About the IIJA

About the Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal

IIJA Student Registrations have been transferred to the International School of Gemology

Effective today December 23, we have formally withdrawn from our status as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, and returned to our original structure and location at the International School of Gemology. All courses on this IIJA website are now closed, and all student registrations and files have been transferred to the ISG location. Your Username and Password should be active and waiting for you. Student registrations, course history, and student files have been migrated. Please contact us for any questions or if we can help with any issues.

Robert James FGA, GG
President, International School of Gemology

The Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal was originally founded by Robert James, FGA, GG, under the title of the International School of Gemology 2004. In January, 2018 the ISG was migrated to the IIJA name and concept in order to better reflect our standing as a world-class insurance appraisal organization with long-standing ties to the insurance industry.


As a Property and Casualty Insurance Adjuster, licensed by the Texas Department of Insurance License #1300433, Mr. James has over 14 years of experience handling high value insurance claims in the United States and Europe through the Jewelry Adjuster insurance adjusting firm. This is the only jewelry specific insurance claims adjusting firm in the United Stated that devotes 100% of their efforts to assisting with jewelry related insurance claims of all levels. By Midwest Reciprocity Agreement, Mr. James professional license is recognized across the US, and has been recognized around the world.

Additionally, Mr. James works with other state-licensed insurance professionals to develop the insurance appraisal courses for the IIJA. These professionals hold the titles of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Property and Casualty Adjuster, and Claims Litigation Manager. We are the only jewelry appraisal training organization to offer these high credentials and licenses to our students.

No other appraisal training program can offer you the depth of experience in both the insurance and gemology fields as the Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal. Also, remember that we are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Education Organization with the stated purpose of providing professional quality education opportunities at the most cost effective tuition rates.  

Your lead instructor, Robert James FGA, GG, also holds the world’s highest credentials in the field of gemology. As a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, Mr. James operated an Allied Teaching Center for a number of years, which was the foundation that built what is now the Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal. With additional gemological titles of Graduate Gemologist, Gemological Institute of America, and formally a Certified Gemologist of the American Gem Society, Mr. James brings the world’s highest qualifications to provide you with highly professional gemology training as part of your education as a certified jewelry appraiser.

With our world-wide community of jewelry appraisers, gemologists, insurance professionals and more, the IIJA is uniquely qualified to provide you with the highest quality of jewelry appraisal education, as well as after-graduation support to help you become as successful as possible.

We look forward to working with you to follow your dream of becoming a professional jewelry appraiser, gemologist, gem dealer and more!