a·g·s | ā-ˈjē-ˈes
American Gem Society: a professional organization formed in 1934 by several independent jewelers and the founder of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
AGS was founded to protect consumers from deceitful and faulty advertising, and to set and maintain ethical standards and practices within the industry. In order to join the AGS there are a specific set of requirements one must follow. Every member must comply with the peer-reviewed application procedures prior to a yearly recertification exam. AGS is the nation's leading jewelry trade organization dedicated to consumer protection. AGS and its laboratories are focused on maintaining high standards of ethical performance and professional behavior in exchanges within the various segments of the jewelry industry.