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Traveling and buying jewelry?  Beware and take care.

Travel destinations often use hype, and high pressure.  They may easily abuse naive clientèle and impulsive shoppers.  There is often insufficient time to make high quality and informed decisions when buying in these locations.  Professional appraisers generally suggest: Only buy where there is a fair and adequate return policy in place. Don’t buy when you […]

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QUALITY REPORT USPAP and NAJA compliance statements

These statements and certifications apply to all reports, but especially ones we create that do not have dollar value amounts.  Such reports are Quality Reports and are very useful for firms and individuals who wish to sell items on-line to retail shoppers.  Since these reports are generally only a single page on websites, we believe […]

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A directly quoted comment from a consumer / purchaser of an ASET and Ideal-Scope. April 2017

“I used the ASET, Ideal-Scope, and LED loupe and what a difference it made in my evaluation of diamonds at a local retailer I’ve already visited a few times. None of the diamonds they were trying to sell me, a few being Forevermark black labels H&A’s, came close to ideal light performance. In fact, the […]

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Best Practices in Selling Estate Jewelry, Diamonds and Gems

 A definitive guide to doing the job right, without regret, and without making costly mistakes. For over 40 years of my even longer career in the jewelry industry, I bought and sold estate jewelry, diamonds and gems. There is nothing like daily experience over decades to give someone a unique and wonderful insight into the […]

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Keys to my personal 50 plus years of business success

In contemplating what has been the prime motivation or philosophy for myself and my business enterprises over the last thirty years, I have realize that the quest to create a successful enterprise and a respected reputation have been my primary goals. These long term goals were the gift and the responsibility laid on to me […]

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Why hire an Independent appraiser?

A professional, independent appraiser ties up all the loose ends of an important purchase. The appraiser makes certain that the diamond is in the condition listed on the report at the time of delivery to you rather than months or even years later.  If there is anything wrong, the only time to know it is right […]

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Using Ideal-Scope and ASET

USE “CTRL+” to make the two image reference charts larger and more useful. How to use Ideal-Scope and ASET, click on this link and go to a clearer, full size page which is easy to read and follow.    

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Is It Time to Sell Your Jewelry?

Styles, fashion, finances, incomes, expenses, priorities all have undergone great changes over the past 10 years for nearly all of us. While life is still good here compared to most of the rest of the world, it may be now that jewelry sitting in a hiding place, a safe or a bank vault needs to […]

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Grading the Light Behavior of Ideal Cushion Cuts

Recently I had the opportunity to use a Verigem® device, an objective light behavior tool specifically created for diamond light return grading, to examine two Branded Cushion cut diamonds which happen to have the AGSL blessing of Ideal make.  These are diamonds designed and marketed by one of many popular vendors on Pricescope.  When you […]

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Divorce appraisals of jewelry. A necessary evil for many soon to be ex-couples.

  For many years I refused to do this kind of work preferring to let others handle this unfortunate, inconvenient and often somewhat ugly matter surrounding a divorce.   Maturity, more patience and understanding, has led me back into the fray in these contests.  Most of the time, it seems the wife intends to keep the […]

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