AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY (AGS)
Protecting the consumer since 1934
When you work with a jeweler who is a member of the American Gem Society, you are working with a knowledgeable and credentialed expert in gems and jewelry who adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards. Only a very small percentage of jewelers nationwide have met the exacting standards for membership in the American Gem Society. It should be noted that all American Gem Society titleholders with designations must be recertified annually! Venus Jewelers is a proud member of the American Gem Society and its principal, Peter Stavrianidis, holds the highest designation of the American Gem Society as a Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA). All the employees of Venus Jewelers hold the designation of Certified Sales Associate (CSA) administered by the American Gem Society. “Shop with the best – a jewelry expert and member of the American Gem Society”.
JEWELERS OF AMERICA (JA)
Jewelers of America is the national association for the retail jeweler. JA is both a center of knowledge for the jeweler and an advocate to professionalism and high social, ethical and environmental standards in the jewelry trade. The JA mission is to assist all members in improving their business skills and profitability. JA provides access to meaningful educational programs and services, leadership in public and industry affairs, and encourages members with common interests to act in their and the industry’s best interest.
INDEPENDENT JEWELERS ORGANIZATION (IJO)
The Master IJO Jewelers is an elite group of retailers hand-selected for membership from all those who apply. As a Master IJO Jeweler, members receive benefits such as expert training, allowing them to update their knowledge, skills and experience to help the consumer make a confident jewelry purchase. Group purchasing power allows Master IJO Jewelers to pass a significant savings on to their customers while maintaining the highest quality products they have come to know. And the fact that IJO Jewelers are active members of their communities means they strive to offer an unsurpassed level of service. Master IJO Jewelers adhere to an ethical code-of-conduct offering the honesty, trust, integrity and “Brilliance You Deserve” which no other jeweler can provide.
AMERICAN GEM TRADE ASSOCIATION
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is an association of United States and Canadian trade professionals dedicated to promoting the long term stability and integrity of the natural colored gemstone and Cultured Pearl industries. The Association pursues its goals through the combined use of educational programs, publicity, industry events, government and industry relations, and printed materials for both the trade and consumer. The AGTA is well-known in the gemstone and jewelry industries for maintaining the highest ethical standards.
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS (ISA)
The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) is a not-for-profit, member driven association, formed to support its member needs and serve the public by producing highly qualified and ethical appraisers who are recognized authorities in personal property appraising. ISA’s professional development and credentialing programs, along with its strong code of ethics and professional conduct, serve as the foundation for the organizational mission – to advance the professionalism and effectiveness of personal property appraisers.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JEWELRY APPRAISERS (NAJA)
The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers is the largest international organization in the world that is dedicated solely to individuals having an active interest in the valuation and appraising of gems and jewelry. It, therefore, provides an exclusive and common meeting ground for all involved. The Association’s primary purpose is to recognize and make available the services of highly qualified, informed, experienced and independent appraisers of gems and jewelry to those persons requiring expertise that may be relied upon as an expressional opinion of value.
JEWELERS VIGILANCE COMMITTEE (JVC)
As a member of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, we pledge our company and all of its employees are committed to full compliance with all of the laws and regulations which pertain to the manufacture, sale and advertising of jewelry products. We are committed not only to compliance, but to making efforts to educate ourselves and our staff in the latest changes in the law, and communicating our commitment to compliance in all of our transactions with our suppliers and customers. We make this pledge in the interests of upholding the ethics and integrity of the jewelry industry.
NEW JERSEY JEWELERS ASSOCIATION (NJJA)