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Second-generation jeweller wins Shipley Award

The American Gem Society’s Robert M. Shipley Award has been presented to Craig Underwood. Photo courtesy AGS
The American Gem Society’s Robert M. Shipley Award has been presented to Craig Underwood.
Photo courtesy AGS

Craig Underwood, CGA, of Underwoods Fine Jewelers in Fayetteville, Ark., has received the Robert M. Shipley Award, the American Gem Society’s (AGS’) most prestigious honour.

An affiliate of the jewellery profession since 1975, Underwood is the second generation of his family to head the 62-year-old jewellery store. A graduate of Baylor University, he is past president of the AGS International Board of Directors, as well as chair of its Diamond Standards Committee, chair of its Gemological Sciences Committee, and founding chair of its Fancy Cut Grade Task Force.

He also served on the board of Jewelers for Children (JFC) and the AGS Jewelers Education Foundation and currently serves on Jewelers Mutual Group’s board of directors

Underwood was presented with the award on April 26 at the AGS’ annual conclave in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“Mr. Underwood received this honour based on his commitment to the jewellery industry, his community, and because of his service toward the American Gem Society over the years,” says Cathy Calhoun, CGA, past president of the AGS International Board of Directors.

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