IIJA Jewelry Appraisal Academy

The IIJA Jewelry Appraisal Academy is an intensive three day training academy to help you establish or expand a successful jewelry appraisal business. This is a continuation of our commitment to providing professional jewelry appraisal career education at prices everyone can afford.

IIJA Jewelry Appraisal Academy

Dates: May 6-7-8, 2019.

Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm each day.

Location: Comfort Inn and Suites, Orlando Florida

Tuition: $995.00 includes the three day intensive academy of study, and insurance industry sponsorship and support from insurance industry professionals.

For more information, read below.

Date and Location

When: May 6-7-8 2019

Where: Orlando, Florida

Tuition: $995.00 complete


Comfort Inn and Suites
7495 Canada Avenue
Orlando Florida 32817
Special IIJA Rate: $79.00 per night.


Tuition: $995.00  This covers all three (3) days of intensive jewelry appraisal training to qualify you for the IIJA Registered Gemologist Appraiser Title*.

Current IIJA Students can fulfill the requirements for the Personal Property Appraisal Course and Evaluating Damaged Jewelry Course through this intensive, 3 day classroom experience.

* This special, intensive 3 day Jewelry Appraisal Academy will earn the student the IIJA Registered Gemologist Appraiser title for those students who have already completed a gemological diploma program from a recognized institute or school as listed below:

  • Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal
  • Canadian Institute of Gemmology
  • Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences
  • Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology
  • Gemmological Association of Great Britain
  • Australian Gemmological Association
  • Canadian Gemmological Association
  • American Gem Society
  • Gemological Institute of America
  • For other accepted schools or institutes please contact the IIJA office.

About Your Instructor

Robert James FGA, GG

Fellow, Gemmological Association of Great Britain
Graduate Gemologist, Gemological Institute of America
Certified Gemologist Appraiser, American Gem Society (inactive)

Property and Casualty Insurance Adjuster, Texas Department of Insurance License #1300433

National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters: Member

Certified Insurance Continuing Education Instructor

Certified Insurance Continuing Education Course Author and Provider

Former Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigator for USAA insurance.

Claims Specialist for USAA Insurance.

Certified Expert Witness: United Stated Federal Court and various State and County Courts.

Over 46 years in the jewelry industry, including 40 years directly involved in jewelry appraisal.

Schedule of Classes

Three day class includes registration and access to the IIJA Personal Property Appraisal course and Evaluating Damaged Jewelry course.

Here is the schedule of classes for the IIJA Appraisal Academy.:

Establishing Your Appraisal Office

Morning Session May 6

Whether you are establishing a formal appraisal office, or just getting started by working from a home-based appraisal office, you need to know how to properly set up and equip the most efficient operation. We begin our journey by taking a step-by-step approach to setting up your appraisal operation, and promoting your services, to allow you the greatest opportunity for success. From gemological tools and equipment, to office computers and support, we will look at how to set up your appraisal office. Includes an overview of the appraisal organization memberships and the importance of membership in the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.

We will cover small business insurance coverage you may need, including addressing the issue of Errors and Omissions Insurance and the problems that may arise regarding this issue.

Legal Forms, Appraisal Forms and More

Afternoon Session May 6

Once you have your office established, you need to make sure you have a full understanding of the right forms and documents you need for your appraisal business. From a proper appraisal form to understanding legal documents for litigation, forms and documents will be an important part of your jewelry appraisal business. 

We will review the appraisal software programs and look at how those compare to each other, and to other alternatives to formal appraisal software programs.

Additionally, we will look at the legal issues of producing appraisal documents from both an insurance view and courtroom litigation.

Clients to Underwriter to Adjuster

Morning Session May 7

All appraisals begin with an appraiser working with a client. Knowing how to approach and work with a new client to maximize the accuracy of your appraisal is critical to the appraisal process. Once complete, it is important to know how to work within the insurance company process from coverage to claims.

In this session we will look at how to work with clients to maximize the accuracy of your appraisal, and take a step-by-step review of how the insurance process works. We will look at an actual jewelry insurance policy to see how the appraisal is used in the insurance process. And finally look at jewelry claims processes from a Property and Casualty Adjuster’s desk to best understand the final purpose of your jewelry appraisal.

Insurance, Estate, Probate and More!

Afternoon Session May 7

It is an industry fact that 95% of all appraisals are for insurance coverage or insurance related issues. However, in today’s jewelry market there are other appraisals that you will be called upon to perform. These include probate for estate settlement, division of property, resale or liquidation for distressed business closures, divorce and others. 

In this session we will cover the various types of appraisal, how they differ in purpose and content, and how to write these in such a manner that will provide accurate information for your client, while at the same time protect you in the event of litigation that often arises from these various other categories of appraisal.

Evaluating Damaged Jewelry

Morning Session May 8

One of the most often seen claims regarding diamonds is due to claimed damage. Damage events, manufacturing defect, inherent vice…these are all issues confronting today’s jewelry appraiser. We will utilize the IIJA course: Evaluating Damaged Jewelry to learn how to evaluate and report on these damaged jewelry issues and more.

This section is based on actual insurance claims history with photographs and case studies based on actual insurance files. This is the only class in the world that offers a true-life, insurance claims based learning opportunity from a state licenses Property and Casualty Insurance Adjuster experienced directly with these claims.

Expert Witness, SIU and More

Afternoon Session May 8

All jewelry appraisers should be well versed  in how to prepare expert witness reports, how to present these to law firms, and how to professionally serve as an expert witness in court. Many appraisals, regardless of the category, involve legal issues that may be subject to mediation, arbitration or litigation. As an appraiser you must know the difference in these three categories and how to prepare for each.

Working with attorneys and clients can be intimidating for the new jewelry appraiser. In this session we will review the various aspects of service as expert witness. 

Additionally, we will cover how the insurance Special Investigations Unit (SIU) operates, its purpose and how to work with an SIU investigator should the need arise. This important session will provide you with knowledge and expertise to help you understand and accurately work with investigation and litigation at all levels.

Registration Information

Please read the following carefully regarding Registration:

The IIJA Appraisal Academy is open to

  • All current or former IIJA Registered Students or
  • Anyone currently enrolled in a recognized gemology program interested in becoming an appraiser. 
  • Anyone holding a recognized gemology diploma as listed above.
  • Any insurance industry professional wishing to learn more about the operations of jewelry insurance appraisal.

Tuition includes:

  • Access and Credit for: IIJA Personal Property Appraiser course and the IIJA Evaluating Damaged Jewelry Course. 
  • Includes RGA Final Appraisal Exam to earn your Registered Gemologist Appraiser title.
  • Special Insurance training information to help you better understand insurance processes.
  • Promotional support from the IIJA to help your appraisal business succeed. 
  • Successful graduates will be listed as an IIJA Registered Gemologist Appraiser in the official IIJA Registry of Appraisers provided to the US and International Insurance Industries through our professionally licensed insurance memberships.
  • Please note: The IIJA RGA title requires a 2 year re-certification exam of all title holders. Re-certification period begins during the second re-certification period after you complete this academy.

Tuition does not include any travel, hotel or transportation.

Class size is limited to 16.

Spouses are welcome at same tuition rate. There are no group discounts for this class.

Cancellations will be credited on the following schedule:

  • On or before March 15: 50%
  • After March 15: 0%

In the event the IIJA Jewelry Appraisal Academy is canceled for any reason, we will refund all deposits and monies paid to date.

FitzGibbon Family Foundation: Classroom space for the IIJA Appraisal Academy is being made possible by a generous donation from the FitzGibbon Family Foundation.

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