jeanne-hawkAfter a successful career designing, developing, and testing software, Jeanne decided to pursue her passion of jewelry design. Having designed some fine jewelry pieces years ago, Jeanne began designing, handcrafting, and selling sterling silver jewelry.

Jeanne gained a new appreciation for gemstones and their beauty which prompted her to study gemology. She earned her Graduate Gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and worked for different jewelers in the bay area doing gemology and appraisal work.

Realizing she wanted to be an independent jewelry appraiser she pursued formal appraisal studies with the California Institute of Jewelry Training (CIJT) where she received her Registered MasterValuer™ certification. Eager to learn more specifically about insurance appraisals, she earned her Certified Insurance Appraiser™ designation from the Jewelry Insurance Appraisal Institute (JIAI).


Jeanne at the Microscope


Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Carlsbad, CA

California Institute of Jewelry Training (CIJT), Fair Oaks, CA

Jewelry Insurance Appraisal Institute (JIAI), Oakland, CA

Ohio University, Athens, OH (B.S. Computer Science)


GIA Diplomas

Graduate Gemologist (GG), GIA – 2014

Graduate Pearls, GIA – 2015

Graduate Diamonds, GIA – 2014

Graduate Colored Stones, GIA – 2014

Accredited Jewelry Professional, GIA – 2013


Industry Certifications

Graduate Gemologist (GG), GIA – 2014

Registered MasterValuer™, CIJT – 2015

Certified Insurance Appraiser™, JIAI – 2015



Owner, Jeanne Hawk Fine Jewelry Appraisals, LLC

Seven plus years’ experience in the jewelry industry as jewelry designer, jewelry business owner, gemologist, sales manager and appraiser.


Professional Affiliations

American Society of Appraisers (ASA), Candidate Status

National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA), Member

Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA), Accredited Senior Gemologist

Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Alumni Association