COTTESLOE House of Riches manager-valuer Caroline Jones (35) is the first graduate valuer in Australia.
‘It teaches you to value to a higher level and because we are predominantly an antique jewellery store, I tend to value antique pieces, which some valuers may find challenging,’ Ms Jones said.
She qualified from the National Council of Jewellery Valuers course two weeks ago.
The former UK resident had 11 years in the jewellery industry before she moved to Perth six years ago, gaining a gemology diploma in 2010 and a diamond grading qualification in 2012 before she started work at House of Riches in Napoleon Street a year ago.
Ms Jones’s six-month, part-time graduate valuer course has qualified her above registered jewellery valuers.
She said the skills allowed her to work on many of the unusual items that passed through House of Riches, including French opera glasses, heirloom silver and the precious stones found in older jewellery.
‘We do value many things each week, and recently saw some very interesting silver pieces that went back to first settlement, including little trinket boxes and a tea set,’ Ms Jones said.