A Brief History
National Association of Jewelry
Appraisers (NAJA) was founded in 1981 on the premise that the
specialized field of gem and jewelry appraising was an area that was
long overdue for representation on a professional basis.
Also, there was a need for an appraisal organization focused solely on
gems and jewelry, which would not be subject to the confusion of
diverse appraisal disciplines such as real estate, machinery &
equipment, art, household contents, etc. The NAJA was formed
as a response to this need. NAJA is, and always has been
privately owned since 1981, and is a for-profit corporation.
The leadership starts at the top with the Executive Director followed
by Associate Directors. We pride ourselves in being highly
responsive to the needs of our membership.
The Association’s primary purpose is to recognize, and make available, the services of highly qualified, informed, experienced, independent, and professional appraisers of gems and jewelry to those members of the public requiring such expertise. In addition, NAJA seeks to promote the trademark and professional designations earned by our members and to make available continuing educational materials in order to ensure that they are among the best informed appraisers in our industry.
Finally, it is our goal to promote professionalism among our members as well as the industry as a whole. All of the above should provide reasonable assurance to the public of the professional skill, integrity, and responsibility of our members.
The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers is the only appraisal association in the United States that devotes itself solely to the appraisal of gems and jewelry and silver flatware and holloware. All of our energies focus on these, and only these, subjects which are updated with new information as it becomes available.
The NAJA conducts various programs designed to serve the interests of both its members and the public at large in matters relating to appraisal theory and valuation science. Major elements of this program include:
Membership benefits include:
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The bridging policy
to the highest level of
educated and tested members of CJAO when such members wish
to join NAJA. Members of AGS, ISA and ASA are given credit
for their rigorous appraisal training for the purpose of
achieving NAJA member credentials. Get the document here.
NAJA offers semiannual educational
Appraisal Studies Correspondence Course:
The NAJA members only course addresses topics that are essential for one to become an experienced and professional gem and jewelry appraiser. The course is structured for home study permitting you to learn at your own pace. The Appraisal Studies Correspondence Course was developed to challenge you in the application of what you have learned. Education without application is of little value. Among the topics covered are:
Helpful final sections such as:
Certified Master Appraiser (C.M.A.)
A Certified Master Appraiser must have met the requirements for "Senior Member" in addition must have been engaged in the practice of writing gem and jewelry appraisals for at least seven (7) years. A Certified Master Appraiser must have successfully completed the NAJA Appraisal Studies Course as well as the practical appraisal examination. A Certified Master Appraiser must have the NAJA Accredited Gem Laboratory.
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