Classes & events

Appraisal theory for the jewelry profession – July 21st and July 28, 2018

Fairfield Inn * 201 N. Via Cortez * Anaheim Hills, CA

This comprehensive two-day class covers the legal, ethical, and practical aspects of jewelry appraising.

Course content includes much proprietary information including: efficient intake methodology, research venues, and efficient document preparation.

The course also include a special section addressing common issues encountered by beginning appraisers.

Class includes a 20-page course outline, 15 pages of illustrated handouts, sample appraisal, sample worksheet and numerous informational PDF files.

The room accommodates 15 students only, so book early. The cost is $295.00. A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required to register. We accept cash, check, and credit cards.

Continental breakfast will be provided on both days.

Call Diana Sanders Cinamon toll free for additional information at: (877)255-5445

Eight-week classes at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, California

Call toll free for more information  (877) 255-5445

Classes and presentations about antiques, antique jewelry, fine art, gemology, and estate and donation guidelines.

Pearls class – begins in February 6, 2018

This class is part of the SCC gemology program and covers the history of pearls along with identifying and grading different types of pearls. If you buy and sell antique or vintage jewelry in the secondary market, this class is a must. The class also provides tips for traditional buying sources like local and national shows. There are hundreds of pearl vendors at the Tucson gem show. A solid understanding of what to look for will put you ahead of the completion.

  • This class does not require any prior training in gemology. This fun and informative class has easy identification lessons, LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL PEARLS, and ample lab time to perfect grading techniques. This is the only class of its kind. You will understand what makes a beautiful pearl and valuable when you complete the class.
  • We also have an annual guest speaker who brings us the latest industry news about the pearls market. He always brings us first-hand information about the newest developments in pearl culturing and industry trends.
  • While there is no official grading system for pearls, this class covers various popular grading systems.
  • The class also covers how different types of pearls are valued and why. Learn how to perform pearl jewelry appraisals or just learn how to be a better shopper.
  • There are seven factors that affect pearl value: size, shape, surface, color, luster, nacre, and matching. Some factors are more important than others. This class helps you understand the weight of different value factors.
  • The class also cover FTC guidelines for how to describe various types of pearls.

Antique and period jewelry – April 18, 2018

This class is is part of the Gemology program at Santiago Canyon College. The course covers periods, styles, manufacturing techniques, and values of the jewelry from the late Georgian period through Mid-Century Modern. Ms. Cinamon is a leading authority on antique and collectible jewelry. You will benefit from information which has taken over fifteen years of continuous research. You will likely not find another antique jewelry appraiser or specialist who continues to contribute to their knowledge base with the same level of dedication.

  • You will learn that an antique or vintage piece is not valuable because of its age, alone. Some types of jewelry are more collectible than others and will sell for more.
  • You will learn the elements of a well constructed antique jewelry appraisal. This class is designed for the non-gemologist, but certainly an industry background will help in the indentification and valuation process.
  • This class has lots of handouts, lots and lots of beautiful jewelry. Every class has a guided, "hands-on" workshop.
  • For an example of the type of information covered in this class, visit the Jewelry Tips page for a few identification pointers. Find out what you can discover with just a pen light . You will learn how to tell the difference between elephant ivory, mammoth ivory, and walrus ivory, as well ivory substitutes.
  • Since Ms. Cinamon is the author of your textbook, you will be receiving instruction from a leading authority in the antique jewelry industry.

Pearls class image excerpts


It’s easy to identify “faux” pearls

One of the easiest lessons is learning to tell the difference between real pearls and "faux" (imitation) pearls. Below is one example showing "puddling" at the drill hole.

imitation pearl 

Antique and period jewelry class image excerpts


One hour presentation title slides


Evening, full day, and week-end presentations

These are longer programs. Call for details but all presentations include digital projection handouts, and either "hands-on" work-shops, or class exercises to help sharpen skills. There is always more to learn so never stop learning about jewelry or jewelry appraisals.

Appraisal Theory for the Jewelry Profession (includes antique jewelry appraisal theory). This is a week-end class taught privately providing a certificate of completion.

  • Georgian or Early Victorian
  • Pearls for Beginners
  • Strategies for Success, a Small Business Blueprint

Ms. Cinamon is available for presentations in the Southern California area in the following counties: Orange County, CA Orange, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Irvine, and surrounding cities in the OC area. In Los Angeles County, Ca we cover: Los Angeles, Encino, Woodland Hills, Glendale, the San Gabriel Valley and the San Fernando Valley. Our service locations in San Bernardino County, CA includes: San Bernardino, Chino Hills, Redlands, Riverside and nearby locations in the Coachella Valley and the Inland Empire also include Palm Springs and Palm Desert.

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One hour presentations

Are you looking for a guest speaker for a fundraiser or meeting? As an author and educator, Ms. Cinamon speaks regularly to clubs and collector groups. She can help with a fundraising idea or just to make a monthly meeting more interesting. Below is a list of current presentations. All presentations include digital projection and include handouts. Most have a short "hands-on" work-shops.

  • All that Glitters
  • Cameos, Ancient Inspirations
  • Depression Era Jewelry
  • Estate and Donation Appraisal Guidelines
  • Famous Pearls
  • Gemstones in Jewelry
  • History in the Jewelry Box
  • How to Be a Silver Detective
  • Masters of Design
  • Mid-Victorian Jewelry
  • Revivalist Jewelers
  • The Confident Collector

Previous presentations venues

  • American Hat Pin Society, Huntington Beach, CA 
  • Appraisers National Association, La Habra, CA 
  • Banning Residence Museum, Wilmington, CA
  • Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA
  • Claremont University Club, Claremont, CA
  • Collector’s Conference, Claremont, CA
  • Huntington Beach Antique Club, Huntington Beach, CA
  • Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Phelan Friends of the Library, Phelan, CA
  • Rancho Cucamonga Senior Center, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • SCC Gemology Alumni Association, Orange, CA
  • The Laguna Woods Performing Arts Center, Laguna Woods, CA
  • The Upland Women's Club, Upland, CA

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Appraisal Theory for Jewelry at the Fairfield Inn, Anaheim Hills, CA

The class is offered on consecutive Saturdays, in July 2018, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The cost is $295.00. A $50.00 deposit is required to hold your place. 

This comprehensive two-day class covers the legal, ethical, and practical aspects of jewelry appraising including:

  • Seven steps of the appraisal process
  • U.S.P.A.P. overview
  • IRS appraiser qualifications
  • Guidelines for non-cash donations
  • Valuation approaches
  • Types of appraisals

Course content will also include much proprietary information including: efficient intake methodology, research venues, and efficient document preparation.

The course also includes a special section addressing common issues beginning appraisers encounter.

Class includes a 20-page course outline, 15 pages of illustrated handouts, sample appraisal, sample worksheets, and numerous informational PDF files.

A certificate of completion will be provided. 

Contact Diana Cinamon toll free at (877) 255-5445 for more information.

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