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Julian Cousins FGA DGA FJVA

Julian has worked in the jewellery and silver industry for over 30 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 former Vice Chair of the National Association of Jewellers’ Professional & Technical Standards and Institute of Registered Valuers Steering Group and  a founder member and Treasurer of the Academy of Valuers.

He is also past Chairman of the Jewellery Valuers Association, the only independent governing body in the UK exclusively for jewellery valuers.

Lady Robertson FGA DGA MIRV

Anna is a member of the National Association of Jewellers’ Institute of Registered Valuers, qualifying with distinction in both the Theory of Appraisal Diploma and in the Gemmological Association of Great Britain’s Diamond Diploma. She also holds the Gemmology Diploma and is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association.

Before specialising in jewellery, Anna had a background in Fine Art and Antique Valuations having worked for over 10 years as a general valuer and auctioneer for international auction houses Phillips and Bonhams in London and Kent respectively, followed by 5 years as an art appraiser for AXA XL Art, looking after high net-worth individuals. Anna then decided to pursue her growing interest in jewellery and worked for 6 years for G. Collins & Sons, holders of a Royal Warrant, before joining Julian Cousins & Associates.

Anna regularly attends workshops and educational events in order to keep up with the ever evolving developments in the gemmological and jewellery trade.

Lady Anna Robertson, Julian Cousins & Asociates Jewellery Valuation

“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 His 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.