Published on 01-30-2015 10:25 AM
It comes as a great surprise to many consumers that a professional license is required to appraise a $250K house, but absolutely no professional license is required to appraise $900K worth of jewelry sitting inside that house. Perhaps more surprised were the lawyers involved in the Tibet andesine fraud litigation when they realized that the gemology/appraisal industry has absolutely no professional standards or oversight.
The fact is, there is no professional license required to offer services as a gemologist or jewelry appraiser, and with that is the compounded problem that none of the major gemology schools require any kind of re-certification or formal continuing education hours to maintain the status of their diplomas.
At the ISG we believe the current conditions described above do not best serve the interests of consumers or the industry. For this reason the ISG maintains the highest standards in the industry for both our own professional licenses, and the professional status of our ISG Registered Gemologists and Registered Gemologist Appraisers.