A JVA Valuer is either a Member or Fellow of The Jewellery Valuers Association (JVA), which is the only independent professional body in the UK and Ireland that oversees valuations undertaken by its members on Jewellery, Gemstones, Watches and Silverware.
The JVA was created out of the need for a totally independent organisation for Jewellery and watch valuers in the UK and Ireland, which would be run by valuers for valuers. The JVA aims to improve the level of valuations produced in these fields, promote good valuation practice to insurers and brokers, to educate the public regarding the importance of well researched valuations and to promote its members to the public. The JVA is recognised as the leading authority in this field, with many Insurance Companies now requesting that valuations provided to them are only undertaken by a JVA.
Becoming a member of the JVA is no easy task. It requires pre-requisites such as Diplomas in Diamond Grading, Gemmology and Appraisal Theory, along with at least five years valuing experience in the trade. Potential members then have their work assessed, and if they meet the strict standards of the JVA they are invited to join. It doesn’t end there, as members have their work peer reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they still reach the high standards set by the JVA and also undertake Continued Professional Development (CPD) to show they are actively keeping updated with technology, education and the trade. Members also have to adhere to the Principles of Good Practice put in place by the JVA. All this ensures that the valuation produced by a JVA Valuer will be to the highest standards, in accordance to the specified purpose and needs of the client.