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Tobin Jewelers places the highest value on providing the highest standard of business ethics and providing customers with a personalized shopping experience. Because of this dedication, Tobin Jewelers was awarded mem- bership in the American Gem Society – an honor reserved only for a small percentage of jewelers.


What Is the American Gem Society?


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 Soci- ety members continue their dedication to ethics, knowledge and consumer protection.

The Most Knowledgeable Professionals, AGS Members:

Only a small percentage of those who apply for membership in the American Gem Society are awarded membership. In order for a firm to become a member of the American Gem Society they must meet the following criteria:
  • The firm owners, principals, or employees must have a high level of gemological knowledge. This includes having at least one full-time employee who has studied and completed an Accredited or Graduate Program from the GIA or Gemological Association of Great Britain. This individual must hold a title of Registered Jeweler, Certified Gemologist, or Certified Gemologist Appraiser.

  • The firm 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 busi- ness ethics and the firm exemplifies this belief.

  • The firm must be a retail or supplier jewelry business that has been established for at least two years and has demonstrated financial stability.
Source:www.AmericanGemSociety.org
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