What to Expect From a Certified Jewelry Appraiser

If you own fine jewelry, you need to know its value, whether for insurance purposes or just curiosity's sake. To learn the true value of your jewelry, you'll need to take it to a certified jewelry appraiser. A little advance knowledge will help you find out if you have found a genuine jewelry appraiser or a dud.

How Do You Find a Certified Jewelry Appraiser?
Don't be fooled into thinking that a jeweler is automatically a professional appraiser. A professional jewelry appraiser has taken courses from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and has become a gemologist. She or he has then become certified through the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA), the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) or the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).

If you need jewelry appraisals, you can look in your phone book or search online. You can even ask family members and friends for names. Just make sure whomever you choose has taken GIA courses, has been certified by a society of appraisers and is truly qualified to perform jewelry appraisals. If a jeweler can't provide proof of these credentials or isn't willing to discuss the classes he or she has taken, walk away.

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