The first time Jason Quick laid eyes on the Esperanza diamond, he was awestruck by the way light moved through the rough crystal. It was love at first sight, as he puts it, a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the 8.52-carat diamond unearthed at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park.
The search is on to find a replacement for Ruth Batson, CEO of American Gem Society (AGS) and AGS Laboratories following news she will retire next year. “Ruth will be a tough act to follow and we appreciate she has provided ample notice so we can transition the new CEO under her guidance,” said Louis Smith (Smithworks Fine Jewelry), who is leading the committee to replace Batson.
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has certified American Gem Society Laboratories (AGS Laboratories) against its 2013 code of practices (COP). “The provisions under the 2013 COP address important issues for our members and their supply chain,” said RJC executive director, Andrew Bone.
American Gem Society (AGS) is raising a glass to the 50th anniversary of its diamond grading standards. In 1966, the group launched the AGS Diamond Grading Standards Manual, which it says was the first published manual that included a grading system for all 4 Cs, including cut.
American Gem Society (AGS) has released its list of sponsors for its annual Conclave. Held April 13 to 16, Conclave is set to welcome members from all levels of the supply chain to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Washington, D.C.
International consultant, eight-time author, and former head of training at Disney University, Doug Lipp will present ‘The Magic of Exceptional Customer Service: Keep Plussing the Show.’ Drawing on his 30-plus years’ experience at Disney and in private practice, Lipp will share how the company overcame strategic challenges to turn itself around.