Events & Awards

AGS Hands Out Awards at Titleholders Luncheon

Events & AwardsMay 03, 2022

AGS Hands Out Awards at Titleholders Luncheon

See who won the Young Titleholder of the Year Award, the Sallie Morton Award, and more.

Laura Stanley of Laura Stanley Personal Jeweler accepted the Sallie Morton Award, presented by Marc Altman (right), for recipients Harold Dupuy and Shelly Sergent, who could not attend the luncheon. (Image courtesy of the American Gem Society)
Oklahoma City—The American Gem Society had a slew of awards to present during its annual Conclave event last week in Oklahoma City.

During the Titleholders Luncheon on April 27, past chair of the Young Titleholders Committee Sarah Nanasi Russell, CG, presented the 2022 Young Titleholder of the Year Award to Maria Brown, RJ, of Exclusively Diamonds.

The 2022 Young Titleholder of the Year Award was presented by Sarah Nanasi Russell (right) to Maria Brown of Exclusively Diamonds. (Image courtesy of the American Gem Society)
The 2022 Young Titleholder of the Year Award was presented by Sarah Nanasi Russell (right) to Maria Brown of Exclusively Diamonds. (Image courtesy of the American Gem Society)

“Maria has been a consistent and tireless contributor on the Young Titleholder Committee since she joined five years ago,” said Russell. “She has never missed an opportunity to volunteer for a task when we need extra help and her commitment to our everyday operations has been critical to our success. ”

The Black in Jewelry Coalition partnered with the Young Titleholder’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to award one BIJC member a grant for Conclave.

The grant covers the cost of Conclave registration and lodging, and also includes a $500 gift card from AGS towards travel expenses. This year’s grant went to Latoya Boyd.

“The Young Titleholders are proud of this new scholarship and are grateful to the Black in Jewelry Coalition for helping them execute it in a timely and meaningful way,” said Russell. 

“We pushed the boundaries of our usual scholarship process and offerings to align with their continuing goal of ensuring a diverse and inclusive American Gem Society community.”

 Related stories will be right here … 

Russell also announced the recipients of the Young Titleholder’s Conclave Scholarship, which provides free registration to the event.

The recipients were:
Annie Daniels of Duke's Jewelers;
Mollie Effler, CG, of Wm. Effler Jewelers;
Bryce Melius of Exclusively Diamonds;
Taele Polamalu, RJ, of Zachary's Jewelers; and
Amy Root of Form To Feeling.

Marc Altman, CGA and past chair of the International Guilds Council, presented five awards.

The Sallie Morton Award for 2020, the year Conclave was held virtually, went to Harold Dupuy of Stuller, Inc. The 2021 recipient was Shelly Sergent of Somewhere In The Rainbow Collection.

Laura Stanley of Laura Stanley Personal Jeweler accepted the awards on behalf of the recipients, who could not attend the luncheon.

A 2022 recipient was not announced, but the award will return in 2023.

“This award recognizes the contribution of individuals who have gone over and above in their service to the AGS Guilds each year. Our members were able to tap into Harold and Shelly’s abundant knowledge and both welcomed calls to address the specific needs of our [guilds],” said Altman.
 
The Guild of the Year Award for 2022 went to the Greater Cincinnati Guild, presented by Altman and accepted by Kara Huddleston of Huddleston Fine Jewelry Appraisals.

Marty Pearlmutter of Lester Martin Jewelers joined them on the stage. The Keystone Guild won the award in 2021, but he was unable to attend.

Marc Altman (right) presented the Guild of the Year award to Kara Huddleston (center) alongside Marty Pearlmutter (left) with Lester Martin Jewelers. (Image courtesy of the American Gem Society)
Marc Altman (right) presented the Guild of the Year award to Kara Huddleston (center) alongside Marty Pearlmutter (left) with Lester Martin Jewelers. (Image courtesy of the American Gem Society)

“This Guild, along with its president, has been a great supporter and has contributed to helping us develop the national program we have today,” said Altman.

The John J. Kennedy Award is given to outstanding law enforcement and security professionals who have served the jewelry industry.

This year’s award went to Joseph Metsopulos with the New York City Police Department’s Major Case Squad.

The John J. Kennedy award went to Joseph Metsopulos (center). To his left is Marc Altman, past chair of the Guild Council, and, to his right, Ronnie Vanderlinden, the Supplier’s Task Force chair. (Image courtesy of the American Gem Society)
The John J. Kennedy award went to Joseph Metsopulos (center). To his left is Marc Altman, past chair of the Guild Council, and, to his right, Ronnie Vanderlinden, the Supplier’s Task Force chair. (Image courtesy of the American Gem Society)

During a separate ceremony the previous day, the 2022 Robert M. Shipley Award was given to Craig Underwood, president of Underwoods Fine Jewelers in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

The next Conclave will be held May 1-3, 2023, in Louisville, Kentucky, with more details to follow.
Lenore Fedowis the associate editor, news at National Jeweler, covering the retail beat and the business side of jewelry.
tags:

The Latest

IndependentsDec 07, 2022
How Daniel’s Jewelers Has Lasted 70+ Holiday Seasons

In a Q&A, CEO David Sherwood shares some company history, the secret to success during the busiest time of year, and more.

TrendsDec 07, 2022
Amanda’s Style File: December Blues

Jewelers of America’s Amanda Gizzi spotlights her favorite turquoise, tanzanite, and zircon December birthstone jewelry.

IndependentsDec 07, 2022
The Radiance Lands at Marissa Collections

The retailer is now selling the 13 diamond jewelry capsule collections created by BIPOC designers on its website.

Brought to you by
How To Buy Colored Gemstones

Give your customers the full gemstone buying experience by using the 6C's.

AuctionsDec 07, 2022
Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Auction Totals Nearly $59M in New York

After a 13-carat pink diamond was pulled ahead of the sale, blue and colorless diamonds reigned supreme.

Weekly QuizDec 01, 2022
This Week’s Quiz
Test your knowledge of the latest jewelry news with this quick test.
Take the Quiz
FinancialsDec 06, 2022
Signet Anticipates Solid Holiday Season, Raises Guidance

The jewelry giant posted a decline in same-store sales in the third quarter but is gearing up for a season of growth.

TrendsDec 06, 2022
Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year Is A Lot Like Rubellite, Spinel, Ruby

“Viva Magenta” easily finds its colored gemstone counterparts.

Brought to you by
Knowledge and Skills for Today’s Hot Topics

From laboratory-grown diamonds to design to country-of-origin, GIA's Alumni Collective™ has a seminar to suite your needs.

AuctionsDec 06, 2022
Jewels from the Sunken ‘Ship of Gold’ Smash Auction Estimates

Holabird Western Americana Collections offered hundreds of treasures recovered from the S.S. Central America in its Dec. 3 sale.

ColumnistsDec 06, 2022
The Smart Lab: 6 Holiday Email Marketing Strategies To Boost Sales

From creating catchy subject lines to retargeting abandoned carts, Emmanuel Raheb has a half-dozen pieces of email marketing advice.

IndependentsDec 06, 2022
CD Peacock Names VP of Client Engagement, Experience

Qi Holtzman is a member of the second generation to run the family-owned Chicago area jeweler.

IndependentsDec 05, 2022
Holocaust Survivor and Jeffrey Mann Jewelers Matriarch Rena Mann Dies

Mann, who opened the Ohio jewelry store with her husband and son in 1984, was 95.

TechnologyDec 05, 2022
Timex Ticks into the Metaverse with Bored Ape Yacht Club

The watch brand will create 500 custom timepieces for holders of Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs.

EditorsDec 05, 2022
Meet Jewelry’s First TikTok Star

When it comes to translating luxury into the social media platform’s approachable style, JewelsWithJules has cracked the code.

SourcingDec 02, 2022
Alrosa CEO Sergey Ivanov to Step Down, Report Says

According to Russian news sources, the sanctioned head of the diamond company is leaving to take a job with an investment group.

SourcingDec 02, 2022
Lucapa Sells 170-Carat Pink Diamond Unearthed This Summer

Said to be the largest pink diamond found in hundreds of years, “The Lulo Rose” was sold for an undisclosed sum.

AuctionsDec 02, 2022
Here’s How 2 Royal Jewels Performed at Auction in Denmark

A princess’s tiara fell within its pre-sale estimate while an Art Deco bracelet from a queen doubled it.

CollectionsDec 02, 2022
Piece of the Week: Foundrae’s Chain

A closer look at the bold links reveals a subtle, surprising detail.

Supplier BulletinDec 01, 2022
Take Your Jewelry Design Process Digital with the GIA Alumni Collective™

Sponsored by GIA Alumni Collective™

WatchesDec 01, 2022
Rolex to Certify Pre-Owned Watches

Retailers within its official distribution network will be able to sell the authenticated timepieces.

CollectionsDec 01, 2022
Kendra Scott’s New Collection is for Barbie Girls

The capsule collection combines the brand’s classic styles with Barbie’s signature pink color.

AuctionsDec 01, 2022
13-Carat Pink Diamond Withdrawn From Christie’s Auction

The auction house is not offering any details on why the fancy vivid pink stone was pulled from its upcoming “Magnificent Jewels” sale.

SourcingDec 01, 2022
Nomad’s Is Selling Its Stones to Raise Money for Ukraine Again

In the spirit of an advent calendar, “Gems to Help Ukraine” will sell a stone a day through Dec. 24 on the Nomad’s Instagram account.

GradingDec 01, 2022
PhotoScribe Granted Patent for Method that Verifies a Stone’s Identification

The secure mark combines an overt mark with a covert data set to provide assurance on a gem.

SurveysNov 30, 2022
5 Things Retailers Should Know About the Start to the Holiday Season

Plus, what a potential rail strike would mean for retailers.

WatchesNov 30, 2022
Watchfinder & Co. Will Launch a Marketplace Next Year

It will provide a place for select luxury watch retailers to sell their stock.

MajorsNov 30, 2022
Pomellato Buys Into Italian Goldsmith

The brand has purchased a minority stake in Costanzo & Rizzetto.

×

This site uses cookies to give you the best online experience. By continuing to use & browse this site, we assume you agree to our Privacy Policy