Vermont Professional Appraisals LLC
INDEPENDENT JEWELRY APPRAISAL SERVICE
Vermont Professional Appraisals LLC is an Independent Jewelry Appraisal Service. VTPA's mission is to provide the community and businesses with an unbiased, confidential, friendly, accurate and meaningful jewelry appraisal experience.
As a Graduate Gemologist of The Gemological Institute of America and a member of The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers I am required to be USPAP compliant and adhere to a strict Code of Professional Ethics and Client's Bill of Rights.
I’ve had 20 years industry experience conducting appraisals for insurance and estate purposes. My scope of experience is broad and encompasses diamonds, colored gemstones and mineral specimens, also many different styles of jewelry throughout the ages, custom hand made jewelry, modern fine jewelry, even costume.
I've also had 18 years of design experience and at the jeweler's bench. Having an understanding of how jewelry is made is a very valuable tool in determining value.
For convenience sake, my lab is portable, so I can come to you!
"Professional with a personal touch."
Shannon Freeman, G.G.
- Member of The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
Take the first step in securing your treasures and contact me today!
The Gemological Institute of America is the world's largest and most respected institute of gemological research and education.
GIA is where students from all over the world begin to build successful careers in the gem and jewelry field. The Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) diploma, which focuses on gem grading and identification, is the industry’s highest professional credential.
To become a G.G., one must first complete the appropriate course work, pass written examinations and complete the required Lab courses to become a Diamonds Graduate and Colored Stones Graduate.
Then comes the true test, putting into action what the student has already learned to gather information and properly identify 500 stones in the Gem Identification course.
But that's not all! A student has to first pass the infamous 20 Stone Final exam with a 100% before receiving their diploma! It takes most students several times of taking this test before passing it. Tooting my own horn here a little, I passed the first time!
The NAJA 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.
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.
NAJA members are required to be USPAP compliant and adhere to a strict Code of Professional Ethics and Client's Bill of Rights. This is to protect the general public and the profession on a whole by ensuring that it upholds it's integrity by maintaining a certain set of high standards.
Necessary course requirements to fulfill GG credential:
- Diamonds & Diamond Grading
- Colored Stone Grading Lab
- Diamond Grading Lab
Shannon Freeman, G.G.
- Colored Stones Graduate C.S.G.
- Accredited Jewelry Professional A.J.P.
AGS The American Gem Society
- Graduate Sales Associate G.S.A.
Member of The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
18 years industry experience grading diamonds and colored stones and conducting appraisals.
"Why choose an independent appraiser?"
Independent appraisers focus solely on valuation with no intention to buy items and therefore are able to give an opinion of value free of bias.
This is important so your jewelry is accurately valued, in the unfortunate event of a loss or theft it can be replaced with a similar or like item.
Items that are valued too high can result in overpayment of insurance premiums.
This is money out of your pocket and overtime can add up!
Peace of mind begins right here.
Why do you need an appraisal?
There are many different types of appraisals (click on Services to learn more).
The most common reason is for insurance purposes. An insurance appraisal is a formal document which completely describes an item and shows a value. It is then submitted to your insurance company so that in case of a loss, your assets will be protected.
The thing I like most about jewelry is how personal it is. It’s more about a person and the relationship than it is about the piece itself. That’s why jewelry is so sentimental. That’s why Grandma’s pearls or your wedding ring mean so much. You may love the piece, but you love your Grandma and your spouse much more! More than anything it’s the relationship that brings even more value to the piece.
To me, very much like jewelry, the best part of business is people. Working with the right people and creating great working relationships with those people is what makes work and life so much more enjoyable!