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Jewelry Trade Associations in the US

Below is a list of industry associations and organisations connected to the jewelry trade in the United States. Inevitably there are overlapping areas, but can be categorised as:

  • Gemological Associations - Usually dedicated to education in gemstones and diamonds.
  • Appraiser Associations - Education and training is a large part of most of these associations activities. They are typically involved with the marketing of members' appraisal services too.
  • Retail Jeweler Associations - These typically are involved in promoting jewelry and watches and protecting their members' interests. There are usually few criteria required for membership, but some offer extensive training courses to set their membership apart from retail jewelers who are not within their organisation. Some offer stores specialist financial services and third-party discount facilities.
  • Industry Support Organisations - These organisations are not involved in promoting any sector of the industry but offer legal guidance and mediation services to all areas of the gem and jewelry trade.
  • Ancillary Industry Associations - These are associations that are connected to gem and jewelry appraisal obliquely, for example, training and governing bodies dealing with Expert Witnesses

The American Jewelry Industry Associations shown below, are arranged alphabetically.

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Accredited Gemologists Association

San Diego, California, USA

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AGA has a rich history of connecting practicing gemologists with cutting edge gemological science, new gem finds, and issues facing the industry through timely and important presentations at conferences in Tucson and Las Vegas.

The Accredited Gemologists Association is an organization of all beliefs and cultures and share a common bond of the love of gemstones and gemology. As a professional peer society, they believe in excellence and are dedicated to establishing the highest ethical and professional standards of practice. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization ... [more info, fees, reviews etc]

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American Society of Appraisers

Reston, Virginia, USA

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The American Society of Appraisers is a world renowned and respected international organization devoted to the appraisal profession. As the oldest and only major appraisal organization representing gems & jewelry appraisers and all other appraisal specialists, ASA is dedicated to providing the highest possible standards in all areas of ethics, professionalism, education and designation criteria.

Their mission is to foster the public trust of their members and the appraisal profession through compliance with the highest levels of ethical and professional ... [more info, fees, reviews etc]

Jewelers Vigilance Committee

Jewelers Vigilance Committee

New York, New York, USA

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Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has been the recognized source for legal compliance information in the jewelry industry since 1917. JVC is a non-profit organization that uniquely serves every link along the jewelry supply chain through legal guidance, industry guardianship and member education. For over 100 years, JVC's sole focus has been helping jewelers build flourishing businesses that operate with the highest levels of integrity, ethics and legal and regulatory compliance.

Members have access to education on topics applicable to all sectors of the jewelry... [more info, fees etc]

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National Association of Jewelry Appraisers

Rego Park, New York, USA

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National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) founded in 1981 on the premise that the specialized field of gem and jewelry appraising was an area that was long overdue for representation on a professional basis. There was a need for an appraisal organization focused solely on gems and jewelry.

The Association’s primary purpose is to recognize, and make available, the services of highly qualified, informed, experienced, and professional gemologist appraisers of gems and jewelry to the public requiring such expertise. In addition, NAJA seeks to ... [more info, fees, reviews etc]

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Appraisers Association of America Inc.

New York, New York, USA

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International Society of Appraisers

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Women's Jewelry Association

Women's Jewelry Association

New York, New York, USA

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Lists of the JAW Associates who are members of these trade associations, organisations and federations, are shown in the ’Members’ area of the association’s profile page.
To directly access the US Appraiser Directory, see our Jewelry Appraisers in the US page.

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