Feb 272016
 

ted film crewJewelry appraisers have ample opportunities to quash the hopes and dreams of clients expecting to feather their nest egg when we value their heirloom jewelry.  But, then mom’s “alexandrite” or grandma’s five carat “ruby” turn out to be synthetic corundum and you are the heavy. So it was refreshing to participate in a feel good story recently that got world-wide attention for a few minutes.

The Call

So, I get this call one day from a lady who had dined in a local restaurant and bit down on something hard in her seafood dish.   I have had this story a few times before and have yet to give happy news to the diner.  Well, this lady said the thing was dark and spherical so she took it home and did some research, leading her to think she might have an elusive quahog pearl.  My initial reaction, as always, was to explain that I would have to examine it, but don’t get your hopes up. Continue reading »

Nov 132015
 

insuranceIn this article Auckland Valuer Paul Nilsson questions whether jewellery valuers have kept up with changes to domestic insurance policy wordings as they apply to jewellery.

Most Valuers would agree that when they write an insurance valuation on a piece of jewellery for a consumer their primary objective is to protect the owner.
Here are two scenarios where that objective may not have been met.
Consumer A had an estate diamond brooch professionally valued at $6000 and listed separately on their insurance policy for that amount. A year later they lost it and discovered it would cost $12,000 for the new replacement their policy entitled them to. However the insurance contract meant that the settlement was limited to the specified amount of $6000. Their Valuer had unfortunately only valued the brooch at its second-hand value.
Consumer B inherited their mothers’ engagement ring and had it valued for $2,000 and listed on their policy. When they made a claim 5 years later they discovered their policy only entitled them to a $400 pay out. The Valuer had valued it for replacement with a new one but their policy was for market value (indemnity value) not replacement.
More about these two scenarios later. Continue reading »

Jun 102015
 
Un aveugle guidant un autre aveugle ?

Un aveugle guidant un autre aveugle ?

Il y a de plus en plus d’annonces pour des expertises de bijoux en ligne, dans de nombreux pays et une quantité croissante d’entreprises qui offrent ce service. Ces sites sont trouvés par les consommateurs qui surfent sur le Web à la recherche d’un expert en bijoux. Ces sites représentent-ils une bonne option pour le consommateur? Je ne le pense pas. Même si je peux comprendre qu’une certaine commodité et son faible coût annoncé puissent être attrayants, il est important que le public comprenne les risques qu’il encourt en utilisant un service d’expertise dont, en fait, les réalisateurs auront jamais entre leurs mains les articles concernés.
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May 232015
 
The blind leading the blind?

The blind leading the blind?

There are more and more adverts for on-line jewellery appraising popping up in most countries and an every increasing amount of businesses offering this service. These websites are being found  by consumers who surf the web searching for a Jewellery Appraiser.  Are these places a good option for the consumer? I do not believe that they are.  Whilst I can appreciate that the perceived convenience and low cost can be attractive, it is important that the public understand the risks that they are running in using an appraisal service that has not actually examined the item being appraised.

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Feb 202015
 
Figure 1: Solid opal or opal doublet (composite)

Solid opal or opal doublet (composite)

Admin: Alan Hodgkinson is a Special Guest Author for the AIJV.  Here, Alan explores a tricky opal doublet.

It would certainly make life easier for the gemmologist/ appraiser if all composite gems were claw set, or even better if loose (unmounted) – wishful thinking of course. In such situations, the doublet joint is so easy to see.

Life was never meant to be so straightforward and there are situations where the junction plane of a doublet is concealed by a collar setting (figure 1). The pendant shown (Figure 2) provides a good example of the problem.

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Dec 192014
 

Gems and Jewelry ConferenceMembers of the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers (AIJV) are some of the world’s leading Gemmologists and Jewellery Valuers / Appraisers, so it shouldn’t come as any great surprise that some of the best conferences and education opportunities in Europe, America and Oceania are organised by these professionals.

Below are the details of worldwide Gemmology and Jewellery Appraisal 2015 conferences that are organised by our members or associations in which our members are Office Bearers. All hyper-linked names, be they speakers or organisers, are members of the AIJV.

Education opportunities for professional Gemmologists and Valuers only happen because of the work (mostly unpaid) that these people do and the support given by the delegates. You too can show your support by commenting, liking and sharing using the features at the foot of the page. Continue reading »

Aug 302014
 

Al Gilbertson signing his book "The American Cut"

AIJV member Ted Irwin hosted the second annual Northwest Jewelry Conference August 15-17 2014 in Bellevue, WA, USA. With a twenty-five year history of offering period jewelry classes, Irwin through Northwest Gemological Institute (NGI) started a multi-speaker conference style program in 2013, attracting collectors, dealers and appraisers to a small classroom setting with accomplished instructors. Continue reading »

May 122014
 

Méthodes ancestrales au goût du jour.

(Voir la version Anglaise) Certaines techniques de bijouterie joaillerie sont quasiment en voie de disparition. Pourtant, elles possèdent des avantages à ne pas oublier.

Pour la réalisation de pièces purement massives, les artisans bijoutiers ont appris jusque dans les années 70 à faire des moulages avec l’os de seiche. l s’agit d’un procédé artisanal dont le savoir-faire a été préservé par José ACTIS, artisan bijoutier à Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. José nous a chaleureusement accueilli dans son atelier ce mois-ci, nous allons donc vous faire partager ici cette technique non perdue pour tous ! Continue reading »

May 122014
 

Traditional methods brought up to date.

(View French version) The techniques involved in some jewellery making processes have almost disappeared, nevertheless they can have advantages that should not be forgotten.

Until the ’70s, artisan jewellers learned to make casts with cuttlebone to create of purely solid pieces. The know-how involved in this process has been preserved by José ACTIS, a craftsman in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France. José warmly welcomed us into his workshop this month, so now we will share this technique, fortunately not lost forever. Continue reading »

Oct 312012
 

This biannual conference is hosted by Richard Drucker and his associates at Gemworld International and was attended by delegates from eight countries.  Among the attendees were AIJV members from Canada, Scotland and the USA.

The weekend started on the Friday night with a “Meet and Greet” at the Hotel’s Private Dining Room. It was a time to renew old acquaintances and meet new people. Conversation flowed.

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