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ASA Develops Virtual Appraisal Course to Protect Jewelry and Allied Professionals Against Fraud

The course is scheduled for Aug. 18.




ASA Develops Virtual Appraisal Course to Protect Jewelry and Allied Professionals Against Fraud

(PRESS RELEASE) HERNDON, VA — ASA announces the development and hosting of a new virtual Fundamentals of Jewelry Appraisal course designed to protect jewelry and allied professionals against fraud, scheduled for Aug. 18, 2022 from 5:00pm -9:00pm EDT.

“With a booming market for artificial diamonds combined with growing signs of economic uncertainty, the market is starting to see an increase in the reported numbers of fake and counterfeit jewelry and watches, fraudulent certificates and related scams,” said course instructor Warren H. Morss, ASA, GIA GG, a Boston, MA based practicing gems & jewelry appraiser with a career spanning 45 years. Morss explained further saying, “The industry and appraisal profession are very concerned.”

“Fraud and unethical practices are always a top concern, especially for jewelry and allied professionals,” said ASA CEO Johnnie White. White explained further saying, “Jewelers, insurers, attorneys, law enforcement and government agency employees, all need to receive critical updates to better mitigate the risks of their respective companies or agencies and the consumers they serve to protect. And the best way to do this is to educate oneself on the latest standards and best practices.”

Course topics to be covered provide an overview of the fundamental concepts and basic knowledge to prepare an appraisal report, including: ethics, competency, primary roles of an appraiser, approaches to value, market types and layers, basic research concepts, recognizing jewelry manufacturing methods and their influence on the appraisal process, introduction to methods of data collection and analysis, and minimal reporting standards.
To register or more information, visit ASA Online or call (800) 272-8258.

To learn more about how jewelers and allied professionals can protect themselves against fraud, view ASA’s article Eying a Fake here.




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