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Your appraisal is only as good as the education, training and experience of the person who prepares it.

Experience that matters.

I've been involved with the retail jewelry industry since 1983 when I opened a jewelry store with my father after many years of cutting gemstones and making jewelry.  I understood that to provide accurate appraisals I needed to gain more knowledge and began what's become decades of formal training in appraising gems and jewelry. My advanced titles in the fields of gemology and appraising are your assurance that the appraisal I prepare for you will withstand the scrutiny of any court or insurance adjuster. I've earned the highest designations of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the American Gem Society (AGS), the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA), the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).  As part of the requirements for the ICGA title with the American Gem Society I also completed the three Jewelers Education Foundation Advanced Personal Property Appraiser courses and passed the comprehensive examination.  I chose to relinquish my Certified Appraiser of Personal Property designation and my membership in ISA in 2013 to focus my energies on the other organizations. All of my designations were earned through prescribed study and testing and all require re-certification on a regular basis except my GG diploma from GIA and APPA designation.

Continually Updated Expertise.

It is essential for every gemologist to stay current with rapidly changing technologies for gemstone enhancement and lab grown diamond and gems, as well as discoveries of new gemstone sources and gem varieties.  As part of the requirements for my current designations I undertake extensive continuing education including remaining current with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) of The Appraisal Foundation which are updated every two years.  My Graduate Gemologist diploma from GIA and my APPA designation do not require continuing education; however, I attend classes and seminars regularly to remain current with the state of the industry. I regularly attend the important Trade shows and educational conferences sponsored by ASA, GIA, AGS, NAJA, AGA and AGTA.  These events provide me with up-to-date knowledge and training to better serve your needs. Continually changing Federal regulations and tax code as well as bi-annual changes to USPAP requirements may affect your ability to defend appraised values in Tax Court or other litigation circumstances.  I stay current so you can receive the best appraisal I can offer and information that will protect your interests.

Expert, Impartial Advice.

I don’t buy or sell gems or jewelry to the public so you can be assured that I will remain unbiased in my valuation and grading. I'm here to be your expert and I offer a variety of consultation services in addition to formal appraisal and grading reports. After our consultation, you’ll feel much more comfortable with your ability to recognize the many factors that contribute to quality, value and price.  See the Consultation Services section of the website for more details

Timely Reports.

Appraisals, gemological services and consulting is all I do. Your report is done quickly, accurately and on time.  Contact me and I will let you know my current lead time and if necessary we can make special arrangements to meet your deadlines.

AGS Accredited Gemological Laboratory

The Gem Lab, I.C.G.A. is one of very few Independent AGS Accredited Gem Labs in the world.  Our well equipped gem lab can test the identity and quality of your diamonds, colored gemstones, pearls, watches and other jewelry. If needed, advanced testing will be recommended and we can use our established accounts to make arrangements with the most appropriate laboratory for the necessary tests.  Sometimes advanced testing is necessary to positively identify lab grown diamonds or diamonds that have been altered using high pressure - high temperature (HTHP) processes.  Our screening techniques can separate diamonds that may require such testing.

Flexible Appointment Times.

I strongly encourage appointments because without one you may have a very long wait or I may not be in the office at all.  I prefer to set up appointments Monday - Friday; but, with sufficient advanced notice I can be available pretty much 24/7.  In fact, I can come to you. My portable gem lab allows me to bring any of our services to your location if desired. This can be especially useful for very large or very important estates that require extra security or any time when this level of convenience is worth paying the added expense.

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