AGTA Background

Since it’s inception in 1981, AGTA’s Membership has grown to over 1,200 Members in the United States and Canada. AGTA Members agree to the disclosure of gemstone enhancements on all commercial documents and to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics and Principles of Fair Business Practices. Annual affirmation of the Code of Ethics, and enforcement by the AGTA, holds an AGTA Member to a stricter disclosure policy than required by the Federal Trade Commission.

AGTA's Objectives

  • To represent and further the interests of the natural colored gemstone, pearl and cultured pearl industries in the United States and Canada.
  • To promote, maintain and perpetuate the highest ethical standards among the Members of AGTA and within the colored gemstone industry.
  • To protect the natural colored gemstone, pearl and cultured pearl industries, related industries, and ultimately, the consumer from fraud, abuse, misrepresentation and deceptive advertising related to colored gemstones.
  • To create a greater awareness of and knowledge about colored gemstones and act as a source of information for the jewelry trade to disseminate to the consumer.
  • To educate these industries, related industries and the consumer about natural colored gemstones, pearls and cultured pearls.
  • To assist the consumer in identifying dealers of integrity in the natural colored gemstone, pearl, and cultured pearl industries.
  • To assist the natural colored gemstone, pearl and cultured pearl industries in identifying dealers of integrity in the wholesale colored gemstone marketplace.
  • To establish closer communication and information-sharing between the AGTA and all segments of the jewelry trade and related industries.

The AGTA is recognized within the jewelry trade as the authoritative source on natural colored gemstones: “The voice of the natural colored gemstone, pearl and cultured pearl industries.”