Deborah Finleon, GIA GG, CMA
Deborah J. Finleon
GIA GG, CMA (NAJA)
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As a Graduate Gemologist (Gemological Institute of America) and Certified Master Appraiser with the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA), Deborah Finleon is dedicated to providing expert appraisal services while strictly adhering to the highest professional and ethical standards.
Ms. Finleon has over twenty years of experience in the jewelry industry, ranging from design to retail to appraisal. Her work in the appraisal field spans countless assignments for both retail and private clients, as well as estates and consulting.
DJF Appraisal Services was founded in 2010, the realization of a lifelong dream. Ms. Finleon's previous affiliation was as in-house gemologist/appraiser with Ketterman's Jewelers, a long-established, family-owned retail jeweler in Vienna, Virginia. Prior to that, she was founder and designer of DJF Design, hand-crafting fine beaded jewelry.
As Associate Director of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, Chair of Education, she coordinates the mentoring program, was co-editor of the recently revised Appraisal Studies Course, and presents at bi-annual conferences.
Ms. Finleon's early career was driven by her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, which led to positions with Christie's Auction House in New York City, and with a private art collector in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Ms. Finleon is a member of the following organizations:
National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA)
Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Washington DC Chapter
Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers
Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts