The Jewelry Appraiser Appraises Lady Gaga’s diamond ring at $650,000.00.
Lifestyle magazine chose to trust “celebrity jewelry appraiser, Deborah Villepigue” to appraise pop star Lady Gaga’s 5 carat diamond ring.
I am honored to have been granted the title of Independent Certified Jewelry Appraiser by the American Gem Society. I am the only appraiser with this title in the entire state of New York. I am held to a high code of ethics. Consumer protection and education is our mission.Our society has developed its own cut, color and clarity standards. The ICGA title is the highest title that can be obtained in the entire jewelry industry. These credentials required extensive education, testing and hard work for many many years.
One of the many requirements to hold this title is the creation of a certified lab.The equipment in this lab is high tech and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.Many years of continuing education is spent learning to calibrate and interpret forensic equipment properly. We have to be vigilant and quicker than the bad guys which requires a great deal of forensic research.
As one of the higher echelon appraisers in the world I have the opportunity to share research and to communicate with my colleagues on a 24 hour basis.
I need to address an issue that people don’t fully understand and because they don’t, many of you are being taken advantage of!
Because someone refers to himself or herself as a Jeweler, does not mean that they are in anyway qualified to appraise your jewelry.
Even a good jeweler who has worked hard to acquire the prestigious credentials as a graduate gemologist is still not by any means a jewelry appraiser or someone qualified to assess and/or purchase diamonds on your behalf.
A licensed and independent appraiser (they often appraise more than just jewelry) is not someone who gets involved buying and selling jewelry — they are professional appraisers who dedicate their time and focus to providing the finest appraising services in the world. Putting your trust into anyone less, is a great way of having your property inaccurately appraised.
A jewelry appraiser worth their salt, is someone who has been through and completed years of intense and rigorous training to achieve their current status. If you want to learn everything important about your jewelry and discover the greatest and most accurate value of your precious items, search for a licensed appraiser and do not be afraid to ask fro references from some of their satisfied clientele.
There is obviously a lack of education when it comes to qualified appraising and unfortunately, thousands of jewelry owners have already been illegally taken advantage of and have been robbed of their jewelry’s true value.
From personal jewelry appraising to having an estate appraised in the courts, if you refuse to become a victim of someone claiming to have the credentials of an authentic appraiser, do your due diligence and make sure you’re in the right hands. The last thing you want is to look back and say, “would’ve-should’ve-could’ve!”
If you have any questions about finding a licensed, credible and qualified appraiser ion your area, feel free to contact me and I can direct you to someone who will take the greatest care of your goods.
I am an Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser and received the highest credentials possible through The American Gem Society. As a Certified, Registered, Senior Gemologist appraiser, I am amongst a select few, 1of 19, professionals who has been given this title through the American Gem Society.
Here’s the biggest problem with impostor appraisers: It is not illegal to offer appraising or to impersonate a qualified jewelry appraiser. Once the impostor is caught, sure, they’ll get in trouble, but the real problem, is that even if they did a decent job appraising your jewelry, once caught, the work they did for you becomes unofficial and the money you spent having your items appraised, will have been a waste. You will then have to have your items re-appraised and will have to have all of your documents and paperwork redone to meet the proper requirements and specs.
In summary, the greatest thing you can do, is locate a highly recommended and credible independent appraiser who will take great care of you. Protect yourself and don’t become a victim!
Wishing you all the best,
Deborah A Villepigue GG,CSM-NAJA,RMV,APPA,ICGA