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David Wolf, ASA, MGA

 

Email: david@justappraisers.com

Website: www.justappraisers.com
Contact Information:
31 Bell Rock Plaza
Suite A
Sedona, AZ 86351
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1 (201) 602-4410


Appraiser Profile:
David Wolf, Director of Just Appraisals Sedona, LLC
A Graduate Gemologist (GIA) since 1985, David holds a Senior Membership and Master Gemologist Appraiser® designation from the American Society of Appraisers. David served on the ASA International Board of Governors representing the Gems and Jewelry Discipline. He has developed and hosted programs for ASA’s Gems & Jewelry international conferences. David’s professional valuation standards has been accepted by major banks, national law enforcement offices and attorneys for forensic consulting, appraising, mediation and expert testimony. David spent the first half of his career buying diamonds and estate jewelry which prompted him to write articles for professional appraisers, collectors and those interested in “old world” diamonds. As a consumer advocate, he has interviewed with Inside Edition and National Public Radio. Just Appraisals is a preferred vendor with Chubb Insurance and David appraises Jewelry and Jewels for private clientele on a regular basis.
2001 to Present JP Morgan Chase Designated and Approved Vendor - Just Appraisals, LLC
Contracted by JP Morgan Chase to manage their safety deposit box recovery process for jewelry, watches, gemstones, coins and other personal property lost or damaged in major catastrophes: started new LLC, Catastrophic Appraisal Solutions.
2001 World Trade Center Recovery Project
We put together a team of field experts and spear-headed solutions for victims to recover, repair and estimate total and partial losses; recovering their personal property and unraveling its value was important, but their emotional well-being was our highest priority.
2005 Hurricane Katrina Recovery Project
With the experienced gained through the WTC recovery, we collaborated with Insurers, VP of Corporate Insurance for JP Morgan Chase, outside counsel and sixteen branch managers in the region to spear-head another jewelry and precious articles triage recovery center in the New Orleans region; innovated technology and infrastructure to support our recovery team and streamline sorting, recovering and (e)valuating damaged & lost personal property.
2008 Tropical Storm Fay Recovery Project
Our Catastrophic Appraisal Solutions team landed in Chicago to brainstorm and execute solutions for a flooded Chase bank diminished value appraisal project.
2012 Super Storm Sandy Recovery Project 
Reconnected with our network, we set up three recovery centers to evaluate, restore, replace and estimate damages for the contents of safety deposit boxes located at sixteen Chase Bank branches throughout Long Island, Brooklyn and North Jersey.  We brought viable valuation-research approaches along with a seamless process to streamline the work.
Academic Education:
Rutgers, The State University, B.A. 1976, Major in Biology (Pre-Med)
Professional Designations:
Graduate Gemologist - G.G. Gemological Institute of America, (GIA) 1995
Alumni Member - (GIA)
Member - National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA)
Accredited Senior Appraiser, ASA - American Society of Appraisers certified 2016-2021
Master Gemologist Appraiser (ASA - MGA) certified 2016-2021
USPAP Certified through February 2022, Appraisal Foundation
Speaking Engagements: 
August 26, 2019, ASA International Valuation Conference at the New York Marriott Marquis, Gems & Jewelry “A Case          Study of Diamond Portrait Jewels”
Sept 13, 2016, ASA Business Valuation Conference at the Boca Raton Resort & Club - Mock Trial, Expert Witness
2004 – NAJA Conference “Mitigating WTC damages”
Past Positions Held in ASA:
Gems & Jewelry Discipline Committee, Treasurer 2015 - 2017
International Discipline Governor 2004 – 2005
Gems & Jewelry Committee, Conference Chair, Vice Chair, Chair 2001 – 2005
NY Local Chapter, Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer & Membership Chair 1999-2002
Expert Witness Experience:
New York State Grand Jury, 2001
New York State Supreme, May 9, 2014, Ovcharenko vs Sarno
Philadelphia. PA, American Arbitration Association, Feb. 20, 2018, Greenblatt v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Published Articles:
The Personal Property Journal, American Society of Appraisers
Diamonds & Precious Jewels: 2012 and Beyond, February 2012
All That Glitters… The Diamond Market Today, November 2009
The Antique Asscher Diamond Cut”, April 2001
Continuing Education:
ASA International Appraisal Conference, New York, 2019
ASA International Appraisal Conference Boca Raton, 2016
ASA Gems & Jewelry MGA practical exam, 2016- valid until July 24, 2021
ASA Gems & Jewelry 205/206 Accelerated, 2011- valid till July 24, 2016
ASA International Appraisal Conference Las Vegas, 2015
Munsell Color Test- HHR 4th Edition Colorvision 2014 – 100%
NAJA Winter Ace Conference, Phoenix, AZ 2014
ASA International Conference, Washington, DC, 2011
NY Bar Association & ASA, Mock Trial – Divorce, March 13, 2007
ASA International Conference, NY, July 21, 2006
ASA Gems & Jewelry 206, June 3, 2006
ASA Gems & Jewelry 205, February 4, 2006
ASA International Conference, Austin, August 8, 2005
ASA International Conference, Kansas City, July 26, 2004
ASA Post Conference Seminar, Testifying Skills, Report Writing, July 29, 2004
ASA Gems & Jewelry 205 July 29, 2001
Career Positions:
Just Appraisals, LLC, Just Appraisals Sedona, LLC Director & Founder, 1995 – Present
Windsor Jewelers, Vice President, Diamond Acquisition and Sales, 1995 - 2000
Macy’s, Junior Executive, Buyer, Appraiser, 1986 - 1995 
Fine Jewelry Services, Sales, New York, NY, 1984-1986
Precious Gem Resources, Sales, New York, NY, 1982 – 1984
Sherman & Sons, Flemington, NJ, Service Manager, Sales, 1980 – 1981
Madison Jewelers, Fairfield, CT, Diamond Buyer & Sales Rep, 1979 – 1981



 
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.