Los Angeles, CA – The Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA), an independent, international, nonprofit organization, dedicated to establishing the highest professional standards of practice, has officially certified Steven Zale as an Accredited Senior Gemologist. With this certification, Zale joins the world’s leading independent gemologists dedicated to establishing the highest ethical and professional standards of practice.I am pleased to be accredited by the prestigious AGA organization as an Accredited Senior Gemologist,” said Zale. “Throughout my 35 years in the jewelry profession, I have always pursued the highest levels of excellence in my craft and business practices. It is an honor that the AGA recognizes this dedication and has entrusted me to not only uphold its Code of Ethics, but also the grand integrity that goes along with being an accredited member of this professional society.”This accreditation adds to Zale’s jewelry designer’s numerous industry credits, including the Academy of Diamond Professionals, International Gem Society (Professional Member), Certified Gem Professional and Jewelry Design Professional Network.With studios in Los Angeles and Bangkok, Zale operates SJ Zale Atelier, a product design and manufacturing studio and resource group. Zale specializes in jewelry designs, brand development and cutting craftsmanship. With access to entertainment agencies and celebrity talent, Zale offers product placement services and custom designs for special events, award ceremonies, and public relations and advertising campaigns.
Most recently, Zale was named as the chief designer for the Renoir Legacy Brand in partnership with Emmanuel Renoir, the great-grandson of the famed impressionist and renaissance painter. In 2018, Steven was commissioned to design, cut, and polish one of the most extraordinary and rare rough rubies into an assortment of fine investment grade gem collection.
About Steven Zale: Steven has spent 35 years designing and manufacturing fine jewelry and gem stones with a passion for creating brands that ‘Make a Statement.” Steven’s timeless designs, craftsmanship and expertise have earned him numerous industry certifications. In June 2020, the Accredited Gemologists Association certified Steven as an Accredited Senior Gemologist. He holds certifications from the Academy of Diamond Professionals and the International Gem Society and is a Certified Gem Professional. The National Jeweler recognizes Steven as the first designer to pair black and white diamonds into fine jewelry creations. Among his many accolades and awards include: Demeter® Colored Stone Necklaces on the Red Carpet for the 2011-2012 Academy Awards; 2009-2014 U.S. Commerce Design Awards; 2008 Forbes Designer of the Year; two DeBeers Designer of the Year awards and the Vietnam Business Association Award. Steven serves as a resource expert on design, manufacturing, and gemstones to the World Gold Council, Diamond Producers Association, International Grown Diamond Association and Jewelry Design Professional Network. The United States Department of Commerce and Vietnam Business Association, along with (PNJ) Phu Nhuan Jewelry Company selected Steven to assist Vietnam manufacturers in building their quality levels for export to America. Steven’s brand of jewelry designs have been published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, JCK, Lustre, InStyle, Seventeen, JQ, Cosmopolitan, Modern Jeweler, Jewelry Couture, Millionaire, Valley, Trends & Colours, Engagement Magazine, Fine Interiors, and DuPont Registry. He has appeared on the cover of Opportunist Magazine and has been featured on Stock Radio, Small Cap Voice, Academy Awards, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and FOX Business News. Steven performs appraisals for respected collectors, insurance companies and private transactions, and also brokers private high jewelry private placement transactions.