A good appraiser is one who combines the efforts of retail jewelers to stay up on the latest market trends and prices in jewelry and gemstones, with the qualified gemologist who constantly studies the latest developments in the field of gemology. A good appraiser will constantly be in a study mode to learn all they can about the latest in gemological news and events, while watching the market trends and prices on a wide range of jewelry and gemstones.
And perhaps as important as the above is that the qualified appraiser will constantly study the latest news and developments in the legal requirements of the insurance insurance in regards to the insuring of fine jewelry and gemstones. And will keep themselves abreast of the latest laws government both the insurance companies and the insured in regards to the coverage of jewelry.
Becoming a qualified jewelry appraiser takes years of experience and education. Being certified as a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America is only the first step. A gemologist is one who studies gem identification and grading. A good gemologist is not necessarily a good appraiser. But a good appraiser must be a good gemologist. Becoming proficient as a diamond appraiser and gemstone appraiser is the result of years of looking at and studying loose diamonds and gemstones. I am a Graduate Gemologist and belong to the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.
A good rule of thumb in choosing a diamond jewelry appraiser is if you don’t know where to go to get jewelry appraised…read your local jewelry appraiser reviews. Also, if your purpose is to sell diamond jewelry, a current jewelry appraisal will help you decide a better selling price.