Nov 202010

It is with great pride and excitement that I announce the creation of a new trade association for jewellery valuers or, if you are on the other side of the pond, jewelry appraisers.

The Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers.

A worldwide association dedicated exclusively to a very rare professional indeed – the truly independent jewellery valuer.
Whilst the need for such an association has been present for decades the decision to form such an organisation was taken within 2 minutes! Let me explain how this momentous decision came to be ……..

Like most people who are passionate about their profession, I have very strong opinions about certain issues and am very sensitive to injustices that can sometimes exist in the appraisal profession, as no doubt they do in any trade.  This of course means that occasionally I can be somewhat “vocal” about things, or as my long-suffering other-half Jo would say, I tend to  “go off on one”.

So there we were, on a Friday night in October enjoying a rather nice bottle of Pinot chatting away and generally putting the world to rights like we usually do, and then yours truly “went off on one” again.

“You know, there are jewellery valuers out there who decide not to buy and sell jewellery, either because they want to ensure that they are seen as being totally independent or do not wish to ‘tread on the toes’ of Retail Jewellers. It bothers me greatly that they are totally unsupported in the trade”

“…… and while we are at it, there are a number of valuation businesses who describe themselves as Independent, that by my definition, are not truly independent at all. They are either owned by a Retail Jeweller, an Insurance Company or some such or they are directly competing with the retail side of the trade by buying and selling jewellery”

“How on earth does a Retail Jeweller who wants to use  or recommend the services of an external appraisal service figure out who is effectively his potential competitor and who is not? There should be a resource that they can refer to, telling them what’s what and who’s who! “

“And another thing …….”Oh no, what have I just said?

And so I ranted on for half an hour or more with Jo nodding agreeably and putting the other side of an argument into our conversation here and there. Then came the fatal line from Jo, “Well why don’t you do something about it then, start your own Association or something”.  No sooner were the words out of her mouth when her expression changed. Her jaw dropped a little and and her eyes widened. I could tell what she was thinking, “Oh no …Oh my goodness, what have I just said? Here we go again”.
You see, I have a bit of a reputation for being a little, er… how should I put this? ….. impetuous.

And so it was, at about 11pm on the 8th October 2010, the concept of AIJV was born.

It is difficult to support one sector of our profession without appearing to be condemning another so it is important for me to state that I accept there are good valuers in both the independent and non-independent sectors.   An appraiser who also buys and sells jewellery is not inherently wrong or unethical, any more than a truly independent valuer is always a good valuer.  It is the intention of the AIJV to highlight the services of the good independent valuers for those who would prefer, for whatever reason, to use a valuer that is totally independent in the truest sense of the word.

Now, some six weeks later, we have a website, a blog, a Facebook page, a Twitter page and a steady trickle of enquiries regarding membership coming in from the UK, USA, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany and South Africa.

One thing has become obvious to me now though, the TRULY independent jewellery valuer is an even rarer breed than I first thought.


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Disclaimer – The AIJV blog is authored by a selection AIJV members specifically to be able present many diferent viewpoints on a large variety of subjects. The opinons expressed by the authors are not necessarily those of the AIJV

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Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith is the principal of Adrian S Smith FGA, an independent jewellery valuation practice in Perth, Scotland. He is also the Founder and Administrator of the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers

  6 Responses to “New Jewellery Valuation Trade Association”

  1. So I guess the moral of the story is to beware of fine Pinot’s and late night conversations with your significant other. Hmmm… now that’s going to be hard to do. Then I guess we will just have to live with the results caused by our vices.

    I think I’ll forever be trying to get my mind around social media. I have enjoyed and felt relatively successful with Facebook in the past year, Twitter is beyond me but I do twit and to my surprise seem to have some followers. Linkedin… well I’m still sorting out how that fits in to the mix. A blog… well that one scares me a bit as it seems that it would take the most focus of all and it would be apparent when it was getting ignored.

    Now the AIJV might just help me get a better grip and organize all this (and get points too!). Thanks Adrian.

  2. Thanks for your thoughts Thom. You will get the hang of it in no time. Although I am with you on your view of Twitter, I have not totally fathomed the purpose as such.

    For those readers that do not know Thom, he is the man behind the San Diego Gem Lab and although he doesn’t know it yet, will be making regular contributions to the AIJV Blog.

  3. Hello, I like the pale chocolate colour and gray of the site, it’s very easy on the eyes and seems
    neutral (ie doesn’t seem leave a colour perception behind when you look away).
    Somebody has been doing a lot of work, congratulations and well done.


  4. Thank you Ewen. We figured that since the AIJV is a very different association it is only right and proper that we had a very different colour-scheme 🙂 I agree, contrary to most peoples opinion of dark schemes, this is very easy on the eyes. Looking forward to promoting your Edinburgh valuation practice – e-Valuate.

  5. Hello from our little bankrupt Isle. Its such a reassurance that at last theres a trade body to support us Indies who are there to provide a fair an honest service to our clients. Especially in Ireland where, unless you are a bricks & mortar retailer, theres nobody to represent you. I look forward to reading and contributing to the blogs and exchanging notes and ideas with my new friends around the world.
    Once again, well done Adrian. Just goes to show why you’re valuer of the year!

    • Hello David, yes the news is not good from Ireland, even more reason for effective marketing of your Irish Jewellery Valuation Services business.

      I look forward to seeing your blogs on the AIJV page, always an education and hugely entertaining to boot!

      In fact I see there is already one saved in drafts ready to publish. Great stuff.

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