Why An Independent Appraiser?

You Deserve an Honest, Unbiased Appraisal


Most jewelry appraisers are not independent in that they sometimes buy, sell or broker what they appraise—be it jewelry, watches, loose stones, gold and/or silver.

Lash has long been a crusader against the unethical practices of non-independent appraisers who have financial ties to jewelry marketing establishments.

His truly independent status gives him a fiduciary relationship with clients—his appraisals are only in their best interest—because he does not buy, sell or broker. He also lobbies nationally for upholding the ethics and standards of his industry.


Recognized Worldwide as an Independent Jewelry Appraiser



In 2011, Vincent was honored with an invitation to be only the 24th worldwide member of the elite Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers (AIJV).  Invitation to international membership in the AIJV demonstrates a valuer’s record, reputation, and willingness to comply with the strict AIJV Code of Ethics.  This code assures that the appraiser (known internationally as a “Valuer”) is beyond reproach in standards of integrity, conduct, experience, professionalism, equipment and of course, independence. Today there are only 42 valuers so honored in the world.

Over 400 insurance agencies refer their clients to Vincent Lash & Co. on a regular basis—most having hosted jewelry, silver, and clock appraising events with him in their own offices.

Lisa Fuller, a District Manager with Erie Insurance summed up his integrity and value when she wrote, “Vince is truly independent and when he gives you an appraisal, you can be confident that it is an accurate reflection of the value. Vincent is a Graduate Gemologist, has integrity, expertise and by the way, his rates are very, very fair. You can go further, and pay more, but not get anything better than what Vincent Lash provides.”



 Vincent Lash is an author, speaker, Graduate Gemologist, and one of the most respected appraisers of jewelry, silver, and clocks on the Atlantic coast.  He travels extensively throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Over the past decade alone Mr. Lash has advised more than 14,000 people about their jewelry and silver, appraising in excess of 70,000 items. Vincent also writes articles and lectures in jewelry related subjects and is the author of three novels that center on the jewelry industry.  He resides in Churchville, MD, with his wife and business partner, Barbara, and their two sons.

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