AGS Honours Jewellery Industry Leaders
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.