Scott Friedman achieves Master Gemologist Appraiser® status
(NEW YORK) – The International Gemological Institute (IGI) is proud to announce Scott Friedman, director of business development, has earned the Master Gemologist Appraiser® (MGA) accreditation from the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). ASA’s MGA certification mark is the highest designation in the gems and jewelry appraisal profession. Friedman joins IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald and IGI’s Quality Insurance Director Ed Kordimany as Accredited Senior Members, and Ed Kordimany as MGA.
The process to achieve MGA certification is rigorous and an individual must meet a long list of requirements, including:
- have Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) status in the society
- be a Graduate Gemologist (GG) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or hold the designation of Fellow, Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA) or similar approved gemological designation
- own or be employed by an owner of an ASA-registered gemological laboratory
- pass the Farnsworth-Munsell 100-hue test for color discrimination
- successfully complete the Master Gemologist Appraiser program
“We are very proud to have Mr. Friedman as part of IGI,” said IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald, GG and Accredited Senior Member of the ASA. “IGI strives to offer the highest quality services to our customers and we support our staff’s continued learning and advancement in the gemstones and fine jewelry industry.”
Friedman is a lifelong resident of New York, originally from Long Island and currently living in Manhattan. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2003 with a bachelor’s of business administration and went on to become a graduate gemologist. Friedman credits the start of his career in the jewelry industry to a passion for diamonds he learned from his grandfather, a diamond sawyer. Friedman has worked with IGI since 2005.