AGTA Bans Non-Natural Gemstones

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AGTA Bans Non-Natural Gemstones
File pic of AGTA GemFair.

Lab grown gemstones are to be banned from all trade shows run by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA).

The Dallas-based not‐for‐profit association says exhibitors will not be allowed to display loose gemstones or jewelry comprising what it describes as “nonnatural gemstones — ones that are man-made, synthetic, or lab grown”.

The ban will take effect at the AGTA GemFair Tucson 2025 next February and at all future AGTA shows. The annual GemFair Tucson brings together over 8,000 buyers and 300 exhibitors.

“AGTA felt that it needed to be crystal clear to buyers that when they attend an AGTA show, they know that they are only shopping mined natural gems from the earth,” said Kimberly Collins, BOD president.

“Considering how disruptive lab grown diamonds have been in the market, the AGTA board of directors decided to take a stance on man-made gemstones at its fairs to thwart potential confusion,” AGTA said in a statement.

“It’s perfectly acceptable for AGTA dealers to sell synthetic gems if they choose and so long as they are disclosed, but for the sake of clarity and peace of mind, buyers attending AGTA GemFairs can shop knowing that only natural gems will be available for purchase.”

AGTA board member John Bradshaw said: “It’s important to indicate that synthetic gems are not considered minerals because minerals are natural, and synthetics are not.”

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