American Gem Society’s Anniversary Party

The 2014 American Gem Society Conclave, which marks the group’s 80th year, takes San Diego by stormThe 600 retailers expected to attend this year’s American Gem Society Conclave, set for April 22–26 at the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, have a lot to be excited about. AGS celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, and the milestone will be reflected in the conference’s overall theme: “Be Different. Be Distinctive. Be Here.”The group is championing that message partly by bringing back “members-teaching-members” segments in which attendees can benefit from the “sharing of their successes and failures,” says Alethea Inns, director of gemology and education for AGS.For example, member Erica Courtney will share her experiences working in Hollywood and offer tips to help jewelers get exposure in their own markets, which they can use to drive traffic to their stor

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