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Announcing the AGA Gemological Education Scholarship Program
The Accredited Gemologists Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2016 AGA Gemological Education Scholarship. In keeping with AGA's mission to support gemological education and research, this scholarship up to $5,000 USD is authorized by the governors of the AGA. The scholarship is open to anyone who is interested and will be actively working in the field of gemology. No experience is necessary but a willingness to further their education in this field is a must. Funding for the AGA Education Scholarship is made possible by the generous support of AGA members. The AGA is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization registered in the State of California.
Dr. Cigdem Lule Awarded the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for 2016
The AGA is pleased to announce that Dr. Cigdem Lule is the recipient of the 2016 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.
Cigdem is recognized for her significant contributions to the field of gemology, among which her research involving the identification of gem findings from archaeological sites, with an emphasis on geologic and geographic origin investigation, was particularly noteworthy. Her subject, known as archaeogemology, examines ancient gems from the mineralogist and gemologist point of view in order to better understand ancient civilizations and their interactions.
2016 AGA Platinum Sponsor
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2016 AGA Gold Sponsors
2016 AGA Tucson Conference Bronze Sponsor
Canadian Gemmological Association
An Opportunity to Make a Difference & Increase the "Brilliance" of Future AGA Conferences
The Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA) is a non profit organization and your tax deductible donation will enable AGA to provide an opportunity to bring some of the world's most respected scientists and extraordinary gemologists to one of the country's most respected gemological conferences in Tucson and Vegas.
AGA Conference Sponsorships - Benefits
About the Accredited Gemologists Association
Established in 1974 by Antonio "Tony" Bonanno (as alumnae of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain), AGA was envisioned as a network for sharing gemological information and skills. Graduate gemologists of the Gemological Institute of America joined in 1975. The international Accredited Gemologists Association of today proudly counts among our members some of the worlds leading independent gemologists.
The AGA is an independent, international, nonprofit organization dedicated to...
Gemological Education & Research
Identification & Evaluation of Gem Materials
Development of Professional Standards of Analysis, Practice & Ethics
We are an organization of all beliefs and cultures and share a common bond of the love of gemstones. AGA believes in excellence and is dedicated to establishing the highest professional standards of practice.
The AGA Annual Board Meeting will be held in Tucson, the day before the AGA Conference. The AGA Annual Membership Meeting will be held in Tucson, the day of the AGA Conference. Both events are held in the same facility as the AGA Conference.
For more details about our organization, please view the following organizational documents. (.pdf files)
Voting Membership is available to anyone holding an acceptable credential from the Gemological Institute of America, Gemmological Association of Great Britain, Canadian Gemmological Association, or other school of gemology as approved by the Board of Directors. Non-voting memberships are available to others as either Associates, Students, or Affiliates.
Officers & Board of Governors for 2014-2016
The Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA) slate of officers and board members:
Board of Governors
Educational Standards and Outside Association Relationship Committee: Donna Hawrelko, FGA, FCGmA
Conference Committee: Kathryn Bonanno Patrizzi, FGA, PG with Antoinette Matlins, Gary Smith, Ted Irwin, Donna Hawrelko, Craig Lynch, Raymond Mason
Certified Gemological Laboratory Committee: Carole Richbourg, GG
Membership Committee: Christine York, GG
Bonanno Award Committee: Stuart Robertson, GG with Christopher Smith & Shane McClure
Sponsorship Committee: Teri Brossmer, GG with Art Samuels
Education Scholarship & Research Grants Committee: Heidi Harders, GG with Jane Chaikowsky & Cigdem Lule, PhD