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Christina (Nina) M. Woolford, ASA, MGA



Contact Information:
1504 Santa Rosa Rd
Ste 108
Richmond, VA 23229
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1 (804) 288-3793

Appraiser Profile:

Curriculum Vitae


Master Gemologist Appraiser ®



Tested Normal in Color and hue discrimination in April 2006


Founder and principle of C. M. Woolford and Associates, LLC an independent gem and jewelry appraisal, brokering and buying service in the Richmond, Virginia area since 1989. 


Special project researcher for “the Guide”, a wholesale colored stone price guide.


Founder, editor and co-publisher of the “Jewelry Price Report” (“JPR”), a quarterly report available to the jewelry trade containing quality and condition information on antique and period jewelry comparables sold at national auctions.


Instructor of jewelry appraising for the Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) Extension Division.


Instructor of diamond grading and assisted in colored stone training for the Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) resident program in New York, New York.


Sold high quality antique and period jewelry for Avanti Antiques on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.


Purchased and graded gems for a line of fine jewelry for Michael Green New Horizons, New York, New York.


Recipient of the 1992 “Distinguished Service Award” given by the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) for the founding and publishing of the “Jewelry Price Report” (“JPR”).



Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (CAPP)

Awarded by the International Society of Appraisers after successful completion of a comprehensive and rigorous program of education and submitting required references and proof of professional development


Gemological Institute of America (GIA), New York, New York

                Graduate Gemologist Diploma in residence, 1984

¨        Pearl Grading Certificate, 1985

¨        Colored Stone Grading Certificate, 1985


American Gem Society (AGS)

¨        The AGS Way

¨        Appraisals I and Appraisals II


American Society of Appraisers (ASA)

¨        Gems and Jewelry, Appraisal Theory, Methods and Application

¨        Gems and Jewelry Appraisal Techniques and Standards

¨        15 Hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)


International Society of Appraisers (ISA)

¨        Gemstone Appraising

¨        ISA re-qualification courses, December 2005


Indiana University of Continuing Studies in conjunction with ISA, Bloomington, Indiana

¨        Personal Property Appraiser’s Fiduciary Responsibilities

¨        Personal Property Appraising Methodology and Reasoning

¨        Personal Property Appraising Introduction

¨        The Appraisal of Antique and Period Jewelry


Jewelers Board of Appraisal Review (J-Bar)

¨        Passed Examination, September 2003


Ruppenthal GmbH and Company, Hattgenstien, West Germany

¨        Gemstone Cutting, 1986


Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

¨        Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 1978







CHRISTINA M. WOOLFORD, Master Gemologist Appraiser ®, ASA, GG continued

(Education continued)

Appraisal Institute

¨        Basic Real Estate Appraisal Procedures, December 2009

¨        Basic Real Estate Appraisal Principles, December 2009

Continuing Professional Development


Tucson Gem Shows, regular attendance since 1988

                Tucson, Arizona

                Wholesale trading of fashioned gemstones from commercial qualities to the best available in the international marketplace.  Invaluable source for gemstone price research and treatment discussion.


Third International Gemological Symposium, 1999

                San Diego, California

                The Jewelry Industry summit that occurs about every ten years.  Hosted by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).  The symposium was a coming together of the jewelry and gem trade world leaders who discussed the past decade’s trade changes


Antique and Period Jewelry Conference, 2003

                Long Island, New York

                Five days of advanced to fundamental courses and lectures on many topics concerned with antique and period jewelry


Accredited Gemologist Association Conference, 2004, 2005

                Tucson, Arizona

    2004 - A panel of international experts presented information on synthetic diamond production and treatment with hands-on synthetic diamond identification techniques.  Update on the bulk diffusion treatment of corundum. 

2005 - Full day of presentations by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gem Society (AGS) on the research behind their new diamond grading reports.  Other laboratories presented their proprietary diamond grading reports with information on techniques used to produce these reports.

American Gem Society Conclave

                2006 – Orlando, Florida


International Society of Appraisers Annual Conference

                Washington, DC

                Boston, Massachusetts

                Chicago, Illinois

                Dallas, Texas

                Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


                Personal property appraiser’s conference.  Seminars are presented on current, general appraisal topics and gem and jewelry specialty areas.


Gemological Institute of America Career Day

                New York, New York

                Appraisal Panel Participation

                Career day hosted by the Gemological Institute of America providing an opportunity for those interested in the jewelry trade to meet with industry experts and discuss the specialty.

Professional Credentials

Master Gemologist Appraiser – American Society of Appraisers

Accredited Senior Appraiser – American Society of Appraisers (ASA)

Accredited Senior Gemologist – Accredited Gemologist Association (AGA)

Gemological Institute of America – Graduate Gemologist (GG)


Recent Speaking Engagements


International Society of Appraisers, April 2009

                Charleston, South Carolina

                Two cross-discipline presentations; one on the identification techniques and current market for Edwardian and Art Deco jewelry, the other on market research techniques..