About the Firm
Gem Appraisal Laboratory, Ltd. is one of fewer than 30 Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA) firms in the United States and Canada that is accredited by the prestigious American Gem Society™. Owner Jim O'Bryant has been employed in the jewelry industry since 1971 and holds the titles of Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser and Advanced Personal Property Appraiser, both issued by the American Gem Society (The title of Graduate Gemologist GIA is a prerequisite for the AGS titles). He is also a certified member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers™ (NAJA).
Meeting the criteria for an ICGA is not an easy task and requires professional training, experience, ongoing education, and a stringent list of required equipment. The firm has been in business since 2000 and was voted by the industry as the #2 best independent appraiser Website in the world for 2011. Jim O'Bryant has more than 45 years of industry experience.
The elite group of ICGA firms does not buy or sell jewelry. They are dedicated to providing their clients with detailed and accurate independent appraisal services.
"When I first joined AGS I was impressed by how it stressed both ethics and education of its members in order to inform/educate the customer during the purchase process. Years later as I decided to become a full time appraiser I was again impressed when AGS created the ICGA designation and restricted it to appraising only and not allowing buying or selling of jewelry to remove any possibility of bias."
• The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers™, Certified Member
• Member Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association™
• Maumee Rotary, Past President
Contact James O'Bryant at (567) 343-5404 in Maumee, Ohio, for detailed jewelry appraisals for insurance purposes.