#1 - Becoming an Expert

Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 8:29 pm by LaLonde Jewelers


I went to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to become a gemologist - the year was 1979. When I graduated, I was 26 years old. After a couple of years of appraising jewelry throughout Hawaii, Alaska, and the mainland US, I asked my brother-in-law (an attorney), how to go about being an expert witness in the court system. He told me the courts want to see an older person who looks like he has been appraising for 35 years, since he would be more believable than a 28 year old!

I wondered just when I would become an expert. 38 years and tens of thousands of appraisal contracts for bank trusts, large estates, private individuals, and yes, expert witness appearances. Receding hairline, glasses, and older looking, I have now achieved expert status.

In future editions of this newsletter, I will share with you short stories of places and experiences where I have learned and gathered information
from throughout my career.

Written by Daniel J. LaLonde

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