What makes us different

Fewer than 5% of all American jewelry stores is an accredited member of the American Gem Society. AGS has rigorous ethical standards and require their appraisers to be certified - similar to a physician being Board Certified.  Tom Light, Sr. is South Mississippi’s ONLY Certified Gemologist Appraiser, and must take an annual re-certification exam.  He is well-acquainted with all legal and ethical appraisal requirements. He has testified as an expert witness in many court rooms - including testimony to help convict unethical jewelers! When you sit down with Tom in his Gem Lab, you’ll see his diplomas proudly displayed above all the instruments he uses to appraise your jewelry WHILE YOU WATCH.  Lights Jewelers & Gemologists is the only AGS member in the Pinebelt. Lights Jewelers & Gemologist has highly qualified employees who are certified by the American Gem Society. Our team members hold the AGS titles of Certified Sales Associate, Registered Jeweler, Certified Gemologist, and Certified Gemologist Appraiser.


Lights Jewelers & Gemologists is the only American Gem Society (AGS) member in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Community involvement and support

Lights also supports our customers by supporting our favorite local charities, such as The Pink Ribbon Fund, which was co-founded by Susan Light and Michelle Garner. Lights also offers appreciation discounts to First Responders and military personnel.