Pieter Andries Named Certified Gemologist Appraiser by American Gem Society

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Accreditation is highest level of achievement in jewelry industry

Pieter Andries, certified gemologist and founder of Pieter Andries, Creators of Fine Jewelry in Southlake (http://www.pieterandries.com), achieved the distinguished Certified Gemologist Appraiser title from the American Gem Society (AGS), an association of professional jewelers in the United States and Canada. An awards ceremony was held April 28 in San Francisco at the AGS International Conclave, an annual conference and networking forum for members to discuss and educate each other on the latest events, breakthroughs, trends, and business strategies.

According to AGS, 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. The requirements included 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, Pieter Andries’ Southlake fine jewelry store is equipped with an onsite accredited gemological laboratory 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; and a gemological library of reference materials.

“My 40 years of experience in the fine jewelry business prepared me well for the exam, but I certainly learned new information and techniques while studying for the exam, which I can now put into practice to better serve my customers,” Andries explains, whose Southlake, Texas custom jewelry store offers the area’s largest selection of loose diamonds. “I am extremely proud of this accomplishment as it elevates my service and expertise to the industry’s highest level.”

For more information about Pieter Andries, Creators of Fine Jewelry, call 800-233-3459 or go to http://www.pieterandries.com.

About Pieter Andries, Creators of Fine Jewelry

Whether it is a redesign or a dream about to become a reality, the creative design expertise that Pieter Andries has cultivated over 40 years, as a Master Goldsmith and American Gem Society Certified Gemologist, is reflected in each of his creations. Skilled professional craftsmen work under the direction of Pieter Andries utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and design technology to create a masterpiece of perfection and beauty – including diamond engagement rings, wedding bands and custom jewels. Offering the largest selection of rare, conflict-free diamonds in North Texas, Pieter Andries guarantees customer satisfaction of every piece of jewelry he creates. At Pieter Andries, it’s all about YOU! For additional information, call (800) 233-3459 or go to http://www.pieterandries.com.

About American Gem Society

Founded in 1934, the American Gem Society is dedicated to proven ethics, gemological knowledge and consumer protection. The organization 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. For more information, go to http://www.americangemsociety.org.

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