STEVEN A. KNIGHT, GG, RMV, CJI-APP
Registered Master Valuer, Accredited Appraiser
A highly respected member of the jewellery industry who has been actively involved in the jewellery business since 1978 and is currently a full time appraiser of gems and jewellery as well as running The Jewellery Judge. Steven has worked in retail, wholesale and manufacturing facets of the jewellery industry. Steve was the first person in Canada to obtain the Coloured Stone Grading degree from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He has been instrumental in developing the concept of computer-aided jewellery appraisals. He has brought new ideas and concepts to an industry steeped in tradition. Steven conceived the original concept for computer assisted appraisals which developed into the Jewellery Judge Appraisal Program. In 1998 Steven received his Registered Master Valuer and in 2000 his Accredited Appraiser CJI-APP.
Steven maintains associations with: The Gemological Institute of America; The Canadian Jewellers Association and The American Gem Trade Association. Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Insurance Brokers of Hamilton.
His Gemological education has earned him the Graduate Gemologist Degree from the Gemological Institute of America. His appraisal education has earned him Registered Master Valuer, Accredited Appraiser CJI-APP. And in the past Senior Appraiser Status from the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, as well as lecturing for the NAJA on using the GIA coloured stone grading system and use of price guides with it.
Steven has been retained in numerous instances as an expert witness by many attorneys to appraise jewellery for the purpose of determining the value for inheritance taxes. Steven has also done work for Canada Customs and the RCMP. His appraisals are accepted by all major insurance companies as well as by jewellers and other businesses to determine the proper price to pay or to receive for jewellery. Steven is also in Hamilton Law Association Journal.
He maintains a current data file for all his past appraisals. His library includes authoritative appraisal manuals and current price indexes as well as reference books and trade periodicals.
Professional Associations and Affiliations
Member of Toronto Chapter of the Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association. Past Board member of Better Business Bureau of Southern Ontario.
Past Board member of Canadian Jewellers Association.
Past Board member of Canadian Jewellers Institute's Accredited Appraiser Program