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What is a Certified Gemologist Appraiser?

What is a Certified Gemologist Appraiser?

Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2016 at 4:34 pm by Preston

CGA-PinSome people who come in our store, from Paso Robles, Templeton, or San Luis Obispo County, are looking for a jewelry appraisal done by a Certified Gemologist.  Usually this is a result of their insurance agent telling them this is necessary in order to get their jewelry insured.  So what is a Certified Gemologist? Backing up a bit, it must be stated that there are no laws set forth by the U.S. government that say anything about who can appraise what in the jewelry world.  In fact, Sally Sparkles could open her own Sparkles-A-Lot-Appraisals appraisal laboratory and start churning out appraisals.  This leaves insurance companies in a tough spot: How do they know that the appraisal is in fact what the piece of jewelry is worth?  In comes the Certified Gemologist Appraiser.  In our case, right here in Atascadero, CA, we have the only two Certified Gemologist Appraisers in San Luis Obispo County. A Certified Gemologist Appraiser, educated and certified by the American Gem Society, has gone through much training and passed strenuous tests in valuing jewelry.  First, the appraiser must become a Graduate Gemologist, or G.G., through the Gemological Insistute of America.  This requires extensive study of gemstones, diamonds, their grading and identification.  The coursework also includes multiple lab classes and strictly-graded tests to pass. Few jewelers become a Graduate Gemologist, yet that is not all the CGA title requires of the student.  The GG title shows that the appraiser knows how to identify and grade gemstones, but teaches nothing of valuing gemstones or the jewelry they're set into.  To become a Certified Gemologist Appraiser, the appraiser must then complete coursework that includes study of appraisals (valuing the jewelry itself).  There is bookwork, multiple classes to be attended, a theory exam and practical exam.  For the practical exam, the appraiser must correctly appraise multiple pieces of jewelry.  Thus, the Certified Gemologist must complete the following:

  • Graduate Diamonds (GIA)
  • Graduate Colored Gemstones (GIA)
  • Graduate Gemologist (GIA)
  • AGS Way (AGS)
  • Registered Jeweler (AGS)
  • Certified Gemologist Appraiser Bookwork (AGS)
  • Attend Appraisals I & II Classes (AGS)
  • Certified Gemologist Appraiser Exam - Theory (AGS)
  • Certified Gemologist Appraiser Exam - Practical (AGS)
  • Adhere to the AGS Code of Ethics and the AGS Way
  • Complete Continuing Education courses

Why is it so important to find a Certified Appraiser in Atascadero, Paso Robles, or Templeton?  If you take your jewelry anywhere else, you may be taking it to someone who knows nothing of why, how and when a piece of jewelry should be valued the way it is.  Furthermore, the appraisal will be of no use to the insurance company.  Thus, your money spent on the appraisal is wasted money.  Don't waste your time or money: Come in and let us help you with your jewelry appraisal today! If you're looking for what you can sell your jewelry for, that's a different type of valuation, also done by our Certified Gemologist Appraiser.  Check out how you can sell your jewelry in our Atascadero store.