The 2004 Robert M. Shipley Awards
The Robert M. Shipley Award is conferred annually by the American Gem Society upon a member for outstanding service to the society, for significant contributions to the science of gemology, or for exemplifying the high purposes, objectives and ideals of the society in the member’s own communities.
On April 13, 2004, this award was conferred upon C. Clayton Bromberg and Underwood Jewelers. Because of the company goal to be the best Jeweler in the South, not the biggest, Underwood’s has made a commitment to the professional development of their staff through the American Gem Society’s education department. As a result of this, Underwood’s has the largest number of credentialed jewelry professionals with American Gem Society titles east of the Mississippi River. Each of these jewelry professionals must re-win their title each year through a written examination.