Victoria Jewelers is proud to be a member of the American Gem Society (AGS).
Being a member of this prestigious group means that we have dedicated ourselves to consumer protection, ethical business practices, and development and maintenance of superior gemological skills and knowledge.
What is the American Gem Society?
Founded in 1934 by a small group of leading jewelers, the goal of the American Gem Society was to protect the jewelry-buying public from fraud and false advertising. Today, it is one of the oldest and most respected jewelry associations in the world.
There are only approximately 3,400 jewelers, retailers, suppliers, individual titleholders and affiliates who have been accepted into the exclusive group that make up the American Gem Society. That’s only a small percentage – about 5% – of all jewelers, designers, appraisers, and suppliers nationwide.
AGS Membership Requirements
Only one in twenty jewelers meet the standards for membership in the AGS.
To join the AGS, every member must go through a peer-reviewed application process followed by an annual recertification exam.
Members must also meet these rigid requirements:
- The owners, principals, or employees must have a high level of gemological knowledge. This includes having studied and completed the diamonds course from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
- They must hold a reputation for unquestioned integrity in the business community and must be operated in a way that will enhance the confidence of the public in the jewelry industry.
- The owners and principals must demonstrate that they are genuinely interested in high business ethics and the firm exemplifies this belief.
- They must be a retail or supplier jewelry business that has been established for at least two years and has demonstrated financial stability.
Benefits of the AGS for You
The process outlined above ensures that every AGS member you meet is at the top of their game, and more importantly, each one has pledged to protect you, the consumer.
At Victoria Jewelers, we take this commitment very seriously and we strive to provide the best value for you. Whether you’re searching for a stunning necklace or a custom engagement ring, you can count on the staff at Victoria Jewelers to help educate you on the true value of the diamonds or other gems you select.
If you have any questions about Victoria Jewelers or the designer and custom jewelry we provide, give us a call today at (407) 895-0047.