AGS and AGTA Form Alliance


February 6, 2006

AGS and AGTA Form Alliance

The American Gem Society Laboratories and the AGTA Gemological Testing Center are entering into a strategic alliance to service their global expansion. The AGS Laboratories have opened their international distribution channels to the AGTA GTC, so clients can submit colored gemstones to the AGS Lab's take-in windows in Antwerp, Dubai, India and Israel.

"We're very excited about this alliance," said Peter Yantzer, executive director, AGS Laboratories. "AGS Laboratories and the AGTA GTC both stand for the highest standard of ethics and grading in their respective niches. It is a natural fit for us to work together to expand our markets globally."

"I couldn't imagine a more perfect strategic alliance," said Douglas K. Hucker, executive director of the AGTA. "This allows the AGTA to achieve its goals of expanding service internationally and to work with a partner with whom we can have complete confidence."

Clients of AGS Laboratories' take-in windows now have greater options. They may submit colored gemstones or diamonds to their local AGS Laboratories representative and receive a diamond grading document from AGS Laboratories or a colored gemstone report from the AGTA GTC. The AGS Laboratories take-in window representatives include GSI in India, Elmyr Services in Antwerp, the Dubai Metals and Commodity Center in Dubai and Eli Dori in Ramat Gan.

For more information regarding AGS Laboratories, call (702) 233-6120 or go to agslab.com. For more about the AGS Laboratories' take-in window representatives, go to agslabs.com/contacts. For a complete list of services and detailed pricing information for AGTA GTC, call (212) 752-1717 or go to www.agta-gtc.org.



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