American Gem Society
AGS CERTIFIED MEMBER
THE AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY?
Zimmer Brothers has been a proud member of the prestigious American Gem Society for nearly 50 years.
The American Gem Society's stand on business and professional excellence has been a force in the jewelry industry since 1934. Its emphasis on the study and profitable merchandising of gemstones has spread acceptance of gemological knowledge. AGS is best known to jewelers and the public for protecting and educating the consumer by those member jewelers who have earned Society titles. Most Society activities involve the promotion of the title-holding jewelers. The constant commercialization of RJ, RS, CG and CGA makes these hard-earned titles useful tools in the marketplace.
WHAT IS THE AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY?:
The American Gem Society was established in 1934 by a select group of independent jewelers and Robert M. Shipley, founder of the prestigious school of gemology, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). It was their vision to create an association dedicated to setting and maintaining the highest possible standards of business ethics and professionalism in the jewelry industry. Today, American Gem Society members continue their dedication to ethics, knowledge and consumer protection.
THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE PROFESSIONALS, AGS MEMBERS:
Only a small percentage of those who apply for membership in the American Gem Society are awarded membership. In order for a firm to become a member of the American Gem Society they must meet the following criteria:
The firm owners, principals, or employees must have a high level of gemological knowledge. This includes having at least one full-time employee who has studied and completed an Accredited or Graduate Program from the GIA or Gemological Association of Great Britain. This individual must hold a title of either Registered Jeweler, Certified Gemologist, or Certified Gemologist Appraiser. The firm must hold a reputation for unquestioned integrity in the business community and must be operated in a way that will enhance the confidence of the public in the jewelry industry. The owners and principals must demonstrate that they are genuinely interested in high business ethics and the firm exemplifies this belief. The firm must be a retail or supplier jewelry business that has been established for at least two years and has demonstrated financial stability.
THE HIGHEST CODE OF ETHICS:
To ensure our members practice the highest standard of business ethics, the Society prohibits certain business practices, including:
Advertising which in any way is not the truth or has the intent to be misleading. Advertising or setting artificially high prices as the regular price to allow a fictitious sale price or supposed discount. Representing itself as a wholesaler and selling to the consumer. Employing the technique of bait and switch, which is attempting to influence customers to buy an article carrying a high mark-up in place of an article requested. Failing to advertise in accordance with recommendations set forth by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc. Any member found in violation of the Society’s code of ethics is subject to investigation and possible expulsion.
A Zimmer Brothers Jewelry Appraisal offers you the highest attention to detail, expertise and market research.
AGS ACCREDITED GEMOLOGICAL LABORATORY
As part of our commitment to professional, knowledgeable service to our customers, we have the only gemological laboratory accredited by the American Gem Society in the Mid-Hudson area.
Our Appraisals are performed by or under the direction of a Certified Gemologist Appraiser*. The two most common types of appraisals are Insurance Replacement and Estate.
Insurance Replacement Appraisals quote the current replacement value at the retail market level for insurance purposes.
Estate appraisals are quoted at "Fair market" value. This value takes into consideration the condition of the piece and its salability in today's market between a willing buyer and a willing seller, in a non-forced sale.
The cost of appraisal work is an hourly fee. Estimates and consultations are given at no charge. Call for an appointment.
*THE HIGHEST APPRAISAL TITLE AWARDED BY THE AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY. CERTIFIED GEMOLOGIST APPRAISERS MUST PASS A RIGOROUS HANDS-ON APPRAISAL TEST AND A YEARLY REGISTRATION EXAM TO MAINTAIN THEIR TITLES. CURRENTLY ONLY ABOUT 450 INDIVIDUALS IN THE U.S. HOLD THIS TITLE.
INDEPENDENT LABORATORY REPORTS
We can obtain Independent Laboratory reports from the 2 most accredited Gemological Laboratories; The American Gem Society Laboratory and The GIA Laboratory.
0% APR FOR 12 MONTHS*
*The American Gem Society credit card is issued by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank. Special terms 15 months apply to qualifying purchases of with approved credit. The special terms APR will continue to apply until all qualifying purchases are paid in full. The monthly payment for this purchase will be the amount that will pay for the purchase in full in equal payments during the promotional (special terms) period. The APR for Purchases will apply to certain fees such as a late payment fee or if you use the card for other transactions. For newly opened accounts, the APR for Purchases is 0%. This APR may vary with the market based on the U.S. Prime Rate and is given as of 11/21/2014. If you are charged interest in any billing cycle, the minimum interest charge will be $1.00.
Empty Your Jewelry Box and Fill Up Your Wallet!
YOU CAN TRUST ZIMMER BROTHERS TO BUY YOUR GOLD, STERLING, PLATINUM & COINS!
Don’t just sell your jewelry for scrap! Our Estate Department will buy your seldom used jewelry, diamonds, and fine, watches for resale, not scrap. We purchase Estates of all sizes. We also buy coins, silver flatware, gold and silver items of all kinds. Your items can be converted to cash or traded in towards something new from our store for an even higher return!
Call 845.454.6360 or email Information@ZimmerBrothers.com
We buy: 10-24K Yellow & White Gold, Platinum, Sterling Silver, Kinked & Broken Chains, Outdated Jewelry, Items Missing Stones, Single Earrings, Scrap/Damaged Jewelry, Items Missing Stones, Old Wedding Bands, Coins, Sterling Flatware & Hollowware.
COMPLIMENTARY JEWELRY MAKEOVER
For Jewelry you no longer wear, we will offer you a generous trade in on beautiful new jewelry! There is no obligation and no appointment necessary. Bring one piece or a hundred!
JEWELRY & WATCH REPAIRS
When having something repaired, you can trust Zimmer Brothers Jewelers to have the most experienced jewelry technicians with the highest standards and best technology.
We service and repair all types of watch styles and movements including automatic, mechanical , quartz analog and digital, and chronograph.
All Repairs and Services have The Zimmer Brothers Quality Guarantee.
Our Watch Services and Repairs include:
- Watch Batteries
- Sizing watch bands and bracelets
- Overhauls and Complete Servicing including parts
- New Watch Crystals
- Pressure Testing
- Dial Refinishing
- Watch Cleaning and Polishing
- Replacement Straps and Bracelets