The American Gem Society was established in 1934 by a select group of independent jewelers and Robert M. Shipley, founder of the prestigious school of gemology, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
It was their vision to create an association dedicated to setting and maintaining the highest possible standards of business ethics and professionalism in the jewelry industry. Today, American Gem Society members continue their dedication to ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection. To learn more about the AGS, click here.
To ensure our members practice the highest standard of business ethics, the Society prohibits certain business practices, including:
Any member found in violation of the Society's code of ethics is subject to investigation and possible expulsion.