Inside the World of Gem and Jewelry Appraising

Jul 21, 2014

Students filled the lecture hall at GIA’s campus in Carlsbad recently, eager to hear about the world of gem and jewelry appraising. Classes had already ended for the day, but students were ready to learn more ‒ a trait, it turns out, that is necessary to be a successful appraiser.

“We are perpetual students. We are always learning, and we love it,” said Teri Brossmer, an independent appraiser and GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG), who kicked off a panel discussion along with two other appraisers from the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). A drive to continue your education is vital for appraisers because you regularly spend time studying new discoveries, learning about gem treatments and understanding the laws that affect your business, she said.

In this article Kristin A. Aldridge, a GIA Pearls Graduate, Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP) and Public Relations and Communications Coordinator for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) highlights a panel discussion with Theresa Newman-Brossmer, ASA, MGA; Carole C. Richbourg, ASA, MGA and Gina D'Onofrio, ASA, MGA, who shared a behind-the-scenes look at the appraisal profession with students attending the joint offering of the ASA/GIA advanced gemological training courses held at GIA’s world headquarters in Carlsbad, CA.

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