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Would you trust your jewellery to just anybody? Of course not! Whether you have a financial or emotional attachment to your jewellery, you want to make sure you know what you are purchasing and that you are getting a fair deal. As in any industry, there are always going to be people who might take advantage of the consumer’s lack of knowledge when it comes to the jewellery market. That is why it is important to have confidence in who you are purchasing your precious jewellery items from – you must be able to trust your jeweller. Grandis Jewellers has been in business for over 100 years. Through honesty, integrity and transparency, we take pride in our education and aim to uphold a high standard of ethics. We believe in educating our consumer, and making sure everyone who comes to us leaves with the knowledge and confidence that their purchase was fair. Most of all, we want them to have a great jewellery shopping experience. There are many organizations to which the jewellery industry turns for knowledge, consistency, and market values. Grandis Jewellers is proud to be a member of several prestigious organizations which create the industry standards for pricing, grading, appraising and ethics. Here is an overview of some of the programs and organizations with which the knowledgeable team at Grandis Jewellers affiliates themselves with for training, education, support and expert advice on the many facets that make up the jewellery industry.
Certified Gemmologist Appraiser Program (American Gem Society):
How do you become a Certified Gemologist Appraiser? First of all you must be a graduate gemmologist. Then you must be a member of the American Gem Society (AGS). This in itself is a major hurdle because the AGS routinely accepts only about 20 per cent of all applicants. After further testing, the applicant then becomes a certified gemmologist by AGS standards. The applicant must then keep an accredited gem lab (once again, to AGS standards). This includes keeping certified master comparison diamonds, a gem microscope, special lighting, a computerized database and a current gem library…. Then the applicant qualifies to write the exams. The exam itself consists of three parts.
First, there is a colour vision test. This identifies any shortcomings or variations in the applicant’s vision. Secondly, there is a written examination. Testing includes such topics as insurance policy, proper expert witness procedure (should their expertise be needed in court), estate laws, valuation techniques, gemmological oddities and market variables. Third comes the hard part. There is a six-hour exam in the lab. Each applicant is given nine pieces of jewellery for appraisal. Each piece has to be exactly identified and evaluated for different market uses (i.e. Insurance, probate or estate purposes). Each market has to be researched thoroughly. The lab notes are then taken home where the applicant generates the proper appraisal documentation. Even the documentation is graded for accuracy, legality and professionalism.
To maintain the title, there is a yearly meeting of all the Certified Gemmologist Appraisers (CGA) in North America where new research and legalities are discussed. Each CGA is also tested each and every year to maintain their title and to keep their knowledge and skills current. Appraising fine jewellery is not something that should be trusted to travelling appraisal shows, or by less qualified gemologists with questionable appraisal skills. A gemmologist and an appraiser are not the same thing. True, you have to be a gemmologist to identify a piece and for that there should be an accredited lab, but that has nothing to do with evaluating or verifying a piece. Appraisal skill requires a far greater depth of knowledge.
Reg Grandis of Grandis Jewellers in Petrolia has long been recognized for his professionalism and integrity. Now he is recognized internationally as one of the best. Grandis was among the top 10 per cent of this year’s applicants and has been awarded the prestigious title of certified gemmologist appraiser by the AGS. He is one of only 13 in all of Canada.
American Gem Society:
Source: http:// www.americangemsociety.org/
Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Alumni Association:
Master IJO Jewelers:
Canadian Jewelers Association:
Diamond Development Global Initiative (DDII):
DDII Mission Statement: To gather all interested parties into a process that will address, in a comprehensive way, the political, social and economic challenges facing the artisanal diamond mining sector in order to optimize the beneficial development impact of artisanal diamond mining to miners and their communities within the countries in which the diamonds are mined. DDII's primary objectives are:
American Gem Trade Association (AGTA):
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is an association of United States and Canadian trade professionals dedicated to promoting the long-term stability and integrity of the natural colored gemstone and Cultured Pearl industries.
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