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How to Hire a Gemologist/Jewelry Appraiser

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You want to insure your jewelry and need an appraisal: who will you hire? A Professional Gemologist, Jewelry Appraiser.

Now, you will need to find a Graduate Gemologist who is also professionally educated in appraisal methodology that will properly identify and value your jewelry item.


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    Contact an appraisal organization. A professional appraisal organization will offer continuous educational seminars and accreditation.
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    Review the credentials of the appraiser and keep in mind that a Graduate Gemologist is educated in authenticating faceted gemstones: identification and grading. An Appraiser is formally educated in appropriate valuation methodology that follows the minimum guidelines set forth by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
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    Some Gemologist/Appraisers are independent: they don't buy and sell. Some Gemologist/Appraisers work in or own a jewelry store. You need to decide if which is right for you.
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    Here are several questions you may want to ask the perspective appraiser: Do you include color photographs of my jewelry? Have you ever had your color vision formally tested? Do you have any formal appraisal and gemological education? Will my items remain on the premise? Can I wait for the items?

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  • Several professionally recognized appraisal organizations you might want to contact ASA (appraisers.org), ISA (ISA-appraisers.org), or NAJA (najaappraisers.com).
  • The Market, where the item is most commonly found, and the most common retail price paid, is where the opinion of value is based. An appraisal, is the process of estimating value.


  • It is unethical to charge a percentage as an appraisal fee.
  • "Certified". GIA does not certify diamonds; it grades them. According to GIA, unacceptable are the following: GIA Certified, GIA Certified Diamonds or GIA Diamond.
  • The definition of wholesale is "the sale of goods for resale." You might have purchased an item at below the most common retail cost, but it is still purchased at the retail level, you are the end user.
  • Beware of "sound a like" appraisers There is no such thing as a "Registered Gemologist" "Certified Gemologist" or "Licensed Gemologist" These are made up terms by fraud artists out to steal your money.
  • Check with your insurance company about what qualifications are needed for your appraiser. The majority require the appraiser to be a graduate gemologist from the GIA.
  • Licensing signifies formal permission, granted by a government-appointed, or recognized board. To date, licensing exists only for real estate NOT a gemologist/ jewelry appraiser.

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