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 Post subject: Going off on my own
PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:23 pm 
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Well, it seems like it's time to move on from my current employer and go off on my own, mostly due to new management. I was thinking of getting a small shop for appraisals and doing some gold buying.Any tips for those that decided to go solo?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:22 pm 
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What area of the country are you living in now?

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Join the American Gem Society and become an ICGA.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:03 pm 
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Are you a GG? Being an ICGA would be a good route if you are already a gemologist. If not a GG that will have to be first step which will be quite a different route.
Do you have appraisal experience? I worked for a store in Illinois and got a gig traveling from store to store for appraisals. Low overhead.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:12 am 
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Yep, I'm a GG and been doing appraisals for 10 years. Been looking at the Master Valuer program but funds are be a bit tight. I think theirs only 5 or so GG's in the city so their's not much competition and most only do appraisals for the business they work for.


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Bear in mind that the Master Valuer Program is based on the writings of Anna Miller.
Her books are still available and very, very useful for a beginning, or seasoned, appraiser:
Click on the pics for more info:
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Also, Cos Altobelli's book is excellent:
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Thanks, I'll have to check some of those out. Have to see in any are around in Canada, some of the shipping prices are pretty steep :shock:


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Ask and you will receive:

in Canada:

https://www.amazon.ca/Illustrated-Guide ... nna+miller

https://www.amazon.ca/Gems-Jewelry-Appr ... nna+miller


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Thanks, books on the way. What about space and setup? Right now I'm pretty cramped in a corner, just fishing for ideas


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What instruments do you use?

Main desk where I meet with clients, I have 2 scopes (dark field and immersion), OPL Spectroscope on my right and scale, polariscope, refractometer, mm gauge, camera on the left. Another desk across the room with GemmoRaman and computer.
Behind me is a printer, diamond dock and LWSW cabinet.

My walls are book shelves, with all the books I've collected over the past 40 years.


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I have less then you lol. Just have the basics that I needed for my GIA course and a cheap scope but currently looking around for something better and the elusive master stones.


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You're so helpful Barbra, good thing I joined this forum


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Sorry for the late response.

Look at the mastervaluer website (http://www.mastervaluer.com). The Mastervaluer course is the best way to get you involved in the appraisal industry quickly and accurately. Written by Anna Miller (who also wrote the two books referred to below).
Please give us a call for more information or enrollment assistance.
1-800-731-1122
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