Gemological Institute of America (GIA)


-Graduate Gemologist, in residence, Santa Monica, CA, 1982-83

Certificates:  Diamonds; Colored Stones; Gem Identification; Hand Engraver; G.I.A., in residence, Santa Monica, CA, 1981;  Colored Stone Grading Courses

Seminars & Workshops: Advanced Diamond Clarity Grading, 1993, 94 & 98, 2003; Separating Sophisticated Synthetics & Heat Treated Sapphires, Rubies & Emeralds, 1996;  Using the Spectroscope, 1993


Appraisers Association of America (AAA)

USPAP- Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, New York, NY  2010, 2018


American Society of Appraisers (ASA)


201:  Introduction to Personal Property Valuation,  1991

202:  Personal Property Valuation, Methodology- Research and Analysis, 1994


USPAP- Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, Detroit, MI 1996


International Society of Appraisers (ISA)

CAPP Program in Conjunction with University of Maryland University College


-101:  Professional Appraisal Ethics and Business Practices, 1992

-102:  Personal Property Appraisal Terminology, Identification/ Authentication & Research Methodology, and Introduction to Report Writing, 1992

-103:  Appraising for Federal Tax Functions, Appraiser Responsibilities and Liabilities, and Intermediate Report Writing

-104:  Advanced Appraisal Theory and Report Writing, 1993

-105:  The Appraiser as Expert Witness and Trial Consultant, 1993

-301:  Expert Witness Advanced Appraisal, 1999


Undergraduate Education

University of North Dakota, Williston, N.D.    Business Management, Sales, 1980-82


Professional Organizations


Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Alumni & Associates—Member

-Michigan Chapter President, 1993-1995

-Michigan Chapter Vice President, 1991-93, 2005-2008

-Michigan Chapter Member-at-Large, 1989-91

-Cabinet Member for Annual Campaign, 1996


Accredited Gemologists Association

-International Secretary, 1998-2001


National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) 2008-current member


International Society of Appraisers

-Great Lakes Chapter Member, 1993-2004

-ISA accredited member, 1993-2008; 2014


Michigan Jewelers Association (MJA), Lansing, MI

Jewelers of America affiliate organization

-Board Member, 1999-2003


National Association Jewelry Historians, New York

-Member 2007-current


Seminars, Lectures & Continuing Education Workshops

-Gemworld International- World of Gems Two-Day Conferences, Chicago, IL 2010, 2011, 2014

-Antique & Period Jewelry Conferences, Director Joyce Jonas


Certificates awarded

-University of Maine, 18th Annual, Bangor, ME, 1997

-Rhode Island College, 19th Annual, Providence, RI, 1998

-Hofstra University, 23nd Annual, Garden City, NY  2002

-Tarrytown, NY 2012 & 2013


Accredited Gemologists Association

-2 day seminar, Tucson, AZ, 1994, 1995, 1996,

-1 day seminars, Tucson, AZ, 2001 to 2014 (every year)


Gemological Institute of America

Certificates awarded

-Advanced Diamond Grading Lab, March 18, 2002

-Colored Stone Grading Course for pre-1987 Graduate Gemologists

-Update on Synthetics, 1993 & 1994

-Advanced Diamond Clarity Grading, 1993 & 1994, 2003

-Using the Spectroscope, 1993

-Separating Sophisticated Synthetics & Heat Treated rubies, Sapphires & emeralds, 1996

-Detecting Fracture filled and Synthetic Diamonds, 1996

-Identifying Challenging Synthetics, 1996

-Detecting Treated Emerald, Ruby & Sapphire, 1996

-Grading Colored Stones Using GIA GemSet, 1994


International Society of Appraisers (ISA)- Great Lakes Chapter

Certificates awarded

-Harnessing the Power of Estate Appraising, 2000

-Harnessing the Power of Insurance Appraising, 1999


National Association Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) certificates awarded

-Cincinnati, OH 2006 conference

-San Diego, CA2006 conference

-Atlanta, GA 2007 conference

-Chicago, IL  2008 conference


GIA Manhattan Chapter

-Attendee for monthly meetings, 2012-2014


Lectures and Presentations

-International Society of Appraisers (ISA) National Convention, Chicago, IL , 199

-National Career Women’s Association, Plymouth, MI, 1998

-Business Professional Women’s Association, Plymouth, MI, 1998

-Michigan Jewelers Association (MJA), GL Jewelry Exposition, Livonia, 2000, 2001

-Women's Garden Club, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, 2000, “Estate Jewelry”

-Libri Women’s Group, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, 2000. “Antique & Estate Jewelry”

-Grosse Pointe Rotary, Noon Group, 2002 “Changes in the Global Auction Market

-Grosse Pointe Woman’s Club, “Changes in the Global Auction Market,” 2002

-Speaker for Rotary –Early morning group, Grosse Pointe, MI  2007

-Women Jewelers Association (WJA) Midwest conference, Chicago, IL  2008

-NAJA National Appraiser conference, Pittsburgh, PA  2013



Gemological Institute of America Alumni & Associates

-Regional  Member of the Year, 1994, Tucson, AZ

-Regional Chapter of the Year, (while chapter president), 1994, Tucson, AZ

-Benefactor’s Circle Award, presented in Las Vegas, NV, June 1996


Charity Auctions & Fundraisers     

-Mercy High School, 1996-2012

-U of D High School 1996- 2006

-Sacred Heart Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1997-1998

-Plymouth Community Arts Council, Plymouth, MI, 1998

-Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth, MI, 1996-1999

-Canton Chamber of Commerce, Canton, MI, 1998-2000

-Spiritus Sanctus, Ann Arbor, MI, 1997-2003

-Grosse Pointe South High School, Mother’s Club Auction, 2000-2003

-Parkinson’s Foundation, 2000

-AIDs Benefit Auction, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI, 2000-2004

-American Red Cross, Rhapsody in Red Auction, 2003

-Detroit Opthalmology, Eyes on Design, GM Tech Center, 2003

-SOC Fundraiser Auction, Grosse Pointe, MI  2003-2004

-Children’s Home of Detroit, 2004-2007

-Frogs fur Friends, Auction 2006

-Cardinals Gala, Ford Field, Detroit, MI, 2006

-Jack’s Place-Auction for Autism, Ford Field, 2004, Palace of Auburn Hills, 2006

-GIA- Alumni Association Auction- Tucson, AZ 2001-2012