Grants and Scholarships

  • AGS x BIJC Grant for Conclave 2024

    The American Gem Society (AGS) will be awarding a grant to one lucky Black in Jewelry Coalition member. This grant will cover the cost of registration to the 2024 AGS Conclave show APRIL 15-17, 2024 in AUSTIN, TX and the cost of basic hotel room fees for the show; (this excludes the cost of food, room service, and other added hotel fees). AGS will also provide the grantee with a $500 gift card applicable to the cost of travel to and from the show; *any remaining travel costs are the responsibility of the recipient.

    If you have a strong desire and commitment to excel in the gem, jewelry, and watch industry and value the American Gem Society and Black in Jewelry Coalition's missions*, then complete the application below:

    The application submission deadline is February 29th, 2024 11:59 pm EST.

  • The winner will be selected by vote of BIJC Education Committee members and notified in March 2024! AGS will be responsible for registering the winner for Conclave 2024 and booking the covered hotel accommodations.

  • *BIJC Mission Statement

    Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC) was formed for the advancement of Black professionals within the gem and jewelry industry through networking, education, representation, and an abundance of resources.

    We promote change in our industry with the fundamental understanding that by uniting our resources and partnering with allies, we cultivate growth and create opportunities through an alliance that is for us, by us.

    Our strategies include providing tools and resources for professional success and growth, and recruitment for increased representation through heightened awareness.

  • *AGS Mission Statement

    The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining, and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

    The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

  • LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: The funding of this grant is entirely the obligation and responsibility of the American Gem Society. BIJC specifically limits and disclaims any and all liability connected to the funding and operation of the proceeds of the grant and to any costs or expenses associated with the grantee's attendance at AGS Conclave.

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