About Melinda

Melinda Adducci is a graduate gemologist, appraiser and jewelry expert with more than 35 years of experience in the jewelry and gemology fields. She holds a graduate gemology degree (G.G.) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and is considered one of the leading experts in the industry, with a focus on signed estate, vintage and antique jewelry and important diamonds and colored gemstones.

Melinda is one of the top certified jewelry appraisers in the U.S., with up-to-date accreditation in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), a Master Gemologist Appraiser® and Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA). She also specializes in the buying, selling, private brokerage and auction of jewelry, gemstones and important objects d'art, having handled important pieces such as the estates of Matilda Dodge Wilson and Nat King Cole, and the 7.45-ct Harry Winston diamond engagement ring given to Marla Maples by her ex-husband, Donald Trump. She has also handled many important colored gemstones and diamonds, including a 13.24-ct D/Flawless diamond that sold for approximately $1 million. 

Melinda is also past president of the GIA Alumni Association's Michigan chapter and has served more than 10 years with the chapter in related positions. She is also a past board member of the Michigan Jewelers Association (MJA) and was the Past International Secretary as well as a Senior Member of the Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA).

Beginning her career at the age of 15 in a jewelry store in her hometown in North Dakota, Melinda has had the opportunity to learn all aspects of the jewelry industry, including bench work and diamond cutting, hand engraving (for which she is certified by GIA), and sales & jewelry store management. She has worked for numerous high-end jewelers and managed both independent stores and large chains.