Helene Smith

Helene is a third generation specialist in the gemstone and jewelry industry. She earned her Graduate Gemologist diploma from GIA in 1985 and has extensive experience buying and selling gemstones and jewelry. She is the wife of Christopher Smith, and during their time in Switzerland Helene served as the Vice President of the Swiss-American Society in Luzern.


Maria Frances

Maria has a degree in business management from St. Johns University and is a graduate of the GIA Diamond Grading course. Maria has over 22 years experience in the industry, working for the GIA Laboratory in New York for 17 of those years. At GIA she was the Supervisor of the Transport Services Department, servicing international and domestic clients with customer service and customs needs. During this tenure, Maria gained vast experience with inventory control, workflow management and transportation requirements of high-value assets. At AGL, Maria manages the lab flow process and all our client requirements.


Bilal Mahmood

Bilal has been involved in the photo industry and magazine publication for over six years. His work as an imaging editor has appeared in Italian Elle, Vogue, and Boston Common, as well as in various trade and commercial advertisements. As one of AGL's photographers, Bilal is involved in all image capturing, and is continually working to provide the highest quality images in the industry for our GemBriefs, Prestige Reports, and Jewelfolios™.


Kelly Kramer

Kelly graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art Photography. She uses her 8 years experience in photography and retouching to produce AGL's Prestige reports. Kelly's creative nature and previous work experience come together to produce the beautiful images you see in AGL's reports.


Tatiana Houdegbe

Tatiana graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY in 2012.  She has bachelors degree in International Trade and Marketing with a minor in Latin American Studies.  Tatiana is our customer service representative and also administrative assistant. Tatiana brings a friendly smile and excellent customer service to AGL.


Bryan Clark

After graduating from the University of Connecticut in early 2012, Bryan joined the AGL staff as a research intern helping Christopher work on a project surrounding garnet gemstones. Now a full-time employee, Bryan is studying to become a Fellow of the Gemmological Institute of Great Britain in addition to working closely with the other gemologists in the lab with reporting and continued research.


Monruedee Chaipaksa

Monruedee comes to us from the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT).  With 8 years experience, she held the senior gemologist position.

She was responsible for identifying all gem materials and diamonds as well as determining country of orgin on colored gemstones. The testing included detection of treatments and enhancements and utilizing basic and advanced instruments. Monruedee graduated from Chiang Mai University in Thailand with a B.S. in Gemology, She has her FGA from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, and became a C.D.G from the HRD Antwerp Institute of Gemmology.

In 2013 Monruedee relocated to New York to work at AGL.  With her vast knowledge of colored stones and her gemological experience she is a welcomed addition to the AGL team.


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