The Importance of Antique & Estate Jewelry Today with Jewelry Appraiser Edward Lewand

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Edward A. Lewand, GG, ASA, AAA, is a professional, independent appraiser of fine and antique jewelry. He works with attorneys on estates, trusts, insurance matters and copyright issues; appraisal theories and concepts; and matrimonial appraising. Edward also works with international accounting firms such as KPMG, LLC. and PWC, along with banks for inventory review as well as appraisals for the sale of major companies. Additionally, he is retained as a business consultant for jewelry companies.

Edward earned a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America and is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America as well as a Senior Accredited Member in Gems and Jewelry from the American Society of Appraisers.

Edward is the co-director of the Antique Jewelry & Art Conference (Jewelry Camp™), an international educational conference for the beginner to the advanced in antique, estate and modern jewelry, which is now in its 40th year. Edward also developed a class titled the “Art of Appraising Jewelry” at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How jewelry follows history.
  • How the diamond industry has changed over the years and what has caused that change.
  • What signed jewelry is and the price difference between signed and unsigned pieces.
  • Trends in the jewelry marketplace, including jewelry trends among millennials and why they’re buying less jewelry.
  • How clothing trends can influence popular types of jewelry.
  • Best practices for networking in the jewelry industry.

Ways to contact Edward:

Episode Transcript

Sharon Berman