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Trade Affiliations

Austin’s Diamond Specialists

The following information pertains to trade affiliations that Villarreal Diamond Engagement Rings and Fine Jewelry are affiliated with. Please feel free to read about these fantastic organizations that we are proud to be a part of.


Jewelers of America

Jewelers of America- The leading jewelry association in the fine jewelry industry

More than a century ago, in 1906, Jewelers of America was founded by jewelers for jewelers, with a desire to advance the professionalism and ethics of the jewelry industry. Today, as the leading non-profit jewelry association in the United States, Jewelers of America Members stand as the most trustworthy, informed, and professional jewelry businesses in the United States and beyond.

Jewelers of America is the national trade association for businesses and organizations serving the American fine jewelry marketplace and represents every facet of the jewelry supply chain. Trust Jewelers of America’s large network of jewelry businesses to find jewelry to mark life’s most celebrated moments. Each year, Jewelers of America members sign an annual Code of Professional Practices so you can be confident you are shopping at the finest jewelry stores with the most trusted business practices.

Jewelers of America members are your trusted, local jewelers as well as larger chains that span the country. Many of these establishments have been serving their communities and celebrating their clients’ milestones with fine jewelry for over 100 years. You’ll find thousands of Jewelers of America Member stores across the country.

Jewelers of America represents companies from all areas of the jewelry supply chain. Our members include independent jewelry stores, jewelry retail chains, jewelry manufacturers and suppliers, jewelry designers and brands, and service providers to the jewelry industry.

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Jewelers Mutual

110 Years in the Making – Honoring and protecting jewelry since 1913.

A+ Superior Rating from A.M. Best 

As of November 2023, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has earned its 37th consecutive A+ Superior financial strength rating from A.M. Best Company, one of the world’s most respected insurance rating and information sources.

As we celebrate our 110-year anniversary, we reflect on how far we’ve come since our inception in 1913. Through the decades, we’ve remained committed to supporting the jewelry industry and putting our customers at the heart of everything we do. 

We are proud of this momentous milestone and look forward to serving our customers and the jewelry industry for many years to come. After 110 years, we’re just getting started.

Jewelry Industry Council

Jewelers Mutual Group keeps closely connected with the jewelry industry through the newly formed Jewelry Industry Council, an action-oriented think tank of jewelry industry experts, jewelers, and other influential leaders in our industry. Through conducting comprehensive market surveys and listening to key industry influencers, the Council helps shape how we support the jewelry industry for a thriving future. 

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Gemological Institute of America Alumni Member

Current GIA Alumni Member 

Since 1987, Graduate Gemologist Joseph R. Villarreal has been a GIA alumni member in good standing.  Before his career as a Graduate Gemologist, founder Joseph Villarreal, was always fascinated by unusual rocks, minerals, and precious gemstones, and ultimately diamonds. In addition, to further his interest and gain entry into the jewelry industry, Joseph studied Gemology at the prestigious Gemological Institute of America – “The World’s Foremost Authority in Gemology.” There he earned his Graduate Gemologist diploma, with an emphasis on Diamonds and Colored Gemstones. The Graduate Gemologist diploma is a highly valued accolade with worldwide recognition.

After 10 years of valuable buying experience working within the wholesale jewelry and gemstone business in Dallas, Texas, Joseph decided to move back to his hometown in Austin, TX. Soon after, he opened a by-appointment jewelry company selling to private clients. Since its inception in 1997, Villarreal Diamond Engagement Rings and Fine Jewelry has flourished. Joseph’s diligence and hard work have enabled him to cultivate a loyal clientele who appreciate his honesty, integrity, and principled customer service.

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Diamonds Graded By GIA

GIA Delivers Results You Can Trust

GIA’s groundbreaking research and unbiased grading and analysis set the global standards that protect the gem-buying public. With campuses, research centers, and laboratory facilities around the world, GIA is the world’s foremost authority in gemology.


GIA laboratories are staffed by expert scientists and gemologists working with state-of-the-art technology.


Advanced instrumentation and experienced visual observations deliver consistently accurate results.


All gemstones are analyzed under complete client anonymity to ensure objective analysis.


As a non-profit organization, GIA operates independently of commercial and private interests, political lobbies, and advocacy groups. 

Global Standard

GIA reports are the benchmark of analysis and grading, and those who buy, sell, or curate the world’s most important gems rely on GIA. 

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Synchrony Financial

Synchrony Financial Services – Why Look Beyond Big Banks?

As an FDIC-insured online bank, we’re unburdened by the expense of traditional brick-and-mortar branches. That means we can pass those savings on to our customers through our market-leading rates.

Experience You Can Trust

We’re a part of Synchrony—a Fortune 500 company that’s been helping consumers reach for what’s important for more than 80 years.

Dedicated to your future.

We’re an online bank offering FDIC-insured savings products that pass our collective savings along to you, in addition to offering premium credit solutions that pay you while you earn.

Always Open

We’re also the leading provider of private-label credit cards in the United States, so we might already be in your wallet supporting one of your favorite retailers.

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