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Selecting an Appraiser

Being a qualified appraiser, requires, education and proper training in appraisal writing. When looking for an appraiser for your jewelry and watches it's important to select one who is qualified, independent, and has all of the proper educational qualifications.

An independent appraiser is completely unbiased and will grade your jewelry and watches based solely on true market value.

It's also important for the appraiser to be a graduate gemologist from the "Gemological Institute of America", a member of "The American Society of Appraisers" and the "National Association of Jewelry Appraisers". Being a member of these organizations, the appraiser is committed to a code of ethics set forth by the appraisal industry.

Being a member of these organizations also ensures that the appraiser is committed to continual education and keeping abreast of industry changes that may affect the value of your jewelry and watches.

Who we are:

D & H Jewelry Appraisals, is an independent jewelry and watch appraisal Laboratory using the latest and most up to date gemological equipment, offering unbiased valuations of diamonds, gemstones, watches, pearls and jewelry. Your jewelry appraisal reports are in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the "American Society of Appraisers" and the "National Association of Jewelry Appraisers". Owner/Appraiser Duane Hutchison is a "Master Gemologist Appraiser" (MGA), "Accredited Senior Appraiser" (ASA), "Certified Insurance Appraiser" (CIA), member of The "National Association of Jewelry Appraisers" (NAJA), resident graduate gemologist of the "Gemological Institute of America" (GIA), and has over 30 years experience in the jewelry industry with extensive training and experience in the appraisal industry. (See the "about" section for details on Duane's training and credentials)

Master Gemologist Appraiser®

The Master Gemologist Appraiser® certification mark is the most highly respected designation in the Gems and Jewelry appraisal profession.

In order to qualify for the MGA, an individual must meet all the following requirements:

  • Have Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) status in the society
  • Be a Graduate Gemologist (GG) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or hold the designation of Fellow, Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA) or similar approved gemological designation
  • Own or be employed by an owner of an ASA-registered gemological laboratory
  • Pass the Farnsworth-Munsell 100-hue test for color discrimination
  • Successfully complete the Master Gemologist Appraiser Program (GJ209 & GJ210)
  • Duane has fulfilled all of the requirements needed to become a MGA (Master Gemologist Appraiser).

How we work

Jewelry/Watch appraisals are by appointment in a professional secure office. Most appraisals are completed while you watch, so your jewelry never has to leave you. Same day appointments are generally available and you will leave with your printed/bound appraisal at the end of the appointment. We will answer any questions and explain the process as we are doing the appraisal.

See the Appraisal and Brokerage pages for details on our services

Call Today!!! Same day appointments available. (561) 955-0438

  • Insurance Appraisals
  • Market Value Appraisals
  • Estate Appraisals
  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Liquidation and Inventory Appraisals
  • Diamond Grading Reports, four (4) C's
  • Gemstone Identification
  • Brokerage Services
  • Private Consultations

Contact us today at (561) 955-0438 or email us at for more information about our quality and unbiased services.

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