About the Firm - Certified Gemologist Appraiser in Maumee, OH
Gem Appraisal Laboratory, Ltd. in Maumee, OH is one of fewer than 25 firms in the United States and Canada that is accredited by the prestigious American Gem Society™. This is because this company is under the leadership of Jim O'Bryant. He is the company owner, as well as a Certified Gemologist Appraiser.
Mr. 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 senior 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 company has been in business since 2000 and was voted by the industry as the #2 best independent appraiser website in the world for 2011.
The elite group of ICGA firms does not buy or sell jewelry. The group is dedicated to providing clients with detailed and accurate independent appraisal services. It is essential for those who own valuable pieces, such as watches, rings, pendants, and bracelets to have an accurate appraisal by an independent gemologist. This person has no bias one way or another, whether trying to inflate the price of an item to flatter a client or underpricing the item as part of an insurance appraisal for replacement value, instead of stated value.
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 you have your jewelry appraised, look into the background and experience of the potential appraiser. Appraisal goes way beyond merely selling jewelry. Experience is a key requirement, as is education, certification, and industry affiliation. The professional you can trust you to let you know the fair value is up-to-date on industry standards, changes, and trends.
Bring your valuables to Mr. O’Bryant for a qualified insurance appraisal. This way, you can see what he does and ask your questions. If that is not possible, you can mail your items into our lab.
• The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers™, Certified Senior Member
• Member Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association™
• Maumee Rotary, Past President
Contact Mr.O'Bryant today for detailed jewelry appraisals for insurance purposes. He and his staff proudly serve customers in Maumee, Ohio, and the surrounding area.