Program Information

It’s time for our annual IIJA Gemology Week, but that title just does not cover everything we are going to do this coming event. We are offering intensive one-day classes in 5 different areas of gemology and jewelry appraisal.

Here are the specifics:

  • Classes are open to anyone on any level. They are structured to offer a unique learning opportunity that will allow both professionals and those just entering the jewelry industry to benefit.
  • Tuition is based on individual class registration.
  • Tuition is $195.00 for each class. You may register for one, two or as many as you wish.
  • Class sizes are limited to 20 people. Once a class is full, that class will close.
  • Registration is simple using PayPal below. PayPal account NOT required.

Tuition does not include any travel, hotel or transportation.

Class size is limited to 20.

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 August 1: 50%
  • After August 1: 0%

In the event the IIJA Pearls, Watches and More Week! is canceled for any reason, we will refund all deposits and monies paid to date.

Here are the days and class outlines below:

Date and Location

When: September 23 – 27, 2019

Where: Orlando, Florida

Tuition: $195.00 each day or $875.00 full week (save $100.00)


Comfort Inn and Suites
7495 Canada Avenue
Orlando Florida 32817

Special IIJA Rate: $79.00 per night.


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

Pearls Day

Monday September 23

Join us for an amazing day of pearls. See how the Chinese freshwater pearl forms and why it has impacted the world pearl markets so much. We will learn to identify, grade and appraise pearls in this intense one-day Pearl Day with hand’s-on experience with a variety of pearl types, shapes and qualities.

Tuition: $195.00

Watches Day

Tuesday September 24

Today we will look at the various watch movements to help determine rarity and value. We will learn basic valuation and appraisal techniques, and learn successful techniques to help you sell more watches in your store, or begin your career as a watch professional.

Tuition: $195.00

Treated Gems

Wed. September 25

We will spend the day looking at a huge variety of created and treated gemstones to help you identify these with the most basic gemological tools. With proper training and hands-on experience you will leave this class far more confident in the colored gemstone market.

Tuition: $195.00

Diamonds Day

Thurs. 26 September

Thursday is Diamond Day and it will be fun. We will start with basic diamond grading, then move on to some of the fun parts of the diamond market including new markets for mine cut, lab-created and even beastly diamonds. This is going to be a very fun day of diamonds like you have never seen before.

Tuition: $195.00

Appraisal Day

Friday September 27

This will be an intensive one day workshop in  jewelry appraisal from the viewpoint of the insurance underwriter and adjuster. We will learn how to structure your appraisal to be more easily accepted by underwriters, which will get you more business. This is open to anyone interested in becoming a jewelry appraiser. No experience required.

Tuition: $195.00

Register Here for the IIJA Pearls, Watches and More Week!

IIJA Gemology Week Registration Form

Register for Individual Course days above, or register for the entire 5 day class week and save $100 by registering for all 5 days below. Seating is limited to 20 per day so 5-day registrations will be given priority in case of oversell. We will contact everyone to confirm your seat. Any class that is full we will refund your money.

Full 5 Days Registration $875.00 Save $100