I would call AGTA, explain the situation and ask if, in this case,
foreign members of AGTA would be acceptable. It's worth asking
Thanks, Daniel, but I tried that--their response: "That's the
policy.....blah blah"----disappointing to see such provincialism in
a professional organization, especially in the gem trade, the most
international of business activities.
The gems that give AGTA its raison d'etre don't even originate in
Canada/USA so I'd expect AGTA should have an international
outlook----so much for expectations.