The Professional Appraiser

Professional appraisers are few and far between; the typical jewelry appraisal is done by a sales person working at a jewelry store. Most do not have formal Gemological training or am appraisal writing standards education.

Appraising is a profession, just as a doctor, lawyer, or CPA, where one must be educated and tested. It’s important for an appraiser to have learned the way around the industry. They should have hands-on experience with every aspect of the industry and have spent years in areas ranging from supply chain, manufacturing, design, to retail. The Graduate Gemologist courses include classes on: Diamonds, Diamond Grading, Color Stone Essentials, Color Stones and Gem Identification.

A professional appraiser has an education backed with a high level of experience and product knowledge. A professional will have taken and passed courses and prescribed examinations in evaluation and valuation, principles and business practices, appraisal ethics, standards and report writing. This type of professional will also keep up with the standards and changes through rigorous continuing education.

Membership held within a professional appraisal organization is a good indicator of the appraisers’ commitment to their clients.

Jeffrey Maurer is a Graduate Gemologist (GG) with his diploma from the Gemological Institute of America and is trained in the identification and valuation of diamonds, colored stones and other jewelry items. He has over 15 years of experience in the jewelry industry, working as an appraiser, jewelry broker, jewelry store manager, goldsmith, and divisional materials manager. He is the owner of Atlas Jewelry Appraisals that service the Dallas - Fort Worth area.

His other qualifications include experience with high volume manufacturing, high quality manufacturing, jewelry wax design, and CAD/CAM design. Jeffrey Maurer's education and experience includes the following:

To find the most competent appraiser for your jewelry, we suggest that you choose an appraiser that has a minimum of 10 years in the industry, has achieved the level of Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America, and has held a minimum of three different positions in the supply chain.

If you want to learn everything important about your jewelry and discover the greatest and most accurate value of your precious items, search for a licensed appraiser.

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