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Accredited Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). Their
advanced designation in Gems and Jewelry is the highly respected Master
Gemologist Appraiser.
The jewelry appraiser should also be a Graduate Gemologist (GG) of the
Gemological Institute of America (GIA), or a graduate of the Gemological Institute of
Great Britian.  A Gemological degree assures that the individual appraising your
jewelry and gems can identify and grade gem materials.
Why Should I Have My Jewelry Appraised?

1.  You need an appraisal if you want to obtain insurance coverage on items worth
more than $500.

2.  You should have an appraisal if you plan to sell your jewelry or use it as collateral.

3.  You need an appraisal to settle an estate or for fair distribution of gifts.

4.  You need an appraisal to claim a casualty loss for your insurance company or the IRS.

5.  You should have an appraisal for division of property in a divorce.

6.  You need an appraisal for tax deduction of a charitable contribution.

How Often do I Need My Jewelry Appraised?
The Insurance Institute of America recommends that jewelry be re-appraised
every two years.  At GEM SECURE your appraisal will be on file for five years.  
Updating your appraisal can be done relatively quickly and inexpensively.

Do I Have to Leave my Jewelry to Have it Appraised?
You may leave your jewelry for appraisal, or arrange to wait and watch while the
qualitative analysis is carried out.  Many people prefer to leave the items for appraisal
and run a few errands for a couple of hours and return to pick it up later in the day.  
You can also have the appraisal done in the comfort of your home.  For an additional
fee we can do the appraisal in your home, office or jewelry store with our Portable
Gem Laboratory.
Designated Member of the International Society of Appraisers.  Their higest level of
accreditation is the Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (CAAP).
How do I select a jewelry appraiser ?

There are many titles appraisers can obtain, some of which require extensive training, and
others with few requirements.  The American Society of Appraisers is one of the largest and
most respected appraisal organizations in the world.  There purpose is to establish
requirments for professional appraisal practice and to promote and maintain a high level of
public trust in professional appraisal practice.

Always ask what testing and training the appraiser has undergone to achieve the title.

Some of the most respected titles are: