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Biography: Vincent Lash, G.G. (GIA)


Vincent Lash began his career in the jewelry trade in 1980, receiving the Graduate Gemologist designation from the Gemological Institute of America in 1982. He became an independent appraiser of jewelry, silver, and clocks after establishing his company, VINCENT LASH & CO., formally a.p.praisers, in 1986. In addition to appraising throughout the mid-Atlantic region, he writes articles and gives lectures about the jewelry trade.

Over 400 insurance agencies, including State Farm, Nationwide, Allstate, Erie Insurance, and independent insurance agencies, refer their clients to Vincent Lash on a regular basis—most having hosted jewelry, silver, and clock appraising events with him in their own offices.

Over the past decade alone, Vincent Lash has advised more than 14,000 people about their jewelry and silver, appraising in excess of 70,000 items.

Vincent Lash, G.G. (GIA), is qualified to appraise modern, period, and antique fine jewelry-diamonds, colored stones, pearls, gold and platinum jewelry, rings, pendants, chains, bracelets, earrings, watches, silver flatware and hollow-ware, and clocks.


The following is a summary of Vincent Lash’s qualifications as it appears on every appraisal report: Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Graduate Gemologist diploma (G.G.), 1982 – GIA Diamond Grading and Evaluation, 1981 – GIA Colored Stone Grading Evaluation and Identification, 1982 – Gemological Association of Great Britain Preliminary Course, 1985 – University of Indiana (in conjunction with The International Society of Appraisers) courses: Personal Property Methodology and Reasoning / Personal Property Appraiser’s Fiduciary Responsibilities, 1987 – Benchwork (platinum-, gold-, and silversmithing) apprenticeship, 1986 to 1989 – Horology (clock and watchmaking) apprenticeship, 1980 to 1983 – GIA Alumni Association Diploma Member, 1985, with continuing education: Gemology Update Seminars, 1983-1986 – GIA Detecting Synthetic Diamonds, 29 March 1998 – GIA Pearls Course, April 2000 – Currently the appraiser for five independent jewelry concerns in the Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas – Author of Jeweler’s Mark – Active full-time in the jewelry industry since 1980.