American Gemological Laboratories (AGL), a provider of high-quality gemstone analysis and reporting is celebrating its five-year anniversary under the stewardship of Christopher P. Smith.
“Five years ago, AGL was re-privatized during one of the most difficult periods the US and world financial markets have experienced in recent decades. AGL, however, had a good reputation and we did not want to see this legacy fade away,” Christopher P. Smith, President of AGL, recalled. “Since then, we have seen a tremendous amount of growth and expansion in the scope of our activities, raising the banner and reputation of AGL even higher. The industry seems to appreciate the attention to detail that AGL imparts in the results we present, the products we offer and the attentive, personal service we provide.”
Immediately after acquiring the lab, Smith decided to concentrate all of AGL’s efforts strictly on colored gemstone reporting services. AGL focused on setting stringent criteria and on developing and fine-tuning repeatable and consistent methods that not only ensure high-quality gemstone identification and treatment detection, but also address the challenges of country-of-origin determination that the gemstone and jewelry industries face.
Shelly Sergent, curator of somewhere in the Rainbow TM collection, stated: “Chris Smith and the AGL staff are knowledgeable professionals, who uphold impeccable standards, integrity and ethics for the gemstone industry. We use AGL exclusively for all the gemstones we consider for our collection.” She further said: “AGL delivers the most informative and visually appealing identification and laboratory reports in the industry. From the conclusions they present to the photos they provide, we find the AGL reports to add value to the provenance of our gems.”
AGL offers a comprehensive product line for the identification, enhancement disclosure, country-of-origin and full grading analyses of colored gemstones, such as ruby, sapphire, emerald, spinel and many other gem varieties. AGL provides independent laboratory services to a broad domestic and international clientele across the gemstone and jewelry industry. Clients range from major retailers to auction houses, wholesalers, manufacturers and private clients.
In addition to the staple of the AGL’s product line, the Prestige Report, AGL offers a lower-cost alternative for the standard identification and enhancement disclosure of gemstone via its innovative GemBrief format. In addition AGL has developed its premium product, known as the JewelFolio, a beautifully illustrated and detailed book to represent gemstones of singular importance.
AGL is headquartered on Fifth Avenue, in the heart of New York City’s diamond and jewelry district. The laboratory, however, has initiated the expansion of its brand and services by performing regular on-site testing programs during major trade shows in locations such as Tucson (Arizona), Las Vegas (Nevada) and Hong Kong as well as in other important gemstone markets and centers, such as Bangkok (Thailand), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Kuwait.
“These first five years have seen significant growth in the AGL services, as well as brand awareness in terms of reputation and recognition. Our team is highly capable and focused.” laboratory manager Maria Frances said. “In the coming months and years AGL will be investing heavily in the laboratory’s infrastructure to better handle the increasing volume, research and services,” she continued.
In conclusion, Chris Smith said: “Through our commitment to strict standards, high-quality products and personalized service, the AGL team is proud of what we have been able to accomplish in just five short years and we are looking forward to a very bright future.”