About Jim O’Bryant, Our Gemologist in Maumee, OH
Gem Appraisal Laboratory, Ltd. is one of fewer than 25 firms in the United States and Canada that is accredited by the American Gem Society™. This prestigious accreditation is thanks to our company owner, Jim O’Bryant. He is a certified gemologist in Maumee, OH, and one of the most qualified appraisers in the industry.
Mr. O’Bryant has worked in the jewelry industry since 1971 and holds the titles of Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA) and Advanced Personal Property Appraiser, both issued by the American Gem Society. He is also a certified senior member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers™ (NAJA).
A Cut Above the Rest
Meeting ICGA criteria requires professional training, experience, ongoing education, and a stringent list of required equipment. In addition to their expertise, ICGA firms stand out because they do not buy or sell jewelry. Instead, they are solely dedicated to providing detailed and accurate independent appraisal services. In Mr. O'Bryant’s words:
"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."
Before scheduling a jewelry appraisal, look into the background and experience of the firm. You need your property evaluated by someone who is both highly qualified and completely unbiased. Choose professionals you can trust to be up-to-date on industry standards, changes, and trends; choose Mr. O’Bryant and Gem Appraisal Laboratory, Ltd. Since 2000, our company has provided accurate appraisal. We were even ranked by the industry as one of the top independent appraisers in the world in 2011. Both in-person and by-mail evaluations are available.