How to Become a Jewelry Appraiser

If you would you like to learn how to become a jewelry appraiser, then you are in the right place. We have gone through great lengths to get you the most up to date information on how to become a jewelry appraiser.

Before we begin you should ask yourself why do you want to become a jewelry appraiser? This is a pretty important question each person will have their own reasons but you need to have a clear understanding why you want to pursue this goal.

By having a clear goal in mind it will provide you with motivation to continue striving even on days when you do not feel like studying.

Selecting the Right Jewelry Appraisal Courses

There is a significant number of jewelry appraisal courses available online but they are not all created equally. What you will need to do is find out how long the institution has been providing these courses and whether they are “accredited” If the institution is not accredited then it would not be wise to pursue your studies.

When you have confirmed the institution is in fact accredited you should find out what type of results graduates from the program had by looking for feedback. There should be references left by individuals who participated in the program, try to target the appraisal programs that have the greatest number of positive reviews. Education is not enough, in order to differentiate yourself from all of the other jewelry appraisers out there you will need to gain experience.

Best Ways to Gain Experience When Trying to Become a Jewelry Appraiser

After you have completed your education you will need to gain some practical experience. There are jewelry shops that will let you become an apprentice. In this role you will learn from some of the most experienced individuals in the industry. One of the most important tasks is coming up with a fair market value for the jewelry being appraised, if the appraisal is too high then the prospective buyer could be put at a disadvantage.

On the opposite side of the coin if the value is too low then the seller is also placed at the disadvantage. To properly appraise the jewelry, the appraiser will need to look at what similar pieces have sold for in the last 90 days. While an individual could simply look at the value of the raw metals and precious gems that is not enough. In order to properly appraise the value there is a need to look at the aesthetics of the jewelry before any decisions can be made.

By studying under a qualified expert you will develop the jewelry appraisal skills needed to become the very best in the industry. Just to recap some of the qualities you will need to have if you want to become a great jewelry appraiser.

  • Keen attention to detail, one slight mistake could impact the value of the jewelry.
  • Desire to always learn, this is a career that requires a considerable amount of ongoing training to stay ahead of the curve.
  • A sincere love of fine jewelry, this is just not another “job” but an actual career path that can be very rewarding.

If you have these values, then you would be a natural fit for the jewelry appraiser role.

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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