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About our independant contractors

About our independant contractors

Donald A. Palmieri

Mr. Palmieri, jewelry appraiser, forensic expert, consultant and broker, is President of Gemological Appraisal Association, Inc. and publisher of GAA Appraisal Manual and Palmieri’s Market Monitor.  Mr. Palmieri is also the founder and president of GCAL, an ISO 17025 Accredited Forensic Laboratory.

He developed and produces an industry exclusive guaranteed diamond grading certificate through Gem Certification & Assurance Lab, Inc. (GCAL).  Mr. Palmieri is Chairman of Gemprint Corp.  All companies are located at 580 Fifth Avenue, Lower Lobby, New York, NY 10036, telephone (212) 869-9792 or (212) 869-8985 and Fax (212) 869-2315.  Mr. Palmieri is currently serving as Chapter 11 Trustee since February 2005 in a $40 million diamond manufacturer bankruptcy case, appointed by the US Trustee,

New York Southern District. Mr. Palmieri has worked in all levels of the jewelry and gemstone profession during his 48-year career.  Starting at the age of 18 as a jewelry apprentice, designer and special order jeweler, then to retail as salesman, designer, buyer, appraiser, and later as a wholesale representative of two major companies, Seiko Time Corporation and Baumgold Bros. Inc. (diamond cutters) covering New England, New York and Pennsylvania.  He served in the U.S. Military from 1966-1969 and is a decorated Vietnam veteran.  Palmieri has worked for well-known companies in western Pennsylvania, such as F. J. Bauer Co., Bailey, Banks & Biddle, and Hardy & Hayes, before starting his own business in 1978.  Mr. Palmieri is a 1971 graduate in residence of the Gemological Institute of America, Santa Monica, CA (now located in Carlsbad, CA).  He is a 2011 graduate of the Foundation FGA Course through the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Palmieri has been under contract with the Federal Trade Commission, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs Bureau, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Trustee’s Office, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and The Ontario Attorney General as a consultant, appraiser, mediator, forensic expert witness and trustee.  His expertise is frequently sought by banks, museums, foundations, insurance companies, the jewelry trade – both wholesale and retail, law firms, accounting firms and individuals as jewelry quality and value comes into question, and has been called upon to testify as an expert witness in major court cases throughout the United States, Canada, Singapore and The Bahamas. read more...

Angelo W. Palmieri

Angelo Palmieri brings an exciting and well rounded level of experience, intellect, leadership, and integrity to the industry as President of the all new GEMPRINT® Corporation, recently acquired by the Palmieri Group of Companies.  Angelo is currently Vice President and partner of GCAL (Gem Certification & Assurance Lab, Inc.), and Gemological Appraisal Association, Inc.  As GCAL’s ISO 17025 Accredited Forensic Laboratory Internal Auditor and Management Representative since 2007, he is responsible for maintaining, monitoring, and recording all processes and procedures, and quality assurance standards in the laboratory. 

Angelo spearheaded the RJC Audit that resulted in GCAL becoming a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.  A 2002 Graduate of Cornell University, he majored in business and played football (Sprint) as a four year starter, the last as captain of the team.  He most recently received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at New York University, the Stern School of Business in 2009, while working full time and playing rugby for the NYU Rugby Club for 2 ½ years, the last as captain of the team.

  A current student of both the Gemological Institute of America (Graduate Gemologist Program) and the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), Angelo holds the title of Cert GA, and is currently finishing his FGA.  Angelo has also completed the ASA Accelerated GJ205/206 Master Gemologist Appraiser course, the 15 Hour USPAP Course, and is anticipating completing requirements for ASA Certification. 

Angelo has contributed significant works in litigation support, research, and reports for government, financial institutions, and accounting firms.  Angelo has lectured and assisted with on-air national TV interviews (NBC The Today Show, ABC Good Morning America, and WABC-TV New York), concerning gold buying in the US, buying smart at Valentine's Day, and the benefits of Gemprint.  Since 2005, he has been trained by world class gemological and appraisal experts.  Angelo has presented at various conferences around the world, including at The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) National Conference in Phoenix, AZ in 2012 and San Antonio, TX in 2013.  He also presented at the International Fine Art & Specie Insurance Conference (IFASIC) in Barcelona, Spain in 2011, and in Lisbon, Portugal in 2012. Angelo completed the 1997 Pittsburgh Marathon, while fundraising for Team in Training (Leukemia & Lymphoma), and completed the 2011 NYC Marathon, while fundraising for LIVESTRONG (The Lance Armstrong Foundation).