May 22, 2020

American Gem Society Cancels Annual Circle of Distinction Dinner Scheduled for July 28

The American Gem Society (AGS) has announced the cancellation of its annual Circle of Distinction Dinner, “due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic”.

The dinner was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 28 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. After evaluating the viability of holding the event, and not finding it feasible, AGS decided to cancel it “out of concern for the health and safety of the attendees”.

“We will miss celebrating at the historic Plaza with all of our friends in the AGS community and the industry, but we look forward to next year,” said Katherine Bodoh, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “Based on health and travel guidance regarding COVID-19, cancelling is the right thing to do.”

The Circle of Distinction Dinner was launched as an annual event in 2000. This year will be only the second time the Society has cancelled it: the first cancellation was in 2009 on account of the economic recession.

“The Circle of Distinction is held annually to honour excellence in the jewellery industry,” AGS stated. “The Lifetime Achievement and AGS Triple Zero awards presented during the dinner are among the most coveted in the industry. The American Gem Society is moving forward, as planned, with the 2021 Circle of Distinction Dinner and will announce the dates and honours next spring.”