GJ103 Fundamentals of Jewelry Appraisal

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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 Managing Principal at Boston Estate & Gem Appraisal. Warren has over 45 years of experience in the Jewelry Industry and related fields. He has worked in wholesale and retail sales of loose and mounted diamonds, watches, and designer Jewelry. His clients consist of banks, attorneys, insurance companies and private individuals. He holds a Graduate Gemologist (GG) degree from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation and Master Gemologist Appraiser® (MGA®) from ASA. Warren also serves as Chair of ASA’s Gems & Jewelry Discipline, and instructor of the Society’s Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Scheduling course.

Mark Sandler


Designer Jewels, Inc.

Mark is a Master Gemologist Appraiser, credentialed through the American Society of Appraisers. As Vice President of Designer Jewels, Inc. Mark runs the business and can do everything from cast metals, alloy gold for jewelry creations and be an expert witness for estate settlements. Mark is a graduate of the University of Texas.


Session 1
Zoom Virtual Event - Join Link
08/18/2022 at 5:00 PM (EDT)  |  240 minutes
08/18/2022 at 5:00 PM (EDT)  |  240 minutes Join link will be active 10 minutes before the scheduled live event. Once you click on the join link, you will be re-directed to the zoom event and the host will allow you to join shortly. If you experience technical issues joining via the link, we highly recommend to dial-in via a telephone until you are able to troubleshoot your access issue that may be related to personal settings, pop-up blockers, firewall etc. In addition, refreshing or logging off and re-joining typically resolves access issues. Please email education@appraisers.org if you've exhausted all recommended troubleshooting tips. Thank you.
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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