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Welcome to the wonderful world of jewelry and gemological education. This is a very broad and old topic, as old as humanity itself as a matter of fact. Here you can learn everything from how to choose an appraiser, to learning more about diamonds, and other odds and ends about the jewelry industry.

While not an exhaustive list, Gemology and Jewelry Education can be divided into eight broad categories, which you can learn more about by clicking into the menu below, or scroll down to explore articles. 

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Would you like to learn more about jewelry, jewelry appraisal, and gemology from Colorado’s oldest ACS Independent Certified Gemologist Appriaser? Then this is the place for you! The article to the right is our most recently published article, or search by topic below.

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Diamond Articles and Education

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Diamonds are likely the reason for your visit today!  The Titles are all recent articles about, or related to Diamonds.

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Selling Lab-Grown Diamonds

One of the popular discussion pieces of the discourse about lab-grown diamonds is that they "have no resale value. That’s why you should buy natural, mined stones. They’re a better store of value."  I'm a fan of natural diamonds, but I’m here to say that selling...

Why Do I Need an Appraiser: Quality Control

One of the key reasons to get an independent appraisal on a new item is quality control.  Sure, you’ve got a GIA report with a bunch of the relevant data, and you’ve got a good idea of the price since you’ve been shopping for months to find exactly the right...

Consumer Tips for Selling Diamonds

"A diamond is forever." Everyone has heard this slogan to advertise DeBeers’ diamonds, and it’s basically true. Al though you can break or lose them, diamonds are not particularly perishable. This has created a whole segment of customers who find that they have...

What are Blood Diamonds

The exploitation of people in poor countries by gangs, rebels and even corrupt legitimate governments is an ongoing global problem. The term “Conflict Diamonds” or “Blood Diamonds” implies diamonds polished from rough that workers mined under forced labor,...

Why Does Every Website Have the Same Stones?

If you've been shopping for a diamond using one of the big Internet databases, you may have noticed a curious phenomenon: It's called “Diamond Memorandum.” Multiple dealers will have the same stone for sale, you know this because it's got the exact same GIA report,...

What is Fair Market Value?

Any statement of value must contain the elements of what something is worth, to whom, when and under what circumstances. An unexplained number is at best useless, and quite possibly misleading. That’s just fundamental to the concept of value and nearly every...

What Does “Appraised Value” Mean for Jewelry Appraisals?

I try to avoid using the term "appraised value" entirely because it causes so much confusion. The problem is that customers don’t even understand what’s confusing about it. “Just tell me what it’s worth.” Here’s the problem: Cynics often want to define value as what...

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Learn More about Jewelry Appraisals

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Would you like to learn more about the jewelery appraisal process? This is the place for you. Learn from one of Colorado’s most trusted and experienced AGS Independent Certified Gemologist Appriasers.

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Why Do I Need an Appraiser: Quality Control

One of the key reasons to get an independent appraisal on a new item is quality control.  Sure, you’ve got a GIA report with a bunch of the relevant data, and you’ve got a good idea of the price since you’ve been shopping for months to find exactly the right...

Consumer Tips for Selling Diamonds

"A diamond is forever." Everyone has heard this slogan to advertise DeBeers’ diamonds, and it’s basically true. Al though you can break or lose them, diamonds are not particularly perishable. This has created a whole segment of customers who find that they have...

Free Jewelry Appraisals

A “free” jewelry appraisal may sound great; but “free” is not free. Read this article to learn about what to ask of your potential Jewelry Appraiser.

What is Like-Kind and Quality

Most jewelry insurance policies are designed to make a customer whole again in the case of a loss. They’re agreeing to replace a lost or destroyed item with another of “Like-kind and quality”. What that means is that they’re agreeing to replace your piece rather than...

Jewelry Insurance

One of the primary reasons for getting an appraisal is for purposes of securing jewelry insurance coverage. The insurance companies require it because it defines exactly what it is that they are insuring. Most insurance companies will replace a lost piece of jewelry...

What is Fair Market Value?

Any statement of value must contain the elements of what something is worth, to whom, when and under what circumstances. An unexplained number is at best useless, and quite possibly misleading. That’s just fundamental to the concept of value and nearly every...

Resale Value vs. Appraisal Value

Definition of value is often the heart of confusion with appraisals. One of the most common questions I get as an appraiser is why resale values, meaning the prices people can get for their jewelry, are so different from the values seen on appraisal reports. It’s a...

What Does “Appraised Value” Mean for Jewelry Appraisals?

I try to avoid using the term "appraised value" entirely because it causes so much confusion. The problem is that customers don’t even understand what’s confusing about it. “Just tell me what it’s worth.” Here’s the problem: Cynics often want to define value as what...

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All Articles

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What follows is a list of all of the American Gem Registry’s jewelry appraisal articles in reverse chronological order. If you would like to know more about a specific topic, click into the category to learn more.

Selling Lab-Grown Diamonds

One of the popular discussion pieces of the discourse about lab-grown diamonds is that they "have no resale value. That’s why you should buy natural, mined stones. They’re a better store of value."  I'm a fan of natural diamonds, but I’m here to say that selling...

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Consumer Tips for Selling Diamonds

"A diamond is forever." Everyone has heard this slogan to advertise DeBeers’ diamonds, and it’s basically true. Al though you can break or lose them, diamonds are not particularly perishable. This has created a whole segment of customers who find that they have...

read more

What are Blood Diamonds

The exploitation of people in poor countries by gangs, rebels and even corrupt legitimate governments is an ongoing global problem. The term “Conflict Diamonds” or “Blood Diamonds” implies diamonds polished from rough that workers mined under forced labor,...

read more

Why Does Every Website Have the Same Stones?

If you've been shopping for a diamond using one of the big Internet databases, you may have noticed a curious phenomenon: It's called “Diamond Memorandum.” Multiple dealers will have the same stone for sale, you know this because it's got the exact same GIA report,...

read more

Resale Value vs. Appraisal Value

Definition of value is often the heart of confusion with appraisals. One of the most common questions I get as an appraiser is why resale values, meaning the prices people can get for their jewelry, are so different from the values seen on appraisal reports. It’s a...

read more