About Us


The American Jewelry Institute’s mission is to provide our clients with accurate and unbiased information related to fine jewelry, gems and timepieces. Educating and serving you ethically and without bias is our core focus. We endeavor to better the jewelry industry on the whole by promoting the highest level of stewardship in those we train and associate with. The pursuit of knowledge, ethical conduct and a passion for our field of expertise are the cornerstones of our business.


The American Jewelry Institute was formed in 1999 by president and CEO Richard J. Malerba, G.G. (GIA), RMVP, Member NAJA. The company represents the culmination of many years of experience in various aspects of the jewelry industry. Today the company services focus on advising and educating our clients about the complex and often mysterious world of fine jewelry and gems. We conduct appraisal events, consultations and seminars throughout the US. Capital investment and the hiring of quality gemologists has propelled the American Jewelry Institute to new heights in recent years. We would like to thank all of our past and future clients. Thank you or visiting our site.


At AJI we believe that you are who you surround yourself with. Our professional staff is comprised of over a dozen highly qualified GIA graduate gemologists. Each of our team members has many years of varied experience in the jewelry industry including, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, auctioning, teaching and of course, grading and appraising. We associate ourselves with colleagues for the long haul by fostering an environment for professional growth. The quality of our team and the culture we embrace is evident to our thousands of customers in all the services we provide. We are available to consult with you at locations across the United States. Contact us today to learn more.