Independent Jewellery Valuer, Appraiser and Gemmologist
Michael Inkpen FGA Ltd is an Independent Professional Jewellery Valuation Service providing a service for private clients, insurance companies and quality jewellers throughout the South West of England.
We specialise in home visits providing a discrete, efficient and timely service in the privacy of your own home. Situated in Exeter, Devon, our Home Visit Service is available in the South Hams region Devon and other areas by arrangement. We provide a visiting service to clients in and around the cities of Exeter, Plymouth and Truro and the Torbay area.
Michael has over forty years trade experience and began as a sixteen-year-old trainee jewellery designer/diamond mounter at the Central School of Art, Holborn, London. After leaving art school he worked in West End jewellery workshops as a jewellery designer and diamond mounter for eighteen years before moving to Devon
He is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association, the learned body that is responsible for founding the very science of gemmology. Gem-A, as it is now known, runs the world famous gemmology study course. This two year course must be taken in two parts - preliminary followed by diploma. Successfully passing both examinations results in the qualification of Fellow of the Gemmological Association which Michael holds.
During the 1990's he owned and ran his own jewellery shop but now works as an independent jewellery valuer and gemmologist. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers and this means that he has satisfied the valuation committee of the Institute that he is a fit and proper person with the right degree of trade experience and qualification to carry out valuations to the exacting standards they lay down. Regular checks are made by this governing body to ensure these standards are being upheld. He has been awarded the "David Wilkins Award 2011-2012" by the National Association of Goldsmiths Institute of Registered Valuers.
He regularly attends the Institute of Registered Valuers conferences and meetings of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Michael is a member of the Society of Jewellery Historians and a founder member of the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers. Michael formaly served on the management committee of the NAJ′s Institute of Registered Valuers.