Northeastern Fine Jewelry does in-house appraisals and utilizes the services of James Naughter who is our independent appraiser.
James Naughter is an independent appraiser of fine jewelry serving the greater Capital District area. His field of expertise encompasses valuation theory and appraisal practice as applied to diamonds, gems (such as ruby, emerald, sapphire, pearls, etc), watches, and jewelry (modern, antique, designer).
Mr. Naughter has been a part of the jewelry industry since 1980. After completing a BS degree from Siena College in 1982, he earned his Graduate Gemologist (GG) diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 1986 with follow-up training through the Gemological Association and Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britain (now Gem-A).
Established in 1979, Mr. Naughter has owned and operated A&A Gemological Laboratory since 1991. The offices are located in Schenectady, Albany & Saratoga Springs, NY.
The Laboratory is a designated Certified Gem Laboratory by the Accredited Gemologists Association and must re-certify every two years. Mr. Naughter, a past Vice-President and Director of the Certified Laboratory Program, also is a Senior Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.
He is frequently asked to give talks on gemology and appraising, catering to fraternal organizations and venues that involve students and those interested in learning about gemology.
A&A Gemological Laboratory has consulted and appraised for numerous state and federal government agencies as well as financial institutions and law firms, both local and regional.