AGS @ 75

The American Gem Society, the jewelry and gem trades' professional guild, celebrates its 75th anniversary this month at its 2009 Conclave in Chicago, site of its first Conclave. AGS has been a leader in professional, ethical, and educational standards for its members since its 1934 founding. It trains and certifies jewelers, gemologists, and jewelry appraisers and brings them and suppliers together at its annual instructional Conclaves. Its AGS Laboratory specializes in diamond grading and has its own cut, color, and clarity standards. In this special report, JCK looks at "AGS at 75," including its beginnings and a look ahead. The early 20th century saw widespread gemological ignorance in the U.S. jewelry trade, with almost no access to training. It wasn't unusual, for instance, for jewelers to mistake any red stone for a ruby or use vague diamond terminology. Reacting to this, j

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