Julian Cousins

Julian Cousins has worked in the jewellery and silver industry for over 25 years and is a third-generation jeweller.

He has a degree in Fine Art and Antique Valuation from Southampton Solent University, has completed the National Association of Goldsmiths’ Gemmological Diploma, their Certificate of Appraisal Theory and the Gemmological Association of Great Britain’s Gemmology and Diamond Diplomas.

He is a Fellow of The Jewellery Valuers Association, the only independent governing body in the UK exclusively for jewellery valuers. Its members comprise some of the most qualified and experienced professionals in the jewellery industy.

He is a published authority on Huguenot silver of the late 17th and early 18th centuries and his paper is referenced by the British Museum. He is Chairman of The Jewellery Valuers Association and a founder member and Treasurer of the Academy of Valuers.

“It is important to insist on a jewellery or silverware valuation from a professional, qualified valuer to ensure you have a document that is worth the paper it is written on”

“Although it is not a current requisite, it may not be long before Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs require professional qualifications in order for jewellery probate valuations to be valid”

The Jewellery Valuers Association is the only independent governing body in the UK exclusively for jewellery valuers.

Its members comprise some of the most qualified and experienced professionals in the jewellery industry because jewellery valuation is unique amongst the fine and decorative arts in requiring not only an appreciation for the aesthetics and quality of manufacture of an item, but also an in-depth scientific knowledge of its material components.

Membership of the Jewellery Valuers Association therefore requires a recognised gemmology qualification, a recognised diamond grading qualification, a recognised valuation qualification and at least 5 years’ experience in the jewellery industry.