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The AGA's 2017 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology to be presented to Al Gilbertson
The Accredited Gemologists Association is pleased to announce that Al Gilbertson is to receive the AGA's 2017 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.
Mr. Gilbertson is Project Manager, Cut Research at the GIA Carlsbad Laboratory, continuing an extensive career with contributions in appraisal science, color communication and cut research. Al is also an accomplished gem cutter having grown up in the lapidary business.
AGA Research Grant 2017
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 AGA Research Grant.
In keeping with AGA's mission to support gemological education and research, this grant, for up to $10,000 USD, is authorized by the Board of Governors of the AGA. The grant is open to anyone who is aiming to conduct a scientific gemological research project with an appropriate background defined in the application form. Funding for the AGA Research Grant is made possible by the generous support of AGA members.
An Opportunity to AGA's Mission - become an AGA Donor
AGA is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards in Gemological Education, Research, and Ethics. Your Tax-Deductible Donation will allow AGA to provide Gemological Education Scholarships, Fund Gemological Research Projects, and expand our Positive Roles in the world of Gemology.
2017 AGA Platinum Sponsor
2017 AGA Bronze Sponsors
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
Special Advisor to the AGA Board : Antoinette Matlins, PG, FGA
Educational Standards and Outside Association Relationship Committee: Donna Hawrelko, FGA, FCGmA
Conference Committee: Ted Irwin & Donna Hawrelko, with Antoinette Matlins, Gary Smith, 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, Richard Hughes & Shane McClure
Sponsorship Committee: Teri Brossmer, GG with Art Samuels
Education Scholarship & Research Grants Committee: Heidi Harders, GG with Jane Chaikowsky & Cigdem Lule, PhD