AGS Hon­ours Jew­ellery In­dus­try Lead­ers

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The Amer­i­can Gem So­ci­ety (AGS) hon­oured the out­stand­ing ac­com­plish­ments of the jew­ellery in­dus­try’s best and bright­est at the So­ci­ety’s 16th an­nual Cir­cle of Dis­tinc­tion Din­ner on July 26 at New York City’s his­toric Plaza Ho­tel.

The pres­ti­gious event cel­e­brated the work of three well-known and highly-re­spected in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. Dione Kenyon, past pres­i­dent of the Jewel­ers Board of Trade (JBT), re­ceived the cov­eted Life­time Achieve­ment Award, and both Ste­wart Wicht, pres­i­dent and CEO of Rolex Watch U.S.A., Inc., and Hank Siegel, CGA, pres­i­dent and CEO of Hamil­ton Jewel­ers, re­ceived the AGS Triple Zero Award, named af­ter the high­est grade in the AGS Di­a­mond Grad­ing Stan­dards.

“Our mem­bers, who share the So­ci­ety’s mis­sion and val­ues, are the stew­ards of trust,” said Ruth Bat­son, RJ, CEO of the Amer­i­can Gem So­ci­ety and AGS Lab­o­ra­to­ries. “I’m proud of each of you, and I’m proud of all the good work AGS has done. With­out the AGS, there would be a huge void in our in­dus­try.”

“The Cir­cle of Dis­tinc­tion Din­ner is par­tic­u­larly mean­ing­ful to me be­cause it is the one time of year that our in­dus­try comes to­gether to hon­our the con­tri­bu­tions, legacy and hard work of its ex­cep­tional lead­ers,” said Scott Berg, CG, pres­i­dent of the AGS board of di­rec­tors.

Each of the hon­ourees shared sto­ries about their ca­reers, what in­spired them per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally, and in­cluded heart­felt mes­sages of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

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