In January of 1973 I received from the Gemological Institute of America the Graduate Gemologist Earned in Residence diploma. After graduating from GIA I graded diamonds for a diamond importing company for nineteen years, and starting in 1995 I began appraising jewelry on a full time basis. I appraise all types of gemstones, jewelry, and watches for insurance or estate purposes.
I am an independent jewelry appraiser, which means I do not buy or sell jewelry, so I am not competing with anyone to sell you a diamond. In other words, if your diamond was purchased locally, from the Internet or while traveling, the seller of your diamond will accept my appraisal as being an unbiased opinion. If you didn’t get what you thought you were buying you will have recourse for a possible exchange or refund depending on their return policy. Over the years I have helped more than a few people get out of a bad purchase and just as importantly I have also confirmed many good purchases.
A typical single item appraisal, or a consultation, lasts about an hour and you are not asked to leave your jewelry since appraisals are done in your presence “while you wait”. I work by appointment and quite often you can make an appointment for the same day that you contact me. My normal business hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. By request I can sometimes come in earlier and on Friday's I can stay later.
29 E. Madison St., Suite 1102
Chicago, IL 60602