Education Spotlight: Gemology Boot Camp and Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Coverage

Editor’s Note: The American Society of Appraisers announces the offering of a Gemological Boot Camp on July 31-August 3, 2017 and the Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Coverage course on August 4-7, 2017 at Jewelry Television in Knoxville, TN. These phenomenal offerings will provide gems & jewelry professionals with tools needed to become successful appraiser. ASA sat down with Gina D’Onofrio, FGA, MGA, CMA to discuss each of the course offerings.

What’s unique about the Gemological Boot Camp?
The Gemological Boot Camp invites practicing gemologists who wish to hone their skills and learn new ways of testing gemstones. This lab is being taught by the General Manager of North America Gem-A (Gemmological Association of Great Britain) revealing extraordinary techniques that Gem-A uses. This course will also focus on handheld instruments, instruments that you would be using other than your microscope, to reach a quicker and more accurate gem identification result.

Who should register?
The Gemological Boot Camp is geared towards appraisers and jewelry professional who desire a more sophisticated approach when using their instruments. These widely acclaimed approaches have received the attention of various students from different institutions for its forward-thinking concept.

Why should someone attend the Gemological Boot Camp?
The Gemological Boot Camp will further development your skills to reach a quicker and more accurate result. For many professionals time is money and if an inaccurate result occurs problems can arise and damages will have to be compensated.

Why is the GJ202: Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Coverage course important?
Writing appraisals for insurance coverage is the bread and butter for gems and jewelry appraisers. This course will provide individuals who are new or, for those who are seasoned, the knowledge needed to be compliant with ASA and USPAP (Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice) standards.

Who is this course intended for?
Any interested in pursuing a career in gems & jewelry appraising or for practicing gems & jewelry appraisers who need updated information. This course is also beneficial for insurance industry professionals who regularly rely on gem and jewelry appraisals for insurance coverage decisions.

Any last thoughts about the Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Coverage course?
If you are interested in a career in appraising gems and jewelry, then this is the course for you. This course will provide you with all the essential information needed to write an accurate appraisal report for insurance coverage. And, as an added bonus, it will make you a lot of money.

What’s unique about this location?
Jewelry Television has been incredibly generous in allowing us to use their facility. This location is perfect because it possesses all the required equipment, and participants have the luxury of attending both courses.

Gina D’Onofrio, FGA, MGA, CMA

Gina D’Onofrio, FGA, MGA, CMA

About Interviewee:
Gina D’Onofrio, FGA, MGA, CMA, is a Fine Jewelry Director at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, CA. Gina has worked in the retail, auction and manufacturing sectors of the jewelry industry since 1989. Her experience encompasses jewelry design and production, appraisals, buying and selling of contemporary, antique and period jewelry, sales and management. Gina received her Master Gemologist Appraiser® designation, upon completion of appraisal studies, written and practical examinations and peer appraisal report review with the American Society of Appraisers.

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