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A Gem of a Guy

Mike Levine

As a jewelry expert, David Craig Rotenberg wears many similar hats: estate dispute resolution counselor, gem advisor, jewelry lecturer and appraiser, to name a few. David is also frequently called upon to speak, testify or write about jewelry and gem appraisals. On the latter subject, most people, he says, don’t realize that the valuation process itself varies since replacement value (i.e. what it would cost to replace an item) can be very different from an estate sale appraisal for instance, which might be lower—what someone would pay to purchase an item in today’s market.

Last summer, David was asked by the American Gem Society (AGS) to contribute a piece to their blog. His article, “What’s That Bracelet (Really) Worth? , provides interesting advice on insurance and settlement appraisals and shows the reader how to find a top appraiser in order to be fully confident you’re in the right hands.

The AGS is dedicated to consumer protection, which makes it a natural for David who has been an active participant in the nonprofit organization for many years. He was awarded the title of Emeritus Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ECGA) by the organization in 2017 in recognition of his commitment to the jewelry industry.

Most recently, David again wrote for the AGS on the topic of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP). Here, he explains why a jewelry appraiser should become compliant in order to be “recognized as being one of the best in appraising in the industry.” David will be lecturing on the topic of USPAP Compliance in regards to colored gemstones at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair Tucson in 2020.

If you’re looking for one of the area’s most competent and trusted jewelry appraisers, contact David Craig Jewelers at 215-968-8900 or stop in to the shop located at 10 Summit Square Shopping Center in Langhorne, PA.

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