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The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers Announces the 62nd ACE IT Mid-Year Conference

The conference is set for Aug. 10-12, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.




(PRESS RELEASE) Appraisal fundamentals, NAJA report writing standards, resolving and disclosing ethical considerations during appraisals, detecting fakes and misrepresentations, resources and tips for conducting research of comparables as well as exploring current trends in the high-end watch market and more are InStore for you at the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers’ 62nd ACE IT Mid-Year Conference.

The Mid-Year Conference has a major distinction from the association’s yearly Tucson event. “Historically, the August Conference is where NAJA focuses on the “Appraise” in Appraiser, said Stuart Robertson, conference chair. “The Tucson conference is more gem and gem market product focused, however, the Mid-Year program emphasizes the practical “how to” of appraising gems and jewelry.”

For this program, NAJA executive director Gail Brett Levine worked to forge a wonderful opportunity to organize the conference in connection with the Instore Show. “We are excited to present this conference in connection during Instore. Access to the Instore’s Jewelry show provides an excellent opportunity for us to integrate midlevel market research into the conference agenda as well as for attendees to expand their network of established trade resource.” stated Levine.

NAJA is pleased to have both new, as well as a host of member favorites, experts from the appraisal and related fields joining for the exchange of educational information and professional development. The weekend features hands-on workshops, presentations, exhibits, a mock auction at Heritage Auctions Chicago location, networking and relationship building opportunities as well as plenty of Q&A—All designed to achieve the conference goal: Provide new information and insights that support and enhance our attendees in their professional appraisal practices.

Presentations include:

  • Fakes, Counterfeits, Frauds, and Misrepresentation, Duncan Parker, FGA, Vice President and Jewellery Specialist at Dupuis Fine Jewellery Auctioneers
  • NAJA’s Report Writing Standards: A Usage Guide, Deborah Finleon, GIA GG, CMA, DJF Appraisal Services
  • The Cost Approach: A Basic Tool, Dave Atlas, CSM, GIA GG, DGLA-DACO
  • Watching the Market: Current Trends in the Watch Industry, Reginald Brack, SVP, Head of Watch Department, Freeman’s Hindman Auctions
  • A Practical Approach to Building a Pricing Database During Trade Shows, Stuart Robertson, GIA GG, President, Gemworld International, Inc.
  • Power Search Tips: Finding and Refining the Best Comps, Jessica DuBroc, GIA GG, Director of Fine Jewelry Heritage Auctions New York and Gina D’Onofrio, FGA, Director of Fine Jewelry, Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills
  • Deaccessioning a Collection: Preparing Your Client for Success, Vera Prather, GIA GG, Director of Fine Jewelry, Heritage Auctions New York and Ana Wroblaski, GIA GG, Director of Fine Jewelry, Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills
  • Driehaus Museum: A Jewel Box of a Museum, Lisa Key, Executive Director, Driehaus Museum
  • Review of Ethical Standards and Their Application in Our Daily Practices, Steve Turner, CSM, GIA GG, President, Gemcorp, Inc.
  • Appraisal Softare Solutions: Exploring Their Use, Benefits and Limits Panelists include—Raphael Boivin, Instappraise, Richard Drucker, GAS, & Thom Underwood, QL2
    Moderators – Lance Nygaard, GIA GG & Stuart Robertson, GIA GG


  • NAJA Members: $425 before July 15th and $525 after July 15th
  • New member plus conference $600
  • Nonmembers: $650 before July 15th and $750 after July 15th
  • Vision screening $50 (Sunday only)
  • Optional workshop $200 (Saturday only)

Optional Saturday Workshops: Decoding the Intangible Value Factors of Colored Stones, Cigdem Lule, PhD, FGA

NAJA Conference Exclusive: Baubles and Bubbly, Bids and Bites: An Evening at Heritage Auctions, Chicago.

The final program is subject to change.

For more information or to register please contact Gail Brett Levine, GIA GG, executive director
Phone +1 718.896.1536

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