CONSUMER REMINDER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCREDITATIONS IN THE FINE JEWELRY INDUSTRY
Approaching this holiday season, McCary’s Jewelers reminds consumers of the importance of the accreditations for fine jewelers. Lynn McCary-Thomas is one of only three local jewelers to hold the accreditation of Certified Gemologist; one of these three being her father, R.L. McCary. This process to accreditation is a rigorous course of advanced studies and is only available through the American Gem Society (AGS). The AGS is a special guild of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its memberships, gemological research and standards. The purpose of the non-profit organization is to protect the customer, ensuring that they are buying from a jeweler who has the knowledge, skill and certifications to help them make the most informed decisions. McCary’s Jewelers recently celebrating 78 years in business, continues to make themselves relevant in the market from professionalism and high standards to product styles and trends.
“Accreditations such as Registered Jewelers and Certified Gemologists are important to the heart of who McCary’s is to our customers, and we strive daily to remind consumers of the professionalism and expertise they deserve. It is our job to be knowledgeable and well-rounded on precious stones and metals so that our customers can be assured that they are receiving sound advice when considering a purchase, seeking appraisals, or even repurposing precious family heirlooms,” explained Lynn McCary-Thomas.
McCary’s Jewelers has multiple Registered Jewelers awarded by the American Gem Society (AGS) on staff including R.L. McCary, David McCary, Alan Cobb, Lynn McCary-Thomas and Miles Thomas. Each of these individuals completed required coursework and classroom study, along with written and practical exams in diamond grading and evaluation. There are two Certified Gemologists – R.L. McCary and Lynn McCary-Thomas.
McCary’s Jewelers, highly regarded amongst loyal customers, is also one of the very few jewelers in the local market whose design and manufacturing is all in-house. For more information on required accreditations visit https://www.americangemsociety.org/ and https://www.gia.edu/. McCary’s Jewelers, www.mccarys.com, 798-3050, 6959 Fern Loop, just behind Whole Foods.