58 Facets Jewelry
Richard Fonger, GG GIA from 58 Facets Jewelry in Alhambra, CA recently attended The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers' 39th ACE It Annual Winter Conference in Tucson, AZ on February 3rd and 4th, 2013
Of special interest to the Fonger and the San Gabriel Valley residents was a special presentation and discussion on Nephrite Jade, Jadeite Jade and current treatments, synthetics, simulants and imitations. This included the difference between "old" and "new" jade as well as "soft" and "hard" jade. Jade imitations and simulants have been known to appear almost anywhere so it is good to know that someone locally has the expertise and knowledge to be able to distinguish the real from the fake goods.
The year's overall conference theme was "Gemography" concentrating on several exotic gemstones which confront appraisers on a dialy basis and updating their knowledge to keep them current. Lectures were given on Montana Sapphires, American Cat's Eye Demantoid Garnets, Natural Pearls, Insurance Appraising & USPAP, Pave settings and the jewelry found on the Titanic.
The Association, consisting of national and international membership, is dedicated to the maintenance of professional standards, professional ethics and education in the field of jewelry appraising. All members must adhere to the professional Code of Ethics of the Association and all appraisal assignments must be performed under the constraints of this Code.
58 Facets Jewelry performs a variety of appraisals and appraisal related services. Among those services performed are gem identification, verification of jewelry purchased online, insurance appraisals, appraisals for divorce settlements and watch appraisals.