Circles of Power: JCK’s 2014 List of 15 Trailblazing Trade Groups

15 organizations and industry associations that keep the jewelry business spinningWhile the jewelry industry has many—some say too many—associations, the 15 we’re spotlighting here are the most ­prominent and powerful, helping trade members connect with each other, protect themselves and their businesses, raise the bar on ethics, and bring their messages to the outside world. In truth, it would be hard to imagine our industry without them.American Gem Society (AGS)Since 1934, the American Gem Society, established by GIA founder Robert M. Shipley, has been unwavering in its two-pronged mission—to protect the public from unethical jewelry practices and to advance gemological education. The trade association’s 3,500-strong membership is primarily composed of jewelry retailers who adhere to AGS’ high standards for gemological knowledge and ethics, but also includes suppliers and

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