Michael Matthews are pleased to announce the new appointment of our new in-house valuer, David Fromming.

 As a FIRV (National Association of Jewellers, Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers) David needs to be qualified, experienced and knowledgeable, all of which takes time and effort to acquire the right skill set and knowledge base.

Having worked for independent family run jewellers since the late 1980’s, David has worked hard to gain gemmological and diamond grading qualifications, and in 1996 became a member of the (then) Registered Valuers’ Scheme which was re-launched as the Institute of Registered Valuers in 2008. These shops have all dealt in antique as well as medium to high end modern and bespoke jewellery and watches, giving David invaluable hands-on experience in this important area of the trade. He has also built-up some fantastic trade contacts so since no-one knows it all, it’s great to know that specialist expert help is never far away.

 The benefit to the public is that David (and ALL IRVs’) is required to demonstrate his skills and professionalism by means of submissions of actual valuations he has completed to his peers (a Monitoring Panel of experts) on a regular basis (all customer details are omitted of course). The Monitoring Panel consists of the UK’s leading jewellery valuers, and as all sample valuations are submitted by an anonymous process, fairness and integrity is assured.

 To become a Fellow of the IRVs’ David had to achieve a pass mark in excess of 85% AND demonstrate his record of continual education (Continual Professional Development). Today there is a plethora of gemstone enhancements that can greatly affect the value and the professional valuer MUST attend regular training seminars to keep abreast of identification techniques and values.

In addition, David has twice been nominated for The David Wilkins Award, an award that recognises valuing excellence.