A certified jewelry appraiser examines jewelry to determine its value, which they then put into writing in the form of a certificate or appraisal document. They complete this process by researching the current market and referring to auction catalogs and price lists. Most appraisers hold certifications as gemologists and often work in small retail or repair shops.
Register for and complete a Master Valuer Program or gemologist certification program. These are courses that are designed to provide you with the appropriate training in identifying common and unusual gemstones. You will also learn the ways in which market factors affect the value of stones and precious metals, such as platinum and gold.
Update your C.V. to reflect your professional jewelry appraisal certification. Be certain to highlight the areas of study that you have undertaken so that potential employers will be aware of your skills.
Find a job in a retail jewelry store. Doing so will give you an opportunity to put your training to use and gain additional experience. Make a point to learn as much as you can about different types of gems and precious metals. Learn about trends in jewelry design and the latest treatments and synthetic stones.
Make contacts in the industry. This will enable you to work independently and to work under contract for banks, retailers, museums and auction houses.
Stay current with your certifications and continue your education. This includes gaining additional certification for other professional organizations, such as the Gemological Institute of America, or GIA. This will help you stay current in your knowledge as technology progresses.
Due to the nature of the work, you will need to pass a background check that is free of any criminal convictions.
It can take up to five years to complete your appraisal training, so be sure to account for that when planning your career.