Jeff Allinson, Independent Accredited / Certified Jewelry Appraiser
Without a doubt, Jeff Allinson is truly an independent jewelry appraiser. Why? As a Graduate Gemologist (GIA) and a Senior Member of The National Association Of Jewelry Appraisers, not only is Jeff eminently qualified, but he does not buy, sell or broker the jewelry he appraises. This is a very important distinction that separates him from the vast majority of jewelry appraisers in the United States. With over 35 years of experience, his specialties include modern, antique and vintage fine jewelry.
Jeff launched his career in the jewelry industry in 1977 as a goldsmith at Downie Jewelers, one of the oldest, most established jewelry stores in South Florida. It was here where he learned the art of jewelry repair, stone setting and custom design. Jeff was quick to realize that a good working knowledge of gemstones was key to the job and his interest in gems and jewelry became his passion. In 1980, he moved to Santa Monica, CA to attended the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in residence. While in attendance, he studied diamonds and colored stones in depth and learned about their quality, analysis and how to appraise them according to market standards. After graduating from the GIA, Jeff was one of only three appraisers nationally to be selected by Kay Jewelers, Inc. to work in their corporate office in Old Town Alexandria, VA. He gained invaluable experience by conducting jewelry appraisal clinics for over 300 stores across the USA. His work at corporate headquarters included jewelry appraisals, assisting the diamond department with grading of loose diamonds and as a consultant to Black Star and Frost (Kay’s guild division) on estate purchases. Jeff’s other trade experience includes jewelry store management, employee training, and sales.
For the past 26 years, Jeff has worked as an independent appraiser and consultant from his office in McLean, VA. During this time, Jeff has gained a wealth of experience in circa dating and developing techniques to identify the authenticity of valuable antique jewelry pieces. His expertise has been tried and tested by curious customers in need of a stone identification. He has also appraised jewelry pieces brought in by renowned politicians of previous White House administrations. Jeff’s knowledge of gems and jewelry is further complemented by a vast network of trusted, valued connections that have been made over the course of his career.