Press Release

Fifth-Generation Jeweler Receives Beatrice Shipley Scholarship


Portrait of Madelaine Genna, GIA and AGS Beatrice Shipley Scholarship recipient.

Awarded for study at GIA and AGS

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Dec. 10, 2019 – GIA and AGS (American Gem Society) have awarded the Beatrice Shipley Scholarship – named in honor of Mrs. Shipley for her many contributions to both organizations – to fifth-generation jeweler Madelaine Genna from central Florida. The scholarship provides tuition for Genna to complete the GIA Graduate Gemologist program on-campus, the AGS Way Course and to attend the 2020 AGS Conclave in Denver, CO.
 
AGS and GIA jointly established the Beatrice Shipley Scholarship, which was announced by Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO, at the 2019 AGS Conclave in Seattle, Washington.
 
“It is an honor to help the next generation of industry leaders prepare for their careers with education from GIA and AGS,” said Jacques. “Madelaine Genna grew up in our industry; it is wonderful to see her passion propel her into a successful career. We are so proud that she is the first to receive the Beatrice Shipley Scholarship.”
 
“We would like to express our gratitude to GIA for helping our members achieve their goals,” said Katherine Bodoh, CEO of AGS. “I was so inspired by the applications we received from our wonderful members. I’d also like to thank John Carter, President of the AGS Board of Directors, who brought this brilliant idea to AGS and GIA.”
 
Genna grew up behind the counter of her parent’s jewelry store in Florida, where she developed a love for gems and jewelry at a young age. After graduating from college with a degree in advertising and public relations, she worked for a number of jewelry designers. Today, Genna remains involved in the family business and says that once she completes her studies at AGS and GIA, she has a vision to grow and expand the family jewelry business. Already, Genna is an AGS certified sales associate and has her GIA Diamond Essentials certificate.  
 
“I feel so fortunate to be the recipient of a scholarship in honor of Beatrice Shipley. She was a woman in business when there were few, and a driving force in the formation of GIA and AGS. I have the utmost respect for these organizations, as my family’s affiliation with them has truly allowed their business to flourish. Beatrice is someone I greatly admire as she represents all the amazing things that a woman can be and I’m so proud to be associated with her in this way,” said Genna.
 
Both GIA and AGS were founded in the 1930s when Robert and Beatrice Shipley cashed in their savings to create two organizations with the goal of educating jewelers, professionalizing the industry and creating a guild for these jewelers to join.

About AGS
The American Gem Society, founded in 1934, is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to promoting a high standard of ethics, continuous education, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society awards credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Less than one in twenty jewelers in the country have chosen to meet the exacting standards necessary for membership.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.     
      
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.