December 10, 1999
AGTA Seeks Industry Standards
The American Gem Trade Association called for a meeting of major U.S. gem and jewelry labs and companies to decide on colored gemstone and pearl standards. Once AGTA has a set of standards, it is eligible to become a member of the American National Standards Institute, an organization that oversees standardization for U.S. industries.
AGTA's board of directors and its Gemological Testing Center began the project more than a year ago. "The benefits of bringing our industry standards in line with ANSI are enormous," says Roland Naftule, AGTA's Industry Rules Committee chairman. "We have done considerable research in this area. This move forward represents a great opportunity to promote the integrity of our trade."
ANSI aims to enhance global competitiveness of U.S. businesses by raising consumer confidence in the performance, safety, reliability and quality of products. Some 175 industries voluntarily belong to ANSI. (For more information, see www.ansi.org.)
The meeting will be held Feb. 4 at AGTA's GemFair in Tucson, AZ.
- by Robert Weldon, G.G.