GJ103 Fundamentals of Jewelry Appraisal

Includes a Live Event on 08/18/2022 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Course Description

CE Hours: 4 CE

This course will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts and the basic knowledge needed to write an appraisal report. Among the topics covered are ethics, competency, three primary roles of an appraiser, three approaches to value, market types and layers, basic research concepts, recognizing jewelry manufacturing methods and their influence on the appraisal process, introduction to methods of data collection and analysis, and minimal reporting standards including an overview of the ASA Descriptive Elements for various types of jewelry. The course is based on the concepts engendered in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the ASA appraisal standards taught in the Gems & Jewelry (GJ) Principles of Valuation series of courses. 

This is an introductory class and does not contain the same level of explanation and instruction students receive in the 120-hours of the ASA-GJ Principles of Valuation course series.

Instructional Methods

Instructional methods include class lecture with a corresponding slideshow, Q&A, links to further information, and the downloadable Student Manual

Course Audience

  • Gemology students considering pursuing a career as a gems and jewelry valuer
  • Retail jewelers or their personnel who provide valuation services for their customers
  • Gemological laboratory personnel providing valuation services
  • Insurance professionals, auctioneers and attorneys seeking exposure to and a basic understanding of the requirements  for valuation of gems and jewelry

Learning Level 


Class Registration Includes

  • One registrant log-in to the live session via Zoom
  • Downloadable course materials to include a Student Manual and any additional handouts i.e. administrative/exam guidance, if applicable.  All course materials are PDF Download Only items made available to students prior to the start of the class and are not for resale or distribution. Once eMaterials have been distributed, courses are no longer refundable.

Student Requirements

Students must have the following available for all sessions:
  • Laptop or desktop computer with internet and webcam access is recommended.  
  • Telephone access or computer headset with microphone.
  • Printed or electronic copy of all student materials (available once eMaterials are posted)
Student must have familiarity with:
  • Internet Explorer/Google Chrome/Firefox Internet browsers.
  • Zoom and other similar software platforms.
  • To ensure the best webinar experience, test your Zoom audio/video connection on your computer and review the Zoom System Requirements prior to the first day of class.
  • Note: Partial credit will not be awarded for this offering.  Students must engage in the live virtual session for the duration of the course to receive full credit for participation. 

Warren H. Morss


Warren Morss is an American Society of Appraisers AccreditedSenior Appraiser and GIA Graduate Gemologist. He has worked in multiple marketsin the course of a 45 year career in the jewelry industry.  Warren hasbeen appraising jewelry since 1975 and is excited to be involved incourse development and instruction for ASA.


Session 1
Zoom Session - Join Link
08/18/2022 at 5:00 PM (EDT)   |  240 minutes
08/18/2022 at 5:00 PM (EDT)   |  240 minutes
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GJ103 Course Certificate
Live Viewing: 4.00 CE credits and certificate available
Live Viewing: 4.00 CE credits and certificate available