Roskin Gem News Report

NAJA’s 60th Annual ACE©it

Mid-Year Education Conference

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) will be holding its 60th mid-year ACE©it conference in Providence Rhodes Island, August 12th through the 14th of August.

Conference attendees will hear from a dozen guest speakers, with topics that cover diamonds, colored gemstones, appraising, as well as gem & jewelry trade practices.

“Attendees of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers conferences have come to expect not only interesting topics, but relevant information that they can put into use immediately in their daily businesses,” says Stuart Robertson, Conference Chair. “This conference does exactly that.”

On hand will be an expert from the IRS discussing the requirements of a “Qualified Appraisal” and “Qualified Appraiser,” as well as the current education requirements expected for an appraiser. Anyone who writes appraisals that may be submitted to the IRS is going to want to be present for this presentation.

There will also be presentations on various gem and jewelry trends, markets, and marketing.

“The NAJA is especially known for promoting practical skill development. At this conference attendees are going to get an insider’s look at diamond grading from the perspective of a former lab director; and so much more! We are confident that attendees will truly appreciate every moment of this program!”

Speaker and topics include:

• Duncan Parker, FGA: Carving out a Space: Cameos, Intaglios, Enamel, and Micromosaic

• David Atlas, GIA GG: Pricing and Valuation of Lab Diamonds – What is Retail in this Crazy Market?

• Sindi Schloss, GIA GG: Symbolism in Global Jewelry

• Deborah Finleon, GIA GG: Education Motivation

• Michael Goldstein: The Fair Market for Diamonds

• Gary Roskin, FGA: An Insider’s Approach to Diamond Grading

• Chris Boehner, GIA GG: From Appraiser to Influencer: Growing Your Following with Authentic Storytelling

• Kaitlin Shinnick, GIA GG: Current Jewelry Trends in the Auction Market

• Karin Gross, Special Counsel, IRS: IRS Appraisal Rules for Charitable

• Sally Winters, Esq.: The Valuable Role of Appraisers & Appraisals in Jewelry-Industry Mediations

• Jessica Dubroc, GIA GG: Trends in the Auction Market—Colored Stones, Diamonds, Designers, Time Periods

• Stuart Robertson, GIA GG: Tourmaline: Supply Demand and Pricing

• With a special day long session with Leon Castner: USPAP 7 Hour class, a requirement for all personal property appraisers who are members of recognized appraisal organizations.

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