ASA Offers Gem and Jewelry Courses in 2007

November 3, 2006

ASA Offers Gem and Jewelry Courses in 2007

The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) will offer two courses in in Tucson, Ariz., in conjunction with the 2007 AGTA GemFair, and another during The JCK Show~Las Vegas.

Course #SE101, the 7-hour update on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, will be offered Jan. 31, 2007, at Quality Inn Tucson. The course covers critical changes and revisions to USPAP that significantly impact every appraiser and lending officer practicing in the fields of personal property and gems and jewelry. Cost is $175 for ASA members, $195 for non-members.

Course #GJ205, Gems and Jewelry Appraisal Theory, Methods and Application, will be offered Feb. 1-4 2007, at Quality Inn Tucson. GJ205 is an intense, concentrated study of GJ valuation theory and principles that includes the three approaches to valuing gems and jewelry; factors influencing value; appraisal terminology; literal vs. interpretative description; types and uses of appraisals; value research methods for the three approaches to value; data analysis and adjustment; use of statistics in valuation; complete vs. limited appraisal; self-contained, summary and restricted use reports; components of the written appraisal report; writing narrative commentary; and establishing an appraisal practice. Cost is $550 for ASA members, $650 for non-members.

In addition, ASA will offer a course leading to the Master Gemologist Appraiser certification June 3-6, 2007, at the Tuscany Suites Hotel in Las Vegas.

Course #GJ206, Gems and Jewelry Appraisal Techniques and Standards, includes a review of valuation principles and approaches; USPAP update; insurance appraisal and basic insurance principles; qualitative analysis of gemstones and jewelry; ASA descriptive standards for report writing; metals and methods of manufacture; contemporary, period art and collectible jewelry; diamond and colored stone update; country of origin characteristics; natural vs. synthetic gemstones; diamond and gemstone treatments; and alternative gemological methods. Cost of the course is $550 for ASA members, $650 for nonmembers.

Participants must hold a Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma or Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain or equivalent certification. Upon successful completion of this course and registration of the required laboratory equipment, the Master Gemologist Appraiser certification mark is awarded to those students already designated as Accredited Senior Appraisers (ASAs). While the ASA designation is not a prerequisite for the course, it is a prerequisite for use of the Master Gemologist Appraiser certification mark. Continued use of the certification mark requires requalification every five years.

To register, visit the ASA Web site at or call 800-272-8258 and select option 3.

The American Society of Appraisers, representing more than 5,000 appraisers, is the only professional society that accredits appraisers in all six disciplines, including personal property, gems and jewelry, business valuation, real property, machinery and technical specialties, and appraisal review and management. ASA confers the Master Gemologist Appraiser certification on senior Gems and Jewelry members who meet the designation's additional stringent requirements.

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