Craig A. Lynch G.G.

Accredited Senior Gemologist, Certified Insurance Appraiser
Certified Gemological Laboratory: 2007-2017
Accredited Gemologist Association Board of Directors: 2014-2017


  • Gems and Jewelry 206 Advanced Appraisal Class, Theory and Practical. American Society of Appraisers: 2006
  • Certified Insurance Appraiser, Jewelry Insurance Appraisal Institute, JCRS, Jewelry: 2005
  • Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP): 1995
  • Accredited Senior Gemologist: 1985-present
  • Continuing education conferences, Accredited Gemologist Association: 1985-present
  • Senior Member, American Society of Appraisers: 1989-90
  • Graduate Gemologist, Gemological Institute of America: 1983


  • Owner/Operator, Ouellet & Lynch: 1987-present
  • Company Appraiser, Store Manager, Buyer, Glennpeter Jewelers, Schenectady, New York: 1983-87
  • Management, corporate product knowledge training, Modern Merchandising, Salt Lake City, Utah: 1978-83

Special Expertise

  • Appraisals: replacement value (insurance), damage/loss, estate, donation, divorce settlement, liquidation
  • Independent personal property appraiser for banks, trust companies, attorneys, insurance companies, fine jewelers and private individuals
  • Expert witness: Appears in federal, state and binding mediation court as an expert witness. Testimony with experience in preparing appraisal documentation for litigation in insurance loss, inheritance, divorce, disputes between jewelers or between jewelers and customers as well as damage claims.
  • Specialist in estate liquidation consulting – pre-sale or post-sale of diamonds, fine jewelry and gemstones purchased by consumers. Gemstone identification and gemstone authentication (natural vs. synthetic).
  • Gemological Consultant to the Somewhere In the Rainbow Collection

    Gemological Consultant to the Somewhere In the Rainbow Collection

    Gemological Consultant to the world renown “Somewhere in the Rainbow Collection“. The Articles I wrote for Chubb Insurance about this incredible world class gem and modern jewelry collection are the sole purpose for their education collection. What is Somewhere in the Rainbow?

  • In 2002 I appraised all of the jewelry recovered from the RMS Titanic.

Professional Organizations

Arizona Jewelers Association

President 2008
Board of Directors 2005-09

Accredited Gemologist Association

Board of Governors, 1997-2009
Membership Chair, 1997-2001

Jewelers of America
Arizona Jewelers Association

Ethics & Education

Jewelers Security Alliance

Law Enforcement
Crime Prevention

Arizona Collectibles (PBS)

Arizona Collectibles explores the past through peoples’ treasures and stories.
Craig Lynch has been the show’s Jewelry Appraiser since 2013.

Member of the Arizona Better Business Bureau (A+ Rating)