Thursday, June 23, 2011

Twitter for UGL-USA, Universal Gemological Laboratory

You can now follow UGL USA (Universal Gemological Laboratory) on Twitter?  Follow us at @UGL_USA!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Are you buying your jewelry wholesale or retail?

Many of our clients always ask us if the price they paid was a "wholesale" price. To better explain this and make things a little clearer, we have included a link that explains the difference. The opinion is offered by the JVC which is the Jewelers Vigilance Comittee. UGL USA always provides the Retail client the value which is used for Insurance purposes.

Monday, June 6, 2011

What should you look for when hiring an appraiser?

If you are considering purchasing or have already purchased a diamond, gemstone, jewelry item, etc., you should consult with a qualified appraiser. Following are some of the requirements you should look for before using an appraiser:
  • Graduate Gemologist(GIA)
  • Professional Gemological Laboratory
  • Member of an Appraisal Association
  • Do Not Buy or Sell Jewelry
  • Do Not Charge a Percentage of Value as a Fee
  • Knowledge of The Various Levels of Value
The appraisal profession has many professional designations that you may see after an appraiser’s name. Listed below are some of the reputable associations and the acronyms that may follow the name of a professional appraiser.
  • International Society of Appraisers
-Associate Member
-Senior Member
-CAPP (Certified Appraiser of Personal Property)
  • Gemological Institute of America
-Member (GIA)
-Gemologist (GIA)
-Graduate Gemologist (GIA)
  • American Society of Appraisers
-Senior Member (ASA)
-Fellow Member (FASA)
-Master Gemologist Appraiser(MGA)
  • Accredited Gemologists Association
-Accredited Senior Gemologist
-Certified Master Gemologist

Friday, May 27, 2011


Hi, visit our Facebook page weekly to see our new posts. We post topics that we feel are interesteing to the public, such as fabolous diamonds for sale, unique jewelry items in the news, etc.
UGL USA. Universal Gemological Laboratory is an independent jewelry appraiser. Come check us out!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

100-ct. 'Sunrise' to shine at Symposium!

The 100.67-carat, fancy intense yellow Steinmetz “Sunrise”
is one of many outstanding gemstones that will be on display
at the Gemological Institute of America’s headquarters for
“GIA Symposium 2011: Advancing the Science and Business of Gems.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Stricter standards!

UGL USA has, over the last few months, been implementing tighter grading standards. We have let go some employees, and now believe we have in place an excellent group of people that will enable UGL USA to move forward with its goal to become a more recognized independent appraisal company. We now currently get 2 to 3 opinions on a stone or items quality to ensure that the grade given is an average of opinions. As we all know, word of mouth is the best way to build a reputation or destroy one. So we hope that word of our stricter standards will be spread throughout the public and industry to improve our standing. Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds, Watches, Pearls and all other jewelry items are appraised by UGL USA and the work is accomplished quickly and accurately. Stop by UGL USA and try for yourself. Independent appraisals for insurance purposes are our specialty.

Monday, May 23, 2011


For anyone worried about the supply of Tanzanite running out, see below article from National Jeweler.

Arusha, Tanzania--A series of surveys conducted by mining and supply company
TanzaniteOne have shown that the blue gem’s supply will not be depleted anytime soon.
Dr. Bernard Olivier, CEO at the company, told National Jeweler that, while Tanzanite miners
face challenges in continued extraction of the gems as mines deepen, "TanzaniteOne currently
has an estimated life of mine of up to 20 years at the current mining rate of approximately
2.2 million carats per annum.
(Excerpted from National Jeweler Article, May 2011)

Robert Lejman, G.G.(GIA)