Jul 012012


We at the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers pride ourself on our non-insular approach to the way we do things. Yes, we support our members to the hilt but we also support the concept of “independence” in general with regard to jewellery appraisal.

The AIJV is delighted, for the second year, to throw open this award to ALL independent jewellery appraisers worldwide, whether they are AIJV members or not.

Below is an outline of the Award, how to nominate and the timeline of events.

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Jan 212012

Gemworld InternationalAIJV members, Gemworld International are laying on three important corundum classes in the UK in May 2012.

The pricing of ruby and sapphire, their  treatments and importantly, the assessment of these factors, are crucial knowledge for the Professional Jewellery Valuer and Gemmologist.

Below is an outline of the course, the venues (Perth, Birmingham and London), the instructors and the costings.

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Nov 262011

Let me open by saying that I have a stock answer when asked for an opinion on Jewellery Shopping Channels – “I am one of their greatest fans but one of their biggest critics”.

I have publicly praised shopping channels but also lodged official complaints to The Advertising Standards Authority and The Office of Fair Trading.   The jewellery trade’s view of Shopping Channels is at best dismissive and at worst scathing.  Some of their views are wholly justified, while others are not, and have more to do with a reaction to a prolific competitor than anything else.

What follows is an objective view of buying jewellery from shopping channels in general, no particular channel is singled out for praise or criticism so some of the following points may not all apply to all Shopping Channels. Continue reading »

May 132011

There can be few occasions where one can, in the course of conducting one’s business, merge great fellowship, fun, education of the highest order and socialising all into a long weekend.

The annual conference of the Scottish Gemmological Association,  is such an occasion. Three and a half days in the company of friends (old and new) and some of the world’s most eminent gemmological minds, all brought together in the “Fair City” of Perth, for all things gemstones and jewellery. Continue reading »

Apr 102011

We at the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers pride ourself on our non-insular approach to the way we do things. Yes, we support our members to the hilt but we also support the concept of “independence” in general with regard to jewellery appraisal.
With this in mind, the AIJV is excited to announce a new international award, open to ALL independent jewellery appraisers, whether they are AIJV members or not.

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you … <cue drum-roll>… the AIJV Website of the Year Award 2011 🙂 Continue reading »

Mar 252011

One of the most dreaded phrases ever heard in my office goes something like “I want you to have a look at this ring, my husband just paid a lot of money for it on eBay”
I always have an unpleasant feeling that the interview is going to go badly and there may be tears.
How refreshing then when today I was able to give a client some very good news indeed. The client produced a ring which looked as though it had been made from salvaged bits of pre-existing jewellery.  A rather high (for UK taste) wire claw setting with baguette shoulders on a split shank.  It did the job but without much in the way of style. However, it was what was in the central collet which made the customer’s trip worthwhile. Continue reading »

Mar 072011

David Callaghan receiving the "David Wilkins Award" from the Institute of Registered Valuers

Always on the look out for interesting talks, seminars and workshops to attend, I thumb through the trade magazines and have a phrases programmed into Google in case anything is listed on the internet.  Well, a couple of weeks ago, an email arrived in my inbox with details of a talk to be held by David Callaghan in Thatcham, Berkshire.  Now any talk by David is bound to be of interest to me and his talks are guaranteed to be good! My next thought …. ‘What was he talking about?’ ahhh …. René Lalique.  The chance to hear the great man talk about the legendary René Lalique was not to be missed! Continue reading »

Mar 012011

We have all seen the destruction that has occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand at the hands of a devastating earthquake and AIJV is relieved to learn that our Kiwi members were not caught up in this disaster.

However, one of our UK members has family in Christchurch and whilst they are alive, they are in a bad way – no water, no working sewer and four children to look out for. But even they are lucky compared to some who have lost everything, in some cases, even losing their loved ones … forever. Continue reading »

Jan 312011

Admin: Dr. Jack Ogden is a Guest Author for the AIJV.
Here, Jack identifies the need to consider design and craftsmanship as value attributes.

The woman fixed me with an icy stare. The problem was a valuation – isn’t it always?   She was querying a valuation that she’d had for a ring, and I was trying to explain that there were almost as many different types of valuation as there are types of cheeses.  Was it a valuation for insurance, for sale, for probate…?  “For goodness sake” she glowered, “I just want to know its intrinsic value.”   Continue reading »

Jan 192011

This study was developed to enhance the understanding of the various levels of the retail market.

  • There are many markets available to the consumer for purchasing jewelry and gemstones at retail.
  • There are specific and stratified retail markets available to gemologists and appraisers.
  • This article covers High-End Guild stores, Kiosk jewellery sellers and everything in between. Continue reading »