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Why Jewelry Appraisers are not all alike...

Jewelry Appraisers are not licensed. Anyone can call themselves a jewelry appraiser.

When choosing an appraiser ask the following questions. The answers you receive should gain your confidence and trust.

1. Are you a gemologist?
The most recognized gemology credential in this country is the Gemological Institute of America's Graduate Gemologist (GG) title.

2. Did you complete formal appraisal education?
Not all gemologist are appraisers. The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and the American Society of Appraisers(ASA) offer the most advanced appraisal education.

3. Are you experienced with what I want appraised?
Antique jewelry, large diamonds and colored stones require special knowledge. Your appraisal may require special knowledge too.

4. Do you know how to find the type of value I need?
An insurance appraisal is not valid for Federal tax purposes or resale. An appraiser has to know what value you need and how to research it.

5. What professional organizations do you belong to?
Professional organizations require their members to follow appraisal standards and a code of ethics. You should too.

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Accredited Gem Laboratory

C.M. Woolford and Associates maintains a state-of-the-art gemstone identification laboratory meeting the stringent certification standards of the Accredited Gemologist Association.

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Nina Woolford, GG, ASA
Master Gemologist Appraiser®
Principle, C.M. Woolford and Associates

Our extensive resource library includes up-to-date books and research material on gemology and gemstones, antique and period jewelry, collectable jewelry, important jewelry makers and maker marks and watches to name a few.

We maintain current and historical pricing information on diamonds and colored stones, contemporary, antique and collectable jewelry and watches.

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Appraisals of Fine Gems, Jewelry, Diamond & Watches

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Nina Woolford, of C.M. Woolford, is well established as a jewelry appraiser in the Richmond, Virginia community.

Knowledge, ethics and reliability guide Nina's appraisal practice. Her desire to educate and passion for gems and jewelry, along with a commitment to professionalism, drive her service standard.

Nina's goal is to meet your needs then surpass your expectations. She accomplishes this by consistently preparing reliable, professional appraisal reports along with offering a resale and buying service governed by her code of ethics and personal integrity.

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CM Woolford and Associates, LLC
Professional Appraisal Practice since 1989

Christina (Nina) Woolford is a Master Gemologist Appraiser®, the gem and jewelry industry's most prestigious appraisal designation.

She is an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers. More than a jeweler, more than a gemologist, the American Society of Appraisers professional is the Gold Standard in Appraising.

Nina earned her Graduate Gemologist in Residence diploma from the Gemological Institute of America in 1984 and is an Accredited Senior Gemologist Member of the Accredited Gemologist Association.

Her commitment and on-going education keeps Nina up-to-date on the latest gemology and jewelry advancements.

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