Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Chris Strader, co-owner or Hood River Jewelers, achieved the Certified Gemologist Appraiser title by the American Gem Society, an association of professional jewelers in the United States and Canada.
To earn the CGA title, Strader, already accredited as a certified gemologist of the society, passed additional requirements to earn this prestigious award. This includes a rigorous two-part exam, including theory questions and practical assignments based on performing a number of accurate, thoroughly detailed complete appraisals on a variety of jewelry items.
In addition, Hood River Jewelers has an accredited gemological laboratory on the premises that includes a binocular microscope, a set of five American Gem Society master diamonds for color grading purposes, gem testing equipment for identification of gemstones, their synthetic counterparts, imitations and treatments, along with a gemological library of reference materials.
The Certified Gemologist Appraiser accreditation is the highest level of achievement in the jewelry industry. Currently, approximately 400 AGS jewelers in North America have earned this prestigious professional title.
“We take great pride in offering the very best personal service to our customers, and in an increasingly complex world, it is important that we constantly retrain to keep up with new trends” said Julie Strader, president of Hood River Jewelers.
The American Gem Society is dedicated to proven ethics, gemological knowledge, and consumer protection. The organization, founded in 1934, is considered the standard of excellence in the jewelry industry. Members are held to high ethical standards in the industry and are recertified annually to maintain their AGS title.
More like this story
- Peace Walk: Take steps for a ‘safe future’ on Wednesday
- ‘We Love You to China and Back’: Community rallies for local family on July 31
- Stage set for new waterfront buildings
- Hood River Farmers’ Market offers local produce, more
- July 23 Stoked anniversary bash helps LymeLight
- Paving closes exit 62
- Foster parent recruitment meeting July 25 in TD
- Gaulke Dental joins Hood River Dental
- Rand Road water line
- Letters to the Editor for July 23
Oil train car being transported by truck
A damaged rail car from the June 3, 2016 oil train derailment and fire is transported from the crash site via truck on I84. Enlarge