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