Why choose The Gem Lab, I.C.G.A. for your appraisal needs?
Your appraisal is only as good as the education, training and experience of the person who prepares it.
Trained to Provide All Types of Appraisal Functions.
Mark has more than 25 years of experience and extensive formal training in appraising gems and jewelry. Advanced titles in the fields of gemology and appraising are your assurance that the appraisal will withstand the scrutiny of any court or insurance adjuster. Mark’s current professional designations include Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (American Gem Society), Certified Senior Member (National Association of Jewelry Appraisers), Advanced Personal Property Appraiser (Jewelers Education Foundation) and Graduate Gemologist (GIA). He has also completed The Appraisal Foundation’s 15-hour USPAP training course and test and remains current in all USPAP requirements. All of his titles were earned through prescribed study and testing and all require recertification on a regular basis with the exception of the GG (GIA) and APPA titles. For more information see our About Us page. Whether you’re planning or distributing an estate or Trust, insuring your family jewels, considering a charitable contribution or shopping on the internet you need our experience, expert advice and reports that will exceed your expectations.
Continually Updated Expertise.
With rapidly changing gemstone enhancement and synthesis technologies, new gemstone sources and gem varieties it is essential for every gemologist to stay current. We believe that our regular attendance at important Trade shows and educational conferences sponsored by GIA, AGS, NAJA, AGA and AGTA provide us with up-to-date knowledge and training to better serve your needs. Federal regulations and USPAP requirements are constantly changing and may affect your ability to defend appraised values in Tax Court or other litigation circumstances. You can see the details of that advanced training on our About Us page.
Expert, Impartial Advice.
We don’t buy or sell gems or jewelry so you can be assured that we are working for your benefit. We are here to be your expert and we offer a variety of consultation services in addition to formal appraisal and grading reports. After your consultation with the gemologist, you’ll feel much more comfortable with your ability to recognize the many factors that contribute to quality, value and price. You’ll also know if the piece is as represented by the seller and be better able to separate fact from fiction in sales presentations, whether online or in person. If you just need to verify the quality of a jewelry purchase, need a secure shipping address and consultation or just want to sit down in a relaxed atmosphere and learn the unvarnished truth, we’re here for you.
Appraisals are our only business. The job is done quickly, accurately and on time. Many types of reports can be completed within 2 to 3 business days.
AGS Accredited Gemological Laboratory
The Gem Lab, I.C.G.A. is one of 15 Independent AGS Accredited Gemological Labs in existence. Our fully equipped gem lab can determine the identity and quality of your diamonds, colored gemstones, pearls, watches and other jewelry. If needed, advanced testing will be recommended and we can make arrangements for the work to be done for you using our Trade accounts.
Impartial and Accurate Valuations of Your Jewels.
The Gem Lab, I.C.G.A. doesn’t buy or sell gems or jewelry and so there is no potential conflict of interest in rendering a fair and accurate assessment of quality and worth.
Flexible Appointment Times.
Appointments are made for your convenience. You’re not locked into “office hours only”. If you choose to walk in, it’s a good idea to call first since Mark often works away from the office. Usual office hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (please call first, we may be working away from the office). Before or after hours and weekends are by appointment. We’re happy to set up a time that works for you, 24/7.
We Can Come to You. Our portable gem lab allows us to bring our services to you if desired. This can be especially useful for large or important estates or any time when this level of convenience is worth paying a little extra for.
All Consultations and Reports are Strictly Confidential.
You need never be concerned that any information or conversation will be discussed with anyone without your written permission. Your privacy is assured.
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