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LaShawn Bauer's Approach to Appraising Gems and Jewelry
The following .pdf files can be printed to aid in collecting information for thorough appraisals

newSo, you think you want to be an appraiser?
Here is a list of new articles LaShawn has written to help you decide
:

  • I'm a Gemologist, Now What?
  • Maybe I Should be a Jewelry Appraiser
  • How Many Appraisers are Already Out There?
  • Where Appraisal Organizations can I Chose From?
  • How Much Do I Charge for an Appraisal?
  • Do I have Enough Time to be an Appraiser?
  • Advertising and Promoting Your Appraisal Biz
  • Business Card Tips
  • Should I Team Up with Other Appraisal Pros?

  • Click on this link to Download
    The Complete and Definitive Technical Manual for
    Professional Appraising of Gems & Jewelry

    Sample Appraisal

    Turorials on Appraisal Science:
    -Scope of Work, Appraisal Narrative & Value Conclusion
    Data Collection and Reporting

    -The Appraisal Process: La Shawn’s Personal Methodology
    -Appraisal Take-In, Work Assignment, Contract Form
    -Post-Appraisal Client De-briefing and Consultation Meeting

    Turorials on Gemological Tools:
    -How to Build a Diamond Light Cabinet for Under $50
    -Up-Grading the GIA Diamond Lite
    -Reconditioned GIA Photostand
    -Up-Grading the GIA Diamond Lite
    -How to Polarize your Microscope for under $75!
    -LaShawn's Adventures with the Microscope

    Turorials on Gemological Laboratory Requirements
    -Certified Gemological Laboratory Programs
    -Comparison Chart & Table

    -Workplace Environment: Procedures & Protocols
    -Gemological Laboratory Equipment List


    Systematic Approach to Collecting Appraisal Data:
    -Systematic Collection of Critical Information for Mountings - Pendants
    -Systematic Collection of Critical Information for Mountings - Earrings
    -Systematic Collection of Critical Information for Mountings - Brooch
    -Systematic Collection of Critical Information for Wrist Watches
    -Systematic Collection of Critical Information for Pocket Watches
    -Systematic Collection of Critical Information for Clocks
    -Systematic Collection of Critical Information for Pearl Strands
    -Systematic Collection of Critical Information for Pearls:Mounted
    -Tolerances for Weights, Measurements & Grading Standards
    -Chain Data Collection
    -Collecting Market Data
    -Mounted Diamond Data Collection
    -Ring Mounting Data Collection
    -Taking Critical Measurements
    -Loose Diamond Grading Report
    -Mounted Diamond Grading Report
    -Loose Colored Stone Grading Report
    -Mounted Colored Stone Grading Report
    -Mounting Information Checklist
    -Photographic Documentation for Appraising Gems and Jewelry

    Miscelaneous Tutorials:
    -Color Calibration Scale System For Color Correcting Photographs
    -Headers, Footers & Watermarks

    Professional Brochure Collection:
    -Brochure: Trifold
    -Brochure: Questions to Ask an Appraiser
    -Brochure:List of Lab Equipment

    Special Highlights:
    -The Making of a Papal Cross for Pope John Paul II – A photo essay story
    -Overseas Diamond Buying Trip and Working Vacation


    Special Thanks to:
    La Shawn Bauer, GG