The Jewelry Insider

May 10, 2005


American Gem
Society – AGS

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.

American Gem Trade
Association – AGTA

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is an association of North American
trade professionals dedicated to promoting the long term stability and integrity
of the natural colored gemstone, pearl, and cultured pearl industry.

CIBJO – The World Jewellery
Confederation – CIBJO

CIBJO is an international confederation of national jewellery trade
organizations. CIBJO’s purpose is to encourage harmonisation, promote
international cooperation in the jewellery industry, and to consider issues,
which concern the trade worldwide. Foremost among these is to protect consumer
confidence in the industry. CIBJO pursues these objectives through informed
deliberation, decisions reached in accordance with its statutes, and proactive
communications with member national organizations and the trade.

The Diamond
Council Of America – DCA

The Diamond Council of America (DCA) was founded in 1944 as a forum to
educate jewelry sales professionals about diamonds and gems. This not-for-profit
organization provides the professional jeweler with an opportunity to earn a
certification in diamonds and gemstones through distance education, and gives
salespeople the knowledge and training necessary to make them successful.

The Diamond Promotion Service

The Diamond Promotion Service, a department of the J. Walter Thompson
advertising agency, provides marketing, merchandising and education support to
the jewelry industry. The Diamond Promotion Service serves as an expert
marketing resource for retail jewelers, from single-store operations to national
chains. DPS helps retailers plan marketing strategy, advertise, train staff,
merchandise diamond jewelry, and synchronize their efforts with “A Diamond is
Forever” national campaigns.

Gemological Institute of
America – GIA

Established in 1931, the Gemological Institute of America is the world’s
foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. GIA exists to
protect all purchasers of gemstones, by providing the education, laboratory
services, research, and instruments needed to accurately and objectively
determine gemstone quality.

ICA – International
Colored Gemstone Association – ICA

The International Colored Gemstone Association, headquartered in New York
City and operating additional “GemBureaus” in Idar-Oberstein and Dubai, is the
nonprofit trade association that represents the international colored gemstone

International Gemological
Institute – IGI

The International Gemological Institute (IGI) is the largest independent
laboratory for grading and valuating diamonds and fine jewelry, and is renowned
for its quality services, extensive experience and expertise. IGI, the oldest
institute of its kind in Antwerp, was founded in 1975 and along with its sister
laboratories, is one of the leading gemological institutions worldwide. IGI is
also the only international certification lab wholly owned and controlled by one
central governing body, which ensures consistency in IGI reports across the

Jewelers Of America-

Jewelers of America is the national trade association for businesses serving
the fine jewelry retail marketplace, representing 11,000 member stores. Jewelers
of America’s primary purpose is to improve consumer confidence in the jewelry
industry by: serving as a forum for discussion and analysis of issues; playing a
leadership role in public, government and industry affairs; advocating
professionalism, including high ethical, social and environmental standards; and
facilitating members’ access to education.

The Jewelers Board
Of Trade- JBT

The Jewelers Board of Trade is dedicated to the welfare of its members and
the jewelry industry overall, providing industry specific credit information,
collections and marketing services.

Jewelers For
Children – JFC

As the industry’s charity, Jewelers for Children (JFC) is generously
supported by those who create and sell fine jewelry and watches. Manufacturers,
retail jewelers, trade associations, watch companies and those who provide
professional services to the jewelry industry unite on behalf of children.

Security Alliance – JSA

A non-profit trade association with 21,000 members that has been providing
crime information and assistance to the jewelry industry and law enforcement
since 1883. JSA fulfills its mission of informing and alerting jewelers about
crime through frequent E-Mail Crime Alerts and print publication, a web site,
seminars and consulting activities.

Jewelers Vigilance
Committee – JVC

The Jewelers Vigilance Committee was formed in 1912 to provide education and
self-regulation to the jewelry industry.

The National
Association of Jewelry Appraisers – NAJA

The Association’s primary purpose is to recognize, and make available, the
services of highly qualified, informed, experienced, independent, and
professional appraisers of gems and jewelry to those members of the public
requiring such expertise. In addition, NAJA seeks to promote the trademark and
professional designations earned by our members and to make available continuing
educational materials in order to ensure that they are among the best informed
appraisers in our industry.

Natural Color Diamond
Association – NCDIA

With a membership drawn from among the world’s most prominent rough color
diamond producers, diamond and jewelry manufacturers, and retailers with
established networks, NCDIA is the preeminent public advocate for natural color

Alliance International – PAI

Formed in March 2006 with offices in the U.S. and China, Palladium Alliance
International (PAI) is the world’s first organization dedicated to establishing
Palladium as a luxurious, precious and distinctive metal. To promote this idea,
PAI provides education, marketing and technical support, and a vision for the
advancement of Palladium.

Platinum Guild
International – PGI

Platinum Guild International (PGI) is an organization dedicated to inspiring
a passion for platinum that ensures it is the precious jewelry of choice. PGI
suppies information, practical advice and expertise to help jewelry buyers make
informed and inspired decisions. We also offer the jewelry trade specialist
knowledge and resources, with the aim of providing customers a high level of
help and advice in store.

The Silver

The Silver Institute is a nonprofit international association that draws its
membership from across the breadth of the silver industry. This includes leading
silver mining houses, refiners, bullion suppliers, manufacturers of silver
products and wholesalers of silver investment products. Established in 1971, the
Institute serves as the industry’s voice in increasing public understanding of
the many uses and values of silver.

World Diamond
Council – WDC

The ultimate mandate for the World Diamond Council is the development,
implementation and oversight of a tracking system for the export and import of
rough diamonds to prevent the exploitation of diamonds for illicit purposes such
as war and inhumane acts.

World Gold Council –

Founded in 1987, the World Gold Council is an organization formed and funded
by the world’s leading gold mining companies with the aim of stimulating and
maximizing the demand for, and holding of, gold by consumers, investors,
industry, and the official sector. As well as undertaking marketing initiatives
to drive demand, the World Gold Council is also instrumental in working to lower
regulatory barriers to the widespread ownership of gold products, helping to
develop distribution systems and promoting the role of gold as a reserve asset
in the official sector.

Women’s Jewelry
Association – WJA

The Women’s Jewelry Association empowers women to achieve their highest goals
in the international jewelry, watch and related businesses.

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