With a new powerhouse website (www.shopagi.com) that offers a comprehensive search database of over 6,000 certified loose diamonds, calibrated melee, ear-studs, tennis bracelets, gemstones, pearls, semi-mounts and finished jewelry, Authentic Gem Imports (AGI) is ready to take the custom jewelry business by storm.
An established business of nearly 40 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, AGI is home to a family of experienced jewelers and qualified gemologists that have seen the cycle of every jewelry trend over the past four decades. As a leading importer and cutter of fine gemstones (rubies, sapphires, emeralds), diamonds, and pearls, the AGI team has spent the past few decades traveling directly to India, China, Japan, Thailand, and the mines of Sri Lanka and each year, sourcing their large inventory of raw materials that range from impressive multi-carat cocktail ring stones to calibrated melee stones that suit each nuance of a complex jewelry piece. Their large, diverse inventory and timely, free CAD creation services enabled AGI to become an early leader in the custom jewelry movement and a one-stop solution for custom projects.
When asked about their surging custom jewelry business, founder and owner Pete Vaidya said: “We understood our clients’ frustration with expensive, time-consuming CAD creation and turn-around times for modification. The time it takes to price out a bid and create a CAD model can make all the difference with customer retention. Customers today are unwilling to wait for a response when they are working on a highly personal, sentimental piece of jewelry, and we wanted to be able to respond to this demand. Our services allow us to save our clients heaps of time and manpower, and act as an extension of their own business.”
AGI quickly garnered a reputation for offering a start-to-finish custom jewelry solution by providing a soup to nuts execution to finish a piece, with most projects completed within seven to ten business days after CAD approval.
Vaidya added: “Our fully vertically integrated service saves the client the time, coordination efforts, and additional expenses, and minimizes the potential for communication errors that are prone to occur when multiple vendors are used on a project. Our large in-house calibrated diamond and gemstone melee inventory has also helped many jewelers who might want to finish the custom project in-house.”
Stocked with a large, diverse inventory of gemstones, AGI’s new user-friendly website offers more competitive pricing and full product transparency by providing 360-video views of thousands of certified diamonds and gemstones. Details include zoom-in photography, expert evaluations and measurements for each stone that ensure an accurate fit for the project. The website brings the loose stone shopping experience to a client’s fingertips, allowing the client to shop for stones on the spot with their customer and use that to drive the conversation about their jewelry design.