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David Wolf, ASA, MGA



Contact Information:
608 5th Ave Ste 706
New York, NY 10020
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1 (212) 315-0750

Appraiser Profile:
2007 Curriculum Vitae - David Wolf, GG, ASA, Master Gemologist Appraiser®

     Rutgers, The State University, B.A., 1976
     Master Gemologist Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers, 2000
     Graduate Gemologist, Gemological Institute of America, 1985
     Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers, 1995
     Windsor Jewelers, New York, NY, Buyer of Diamonds, Antique and Estate Jewelry, Seller to the Diamond Trade, 1995-2000
     Macy's at Herald Square, Gemologist, Appraiser, Buyer from the Public, Diamonds and Estate Jewelry 1986-1995
     Precious Gem Resources, New York, NY, 1982-1986, Sales of Fine Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Fancy Colored Diamonds
     Sherman & Sons, Flemington, NJ, Service Manager & Sales Consultant, 1980-1981
     Madison Jewelers, Fairfield, CT, 1979-1981, Diamond Buyer & Sales Consultant
     Member and Guest Speaker, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, 2004
     Published in and the Personal Property Journal ”The Antique Asscher Diamond Cut”, 2001
     American Society of Appraisers Local NY Chapter - Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer & Membership Chair 1999-2002
     American Society of Appraisers International Gems & Jewelry Committee, Vice Chair, Conference & Programs Chair 2001-2006
Chair & Discipline Governor*
     Expert testimony in New York State Supreme Court, Grand Jury, 2001, 2007

* resigned from Board in 2006 due to Katrina related workload

2007 Continuing Education - David Wolf, GG, ASA

2001-2006 Continuing Education – American Society of Appraisers
End Date    Description    Hours
02/04/2006    Mock Trial – Divorce in NY, NY Bar Association & ASA
2006 Annual Conference Brooklyn, NY July 31
GJ205    04
07/29/2001    GJ205    30
08/10/2005    2004 Annual Conference (Kansas City, MO-July 26-28)
2005 Annual Conference (Austin, TX –August 08-10    15
07/29/2004    Post-Conference Seminar/Testifying Skills & Report Writing 07/29/04    08

2002-2006 Organizational Participation – American Society of Appraisers
End Date    Description    Hours
06/30/2002    Chapter President    15
06/30/2002    Gems & Jewelry/Member    24
08/24/2002    Public Relations & Marketing/Member    10
06/30/2003    Gems & Jewelry/Member    12
02/15/2005    Chapter Meeting    01
06/30/2005    Gems & Jewelry/Vice Chair    24
02/01/2006    Gems & Jewelry/Chair    12

David Wolf, G.G., A.S.A., Master Gemologist Appraiser®
I served on the Board of Governors of the American Society of Appraisers in 2005 and resigned from the board (representing the Gems & Jewelry Committee) due to Hurricane Katrina related work. My expertise includes gems, jewelry, watches, pearls and antiques. In 1979, I started with my father in a small family retail shop. The past 29 years of buying, selling and servicing jewelry and watches evolved into appraising. As Director of Just Appraisers, I operate an independent gems & jewelry lab in New York and I consult on diminished value versus total loss due to catastrophic loss, mysterious disappearance and litigation of precious articles. My clients include banks, underwriters, individuals and government agencies.

In the early 1980’s, I sold rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds for a well known importer and distributor of fine gemstones. Then, I was recruited by Macy’s East to develop their estate jewelry department. I worked closely with Macy’s legal counsel to acquire licenses throughout the east coast. I became familiar with municipal and county ordinances and state statutes. I also assisted Macy’s corporate to enhance their quality control standards with vendors from New York and Bangkok. I headed the appraisal department at Herald Square. After 9 years with Macy’s, I worked closely with Paul Lubetsky, Windsor Jewelers for 5 years. We purchased close-outs directly from Cartier, Fred Joaillier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Bulgari as well as high volume commercial liquidations. My experience includes buying and selling reproduction and antique from Turkey, Korea, India and South America and I can detect current reproductions of antique fabrication in most cases.

I am currently a full time professional appraiser and my approach to value is based on cost guides, dealer quotes and comparable sales research. Upon request, my opinions can be rendered in forensic reports with full market narrative and gemological descriptions and photos.

All those reports include CV and certification, the intended use, a description of the marketplace, the approach to value and the value analysis. All reports and files are held strictly confidential.