Professional Gemmologist and Appraiser Darlene Wong
appraisals for diamonds, gems, watches, antique and estate jewellery

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

20 years experience in the jewelry industry: retail, administrative, laboratory, commercial.


International Qualifications & Memberships:

Gemmology Diploma & Fellow of the Canadian Gemmological Association of Toronto, ON
Core Course in Appraisal Studies, International Society of Appraisers, Chicago IL
Provincial Instructor's Diploma, Ministry of Education, Vancouver, BC
Pearl Diploma, Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA
Registered Master Valuer Professional Diploma, #0021410137, California Institute of Jewelry Training, Carmichael, CA
15 hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Course, ISA
ISA Core course in Appraisal Studies Re-qualification, Toronto, ON,
Antique & Vintage Jewellery Workshop, Northwest Gem Lab, Bellevue, WA
Accredited Member, International Society of Appraisers
Certified Appraisal Professional, Canadian Jewellers Association, Toronto
Member, International Society of Appraisers, Toronto chapter
Member, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA), Rego Park, NY
Member, The Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers (AIJV), Perth, Scotland. UK


Personal history and Industry experience:

Twenty years ago I worked in an estate and vintage jewellery shop; there I gained a love and appreciation for collectibles and the history behind them.

The further I delved into the individual backgrounds of the various antiques, jewelry, and curios the shop carried, the more fascinated I became with the process of uncovering provenance and value.

I was hooked and so I became a collector of all things beautiful, unique and old.

This fascination became my spring board to formal education in gemmology and appraisal studies, and memberships in various professional peer organizations and colleges. Further self-education in the form of a reference library became all consuming obsession particularly in gems, jewellery and collectibles of age and historical significance.

Since then I have worked in various capacities within the jewellery industry as well as appraisal & gemmology instruction. I've attended trade shows, seminars, appraisal speciality workshops, as well as gem & jewellery conferences. My professional development is continuous, just to keep up with the gemstone treatments being used in the industry and to broaden my base knowledge.



cja canadian jewellers association
isa international sociaty of appraisers
cga canadian gemmoligical association
gemmological institute of america


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