Whether it’s your diamond engagement ring, that special strand of pearls or other fine jewelry, these items should be appraised for insurance purposes. The most reliable appraisal is an opinion based on knowledge gained through education and special training that is backed up by market research and reinforced by experience.
Locating a qualified jeweler or appraiser to give the consumer the benefit of the most accurate appraisal has become challenging. Few local jewelers and even fewer jewelry stores located in shopping malls provide the consumer with insurance appraisals.
John M. Windelberg of TRIGEMS, Inc. is a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America. He is also a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (N.A.J.A) and the American Society of Jewelry Historians, and a Member of the Scottish Gemmological Association of Edinburgh, Scotland. His undergraduate studies were at Wake Forest University and he is a member of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. (JVC) As an independent appraiser his clients include American Gem Society Stores (AGS) as well as several of the top twenty high-line jewelry stores in the United States.
With over twenty-five years of appraisal experience in the retail jewelry industry, as well as estate evaluations done for banks and attorneys, he brings a broad basis to evaluating the authenticity, quality, design, and value of an article of jewelry.