Find a Diamond Appraiser
As a professional appraiser for many years I want you to know there can be a big difference when it comes to jewelry appraisers. Almost all appraisers have a diploma in gemology. Most of these are from the Gemological Institute of America, (GIA). But this training only trains one to identify gemstones not how to properly appraise them which includes determining value.
There are a number of organizations that a gemologist can go to for training in valuation sciences. The big three include the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), and the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA). All three of these organizations require their members to stay current with their gemological and valuation skills by recertifying on a regular basis. All of these organizations require their members to abide by a code of ethics. Each organization also has membership categories which designate the appraiser’s level of education and trade experience. You can find more information on the different membership levels by checking each organization’s website.
I have personally compiled this list of appraisers for our clients. Each appraiser has been chosen based on their professional appraisal experience and reputation in the industry. An appraiser cannot pay to be on this list. If there are a number of appraisers listed for your area it is because they are all qualified. My intention is to make sure all of our clients get the best possible appraisal so that they are protected in case they experience the unfortunate loss or damage of their diamond purchase. If you are an appraiser or know of an appraiser who would like to be on our list please contact me. I will be happy to review your credentials and references.