Before founding Craig Coyne, Sam spent more than a decade serving as an appraiser and estate jewelry buyer for some of the East Coast's most prestigious jewelry stores. His keen eye and unmistakable flair has earned him national recognition as a sought-after speaker on a variety of gem-related topics. Sam earned his Graduate Gemologist diploma in 1994 from the Gemological Institute of America. He was recently elected to membership in The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. The Association, which has members throughout the United States, is dedicated to the maintenance of professional standards, professional ethics and education in the field of jewelry appraising. Sam's passion for beautiful design is infectious and his customers often complain that they had fun while working with him.