Your Independent Jewelry Appraiser
word about accreditations...
What do all the titles mean? First and foremost, a title should apply to the specific industry in which one is appraising. For example: "Gemologist" applies to gemology. "Director of Operations" does not. Question one's credentials. A qualified appraiser should belong to at least one organization that requires their members to continue their education and promote taking classes on advanced appraisal methodology such as: the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, the International Society of Appraisers, or the American Society of Appraisers.
There are cases where credentials have been forged. A quick phone call or visit to a website of an organization in which the credentials are awarded will verify one's credentials.
Appraisers appraise. Jewelers sell jewelry. Many jewelers promote that they perform appraisals to increase traffic in their store. When they do, they have the potential to sell more items and possibly get some repair work from the customer.
Mitchell Dustin, Graduate Gemologist (GIA)
Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser, American Gem Society
Certified Member, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
Dustin. My wife and I started Northern Appraisal Services in 2003. I have 25 years of
experience in gemology, antique jewelry, management, sales, and appraising. I have worked
as an independent appraiser for the past eight years. In my career in the jewelry
industry, I was employed as a jewelry retail store manager, buyer, and broker.
I received my Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America and completed and passed my Certified Gemologist Appraiser exam and the Advanced Professional Property Appraisal exam given by the American Gem Society. I am a member of the American Gem Society and the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. I acquired my Certified Member status from NAJA in February 2009.
In our two person firm, my duties include keeping current on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and how it applies to our industry. Plus, I make sure that we have all the state of art equipment for our AGS accredited Gem Lab and that everything works properly.
What I love the most about appraising is seeing new stuff every day. Every day is new and different and I love the challenge of investigating values and learning new things.
Gina Dustin, Graduate Gemologist (GIA)
Pearls Graduate (GIA), Certified Gemologist Appraiser (AGS)
Member, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
I am Gina Dustin. I received my Graduate Gemologist diploma May 2006 and GIA Pearls Graduate diploma in the fall of 2006. I have been working along side Mitch for the past six years and have been appraising on my own since the beginning of 2007. In Nov 2009 I became a Certified Gemologist Appraiser through the American Gem Society.
As Business Manager, I handle all operations, scheduling and appraising. I am also tasked in keeping up to date on the latest in jewelry industry news, trends, treatments and industry alerts.
Along with my diploma from GIA, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otterbein College, where I studied public relations, and an Associate of Arts degree from Columbus State Community College, where I studied legal assisting. I worked for nearly 10 years in the integrated technology industry in a strategic marketing and marketing communications capacity.
What I love the most about what we do is meeting new people. Don't get me wrong, I like the jewelry, but I hear so many exciting stories from customers on a daily basis. I also find the industry fascinating in the way it is constantly changing.