, making it the first certificate ever to connect the jeweler to the consumer,” said Bill Underwood, CGA of Underwood’s Jewelers. “This certificate furthermore guarantees the consumer a face-to-face consultation with an American Gem Society titleholder, a professionally trained jeweler/gemologist. The consumer can then be more confident in their diamond buying decision.”
The DQC cannot be issued for diamonds sold via the Internet and must be signed by an American Gem Society titleholder in the presence of the consumer. The American Gem Society Laboratories will grade diamonds qualifying for the DQC.
“By publishing this signed document, AGS Laboratories’ DQC meets the legal definition of a certificate,” said Cecilia Garner, president and CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee.