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 is some overlapping areas, but broadly they are 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 normally involved with marketing of members' appraisal services too.
Jeweller Associations - These typically are involved in promotion of jewelry and watches, and protecting their members’ interests. There are usually few criteria that need to be met 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 services such as legal advice or financial services.
Ancillary Industry Organisations - These are associations who are connected to gem and jewelry appraisal in an oblique way, for example training and governing bodies dealing with Expert Witnesses.
The American Jewelry Industry Associations shown below, are arranged alphabetically.
Accredited Gemologists Association
San Diego, California, USA
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]
American Society of Appraisers
Reston, Virginia, USA
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]
National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
Rego Park, New York, USA
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]
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.