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Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA. Villepigue CEO, President and Head Appraiser of The Jewelry Appraiser, Inc.

  • Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA)
  • Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser Firm
  • NY’s Only Accredited Gem Laboratory® Flagship office in Manhasset, NY
  • NY’s Only Accredited Gem Laboratory Portable Lab®
  • Regarding Mrs. Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA
Jewelry appraisal

My Name is Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA. I am the CEO of The Jewelry Appraiser, Inc. located in Manhasset, New York. I am currently on Section part 36 for New York State.

I have been working in New York State Courts for almost 20 years as a private contractor and an Independent Jewelry Appraiser. I have been working in my field for 30 years now. I am one of the most qualified Jewelry Appraisers in the World. There are curtly less than 15 people that have my quantification in the entire world. An expert in regarding all Gemstones, precious metals, Diamonds.  I am proud to have received from all my experience and many years of education to be awarded the prestigious title of Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA). I have also been awarded the title of Advanced Personal Property Appraiser (APPA). I talk on behalf of the Bar Association and many other public speeches on how to buy the Gems & Jewelry and or also sell, liquidate or donate. I am USPAP Certified, and the IRS accepts my work.

Mrs. Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA is a highly respected member of the jewelry industry who has been awarded the prestigious title of Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA) also Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser and an Advanced Personal Property Appraiser (APPA), from The American Gem Society. She has been actively involved in the jewelry business since 1986.  As The Jewelry Appraiser Inc., She maintains an office and American Gem Society (AGS) Certified gemological laboratory at 1295 Northern Blvd. suite #15 Manhasset, New York, 11030. She is currently a full-time appraiser of Gems, Jewelry, and all Metals.  The Jewelry Appraiser Inc. is an Independent Certified and Accredited Gem Laboratory, the only designated one in New York State. We neither buy nor sell. Most Courts accept the Jewelry Appraiser Inc. appraisals, the US Government, the IRS, US Customs, Law Enforcement Agencies, major insurance companies, as well as by jewelers and other businesses. Ms. Villepigue’s appraisals are used to determine the identification and value for all jewelry (estate and modern) and metals (precious and base) all types of jewelry from around the world, all Gems Stone: Rough and polished goods, Rough Diamonds and Polished Diamonds, Silverware, Flatware, all type of Watches including table-top and Pocket Watches, Clocks, Micro Mosaic pictures and jewelry, wall hangings and tables, antiques and vintage valuables. Also, she is an expert in new contemporary jewelry. She is able to conduct forensics testing on real or fraudulent goods being sold. She helps out many people and different organizations around the world. Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA maintains a current data file for her past appraisals for a period of 7 years.  Her library includes authoritative appraisal manuals and current price indexes, as well as reference books and trade periodicals. Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA gemological education has earned her the Graduate Gemologist (GG) Degree from the Gemological Institute of America. Advanced Gemological and Appraisal training has earned her the title of Advanced Personal Property Appraiser (APPA) and Independent Certified Gemological Appraiser (ICGA). Ms. Villepigue is the only one to hold this title in New York State and 1 of 19 in the US.  She also has earned the Registered Master Valuer (RMV) degree, the first of such in New York.  As a graduate of the Bulova School of Jewelry, she has earned the title of Graduated Master Jeweler (GMJ).  She is a past officer of the Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association. She is still an active member of the Alumni.  She is an active charter member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), also a member of The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA).  Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA is a member of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) which helps to maintain honesty and integrity in the jewelry industry.   She is also a current member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, as well as The American Society of Jewelry Historians.  Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA is active in many Jewelry organizations in the United States. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA continues her education and training through The American Society of Appraisers, the Gemological Institute of America, the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, the Forensics of Gemology and the American Gem Society. Various courts throughout New York State have retained Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA, The Jewelry Appraiser Inc., on numerous occasions for expert witness testimony.  She also works with different District Attorneys on the Forensics of jewelry to determine a value for prosecution or defense, criminal matters and civil matters even for which State and Federal inheritance taxes divorces and Estates Appraisals.  Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA is one of the primary Jewelry Appraisers for New York State. Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA. has extensive experience in all phases of the jewelry industry.  She was a buyer of colored gemstones, pearls, and diamonds for television productions and major retailers. She also was a designer and manufacturer of jewelry for major catalogs that have circulated in the U.S. and internationally.  Her expertise in colored gemstones and pearls was greatly enhanced during her employment as a consultant for American Express in the Fine Jewelry Department. Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA has worked in the gemological equipment departments as a consultant.  She has helped to develop the GMK Microscope and many other tools that are used worldwide by the jewelry industry. She has also assisted in the lighting industry.  Her findings have changed the LED lighting worldwide.  Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA helps to maintain honesty and integrity in the wholesale, manufacture and retail areas of the jewelry industry by advising industry members and organizations. Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA has been recognized by Cambridge’s Who’s Who in 2010 and awarded the title of VIP Business and Accomplished Gemologist Appraiser in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Deborah has also been awarded by her community from the Chambers Of Commerce, Hall Of Fame Business 2014, 2016, 2018 & 2019. Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA is active with many Native American organizations and works very closely with the Native American Councils in both jewelry and the pure art form of Native American Art.  She is a designer and creator of different important pieces of art and jewelry for the heads of the Native American Councils, as well as an educator and lecturer on Native American Jewelry, stones, artwork and culture. Also lectures on Gems, Jewelry and the current events of the industry. She is also a large part of STOPPING the illegal part of the Conflicts Diamonds (Blood Diamonds) grading Rough Diamonds, Rough Gemstones and Gold and other metals. Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA donates her free time to many charitable organizations and is an active member of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA). Deborah A. Villepigue GIA-GG, RMV, AGA, APPA, CGA, AGS-ICGA The Jewelry Appraiser, Inc.

Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA, one of the Industry’s foremost and credible Jewelry appraisers, has been professionally crafting her art since 1987. Her business, “The Jewelry Appraiser, Inc.”, of Manhasset, NY, offers a plethora of comprehensive appraisals and consultation services for the following:

  • REPLACEMENT VALUATION— for Comparable Insurance Coverage Underwriting
  • FAIR MARKET VALUATION— for Estate, Taxation, or Distribution
  • MARKETABLE CASH VALUATION— for Trade or Prospective Sale of Personal Jewelry
  • DAMAGE ASSESSMENT VALUATION— for Insurance and Capital Loss
  • DONATION VALUATION— for Charitable Giving

Forensic Gemological Analysis Pursuant to Resolution of Legal Issues.

All documents provided by Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA are widely accepted by major insurance companies, premiere auction houses, estate and probate attorneys and in most court situations.

When you work with Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA, you can expect more than just the discretion and value of a certain piece of jewelry. Her method of appraising is far more in depth when compared to industry standards and you will quickly recognize her passion in making your appraisal nothing but the very best.

Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA credentials include a Master Graduate Jeweler degree, which affords her the wisdom to know precisely what goes into making a particular piece of jewelry. She is quite capable of
evaluating the jewelry’s workmanship, making sure that your jewelry piece has been properly crafted and is suitable to wear. Feeling good and confident about your appraisal is Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA primary concern.

All documents provided by Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA are widely accepted by major insurance companies, premiere auction houses, estate and probate attorneys and in most court situations.

When you work with Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA, you can expect more then just the discretion and value of a certain piece of jewelry. Her method of appraising is far more in depth when compared to industry standards and you will quickly recognize her passion in making your appraisal nothing but the very best.

Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA credentials include a Master Graduate Jeweler degree, which affords her the wisdom to know precisely what goes into making a particular piece of jewelry. She is quite capable of
evaluating the jewelry’s workmanship, making sure that your jewelry piece has been properly crafted and is suitable to wear. Feeling good and confident about your appraisal is Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA primary concern.

An appraisal done by someone without the proper training will very often misinform their client, thus affecting many situations, such as; a return policy, a limited warranted, the value of an heirloom, insurance, etc. Most insurance companies will not cover the workmanship that goes into making a piece of jewelry. The qualified appraiser’s ability to know precisely whether a particular piece is or isn’t made correctly can mean the difference between feeling 100% secure and 100% sorry. 

Without a proper evaluation, a consumer may never be able to recover a substantial loss. The Jewelry Appraiser facility contains only the most modern on site and mobile laboratories for all inspection, identification or analysis of: diamonds, colored gems, metals and fine jewelry.

Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA utilizes a wide array of gemological trade supplies and industry research to conduct all appraisals. Constantly pursuing additional education through the most recognized organizations, Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA appraises using the most up to date tools and technologies available within the jewelry appraiser industry. 

Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA abilities and her passion to remain at the top of her profession, involves great persistence and dedication and has helped her to become one of the most widely recognized professionals amongst her peers. Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA workload includes conducting daily research with in house reference tools, including the industry’s latest reference library. It includes current marketing, pricing and consumer trends for diamonds, colored gemstones, precious metals and fine jewelry. All appraisals and services rendered by Deborah A. Villepigue GG, RMV, AGA, APPA,CGA,ICGA and The Jewelry Appraiser, Inc., are governed by the industry’s leading recognized diamond grading system of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the Code of Ethics of The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA), the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) and The American Society Of Appraisers (ASA).

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