Gary L. Smith

Gary L. Smith

PA Gem Lab
344 Broad Street
Montoursville , PA 17754
Office: 570-368-4436

Introduction

The PA Gem Lab is the countries only forensic gemological laboratory specializing in gems and jewelry. Below is a definition of a forensic gemologist:

A forensic gemologist applies scientific analysis to a piece of jewelry to come up with a reason as to why something has happened to it (lost stone, switched stone, broken metal, etc.) and to forensically reconstruct lost, stolen, or damaged items and value them. It involves the identification and authentication of gems and metallurgical knowledge for the metals involved. Testing, research and photographs are just some of what is involved in compiling a report.

They do work for attorneys and private clientele both nationally & internationally. They not only do gemological forensic work but also appraisals, metal testing and gem testing are among the other services offered.

Not only is Gary a Forensic Gemologist™ but he holds the designations of Master Gemologist Appraiser thru the American Society of Appraisers, Graduate Gemologist thru the Gemological Institute of America, Certified Gemologist Appraiser thru the American Gem Society, Accredited Senior Gemologist thru the Accredited Gemological Association.


Areas of Expertise

  • Gems & Jewelry Appraisal

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: American Society of Appraisers
• Accredited Senior Appraiser with the designation of Master Gemologist Appraiser
*Reaccredited through 2021
• Past Chair – Master Gemologist Appraiser Program
• Past Chair – Gems and Jewelry Discipline
• Past Discipline Governor – Gems and Jewelry
• Certified instructor of GJ205, “Gems and Jewelry Appraisal Theory, Methods & Application”
• Certified instructor of GJ206, “Master Gemologist Appraiser” program
• International Secretary/Treasurer – 2012-2013
• International Vice President – 2013-2014
• International President – 2014-2015
American Gem Society
• Certified Gemologist Appraiser
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Accredited Gemologist Association (AGA) – Current Board of Governors / Past Board Member (6 years)
American Gem Society (AGS)
American Gem Trade Association (AGTA)
American Society of Appraisers (ASA) – Past President, International
American Society of Jewelry Historians
GIA Alumni Association
International Association for Identification (IAI)
New Jersey Association of Forensic Scientists (NJAFS)
Pennsylvania Jewelers Association (PJA) – Past 1st Vice President – Current Board Member
Jewelers of America (JA)
Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC)
Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, Inc. (NAWCC)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: American Society of Appraisers

1. Instructor - 1996 – International Appraisal Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada – “How to Identify Victorian and Edwardian Jewelry Reproduction”
2. 1997 – 1999 – Chairman for the Protocol Manual, “Standards – Theory & Techniques” for the Gems & Jewelry Committee. Authored: Antique Period Jewelry Course for GJ206 – Master Gemologist Appraiser
3. Instructor - 1997 – International Appraisal Conference, Houston, TX – “Tool Marks of the Masters©”
4. Instructor - 2002 – International Appraisal Conference, San Diego, CA – “Tool Marks of the Masters©”
5. Instructor – 2005 – International Appraisal Conference, Austin, TX – “Forensic Gemology 101”
6. Instructor – 2006 – GJ205 Course – Tucson, AZ
7. Instructor – 2007/2008/2009/2010 – GJ206 Course – Las Vegas, NV
8. Instructor – 2008/2009 – GJ205 Course – Hofstra University, NY
9. Instructor – 2010 – GJ205 – Iona College – NY
10. Instructor – 2011 – GJ205 – New York, NY

Joyce Jonas & Associates, Inc. – Permanent Faculty

1. Instructor - Jewelry 2001 – Adelphi University, Garden City, NY – “Tool Marks of the Masters©”
2. Instructor - Jewelry 2002 – Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY - “Tool Marks of the Masters©”
3. Instructor - Jewelry 2003 – Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY - “Tool Marks of the Masters©”
4. Instructor - Jewelry 2004 – Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – “Tool Marks of the Masters©”, The Evolution of Jewelry Repair, and Laser Technology 101.
5. Instructor – Jewelry 2005 – Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – “Forensic Gemology 101 ”, Laser Technology 101, Noble Metal Testing 101.
6. Instructor – Jewelry 2006 – St. Johns University, Queens, NY – “Forensic Gemology 101”, “Antique Jewelry Repair”.
7. Instructor – Jewelry 2007 – St. Johns University, Queens, NY – “Forensic Gemology 101”, “Antique Jewelry Repair”.

The Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, Inc.

1. Instructor - Jewelry 2008 – Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY - “Tool Marks of the Masters©”, Parts 1 & 2.
2. Instructor - Jewelry 2009 – Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY - “Tool Marks of the Masters©”, Parts 1 & 2.
3. Instructor – Jewelry 2010 – Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
4. Instructor – Jewelry Camp 2014 – Renaissance Westchester, West Harrison, NY – “Tool Marks of the Masters©”
5. Instructor – Jewelry Camp 2015 – Renaissance Westchester, West Harrison, NY – “Forensic Jewelry Appraising”

International Society of Appraisers

1. Instructor - 2003 – Annual Conference on Personal Property Appraising, Philadelphia, PA – “Tool Marks of the Masters©”
Advanced Laser Training

1. Instructor – 5/13/04 – 5/14/04 – Rofin-Baasel Inc., Plymouth, MI – “Antique Jewelry Repair”
2. Instructor – 9/16/04 – 9/17/04 – Rofin-Baasel Inc., Boxborough, MA – “Antique Jewelry Repair”
3. Instructor – 5/18/05 – 5/20/05 – Rofin-Baasel Inc., Plymouth, MI – “Evolution of Jewelry Repair”
4. Instructor – 10/12/05 – 10/14/05 – Rofin-Baasel Inc., Boxborough, MA – “Evolution of Jewelry Repair”

Other Teaching Experience

1. 1996 – Toronto Antique and Period Jewellery & Gemstone Conference, North York, ON, Canada – Lecture: Gemstones in Antique Jewellery
2. 2002 – Pennsylvania College of Technology – Taught:
A. Diamonds
B. Colored Stones
C. Antique & Period Jewelry
3. 2003 – SI Workshop, Lafayette, LA – Taught “Tool Marks of the Masters©”
4. 2005 – Advanced Laser Training, Plymouth, MI
5. 2006 – Advanced Laser Training, Plymouth, MI
6. 2006 – Presentation to GIA Alumni, Washington DC
7. 2007 – American Gem Society, Conclave, Denver CO – “Romanov or Rip-Off?”
8. 2010 – PA Weights & Measures Conference, Lancaster PA – “Precious Metals 101”
9. 2011 – American Gem Society, Conclave, San Francisco CA – “Forensic Gemology 101”
10. 2012 – DC GIA Alumni, Arlington VA – “Precious Metals 101”
11. 2014 – Presentation at Drexel University, Philadelphia PA – “Forensic Gemology – Case Studies & Techniques”
12. 2014 – Presentation to the Tuscarora Lapidary Society, Philadelphia PA – “Evolution of Jewelry Repair”
13. 2015 – Presentation to the Royal Society of Chemistry – US Division, New York NY - “Forensic Gemology – Case Studies & Techniques”
14. 2017 – Presentation to the New Jersey Association of Forensic Scientists – Atlantic City, NJ – “Forensics in Jewelry, Case Studies”
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 10+
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Gems & Jewelry
Asbestos in relation to jewelry industry
Forensic reconstruction & valuation of missing jewelry
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 3
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2017
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Cases have been settled on basis of my reports
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Cases have been settled on basis of my reports
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 15+
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting
Testing (gemological/metallurgical - precious metals)
Reports
Inspections
Appraisals
Forensic evaluation
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $400/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $400/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $400/hour (8 hour minimum) (plus expenses, mileage, travel time if out of house) (weekends and national holidays billed at 1 ½ times hourly rate)
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $400/hour (8 hour minimum) (plus expenses, mileage, travel time if out of house) (weekends and national holidays billed at 1 ½ times hourly rate)
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: • Laboratory Rate/Testing & $ 400/hour
In office (consultation/appraisals)
• Out-of-office (local) $3,200/day
(plus expenses, mileage)
• In-Country Travel $3,200/day
(plus expenses)
• Foreign Travel $3,200/day
(plus expenses, business class)

Administrative Assistant time to be billed at prevailing rate.

References

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