Finding the right appraiser requires an investigation of his or her qualifications. Jewelry appraising, unlike real estate appraising, is not a licensed profession. Some appraisers may belong to professional associations. It is also recommended that the appraiser have gemological credentials from a recognized trade school. However, remember that depending on the assignment, the level of expertise may vary just as it would with a specialist in the medical profession. A jeweler that does appraisals may not have certain credentials or expertise but may be qualified to do some appraisals, especially on items that they sold you.