Mary B. Reich, G.G., FGA, A.S.A.
Master Gemologist Appraiser®

Experience

Mary has been active in the jewelry industry since 1982, including work as a showroom manager for a wholesale gemstone dealer and as a manager or buyer for fine family-owned retail jewelry stores. Mary has over thirty-eight years of experience as a gemologist and appraiser of fine jewelry and gemstones in the Albuquerque area (since 1987) and opened Gemologically Speaking in 2007 as an independent appraiser of fine jewelry, gemstones and watches for the New Mexico region.

 

Education /Degrees

  • University of Texas at Austin (BA with Honors in History, 1984)

  • Gemological Institute of America (Graduate Gemologist in Residence, 1986)

 

 

Professional Affiliations and Designations

American Society of Appraisers

    • Master Gemologist Appraiser®, American Society of Appraisers (2004 to present)

    • Senior Member (Accredited Senior Appraiser), American Society of Appraisers (1996 to present)

Discipline Governor, International Board of Governors (2015 – 2019)

Vice Chair for Gems and Jewelry, International Board of Examiners (2009 to present)

Education Chair, Gems and Jewelry Discipline (2019 - 2021)

Chair, Gems and Jewelry Discipline Committee (2011 – 2013)

Co-developer and Instructor for GJ Principles of Valuation courses (GJ202, GJ203, GJ216, GJ218)

Gemmological Association of Great Britain

    • Fellow of the Gemmological Association - FGA with Distinction (2015)

National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (2007 to present)

    • Certified Senior Member (2011 to present)

Accredited Gemologists Association, Accredited Senior Gemologist (1995-2005, 2007 to present)

American Gem Society, Certified Gemologist Appraiser (2001 – 2007)

Equipment

Certified Gemological Laboratory #28 as designated by the Accredited Gemologists Association; complete portable GIA Maxilab.

Continuing Education

  • USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) 15 hour or 7 hour update (1995, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020)

  • Appraisal Review and Management ARM204 (2014), ARM201 (2018)

  • International Society of Appraisers Core Courses 102 and 103 (1987)

  • ASA GJ205 (2008)

  • International Conference of the American Society of Appraisers (1995, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009 – 2015, 2017-2019)

  • Replica or Real™ and Evaluating Time™ watch evaluation courses

  • ASA course on Appraisers and the Legal Environment, Post-loss Litigation, PP440 (2019)

  • Antique and Period Jewelry and Gemstone Conference (University of Maine – 1996, Hofstra University – 2008)

  • Accredited Gemologists Association Workshop (February 1995, 2010, 2012-2020; May 2008, 2016)

  • GIA course on Advanced Diamond Grading for the American Society of Appraisers, GJ209 (2013)

  • GIA course on Identification of Synthetic Diamonds (2019)

  • ASA course on Colored Gemstone Treatments and Country of Origin, GJ209 (2015)

  • GIA course on Forensic Jewelry for Appraisers (2017)

  • Conference for the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (Tucson 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017-2018)