Megan Coward is a Graduate Jeweler Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California, where she graduated in the top of her class. As a Graduate Jeweler Gemologist, Megan has a combined degree of Graduate Jeweler and Graduate Gemologist, studying jewelry manufacturing as well as gemstone identification and diamond grading. She has over ten years of experience in the jewelry industry as a diamond buyer, estate jewelry buyer, appraiser, gemologist and sales associate. She also holds a business management degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently working towards her associate's degree in Web Development.
As a diamond buyer for numerous jewelry stores and as an appraiser, Megan has graded, evaluated, and priced millions of dollars' worth of diamonds over the years. The world's premier diamond grading and gemstone lab, the Gemological Institute of America, originated the diamond grading scale used by every jeweler and diamond dealer in the industry. As a graduate of this prestigious institute, Megan is well-versed in the universally recognized language of diamonds. Megan has conducted numerous sales training seminars and has helped sales teams increase their diamond selling potential.
As head appraiser for one of the largest, family-owned jewelry stores on the east coast, Megan not only provided insurance and estate appraisals, she often provided cash appraisals for customers willing to part with their unwanted jewelry. Estate jewelry is a particular passion of hers and customers often brought her suitcases filled with heirloom jewelry to be identified and appraised. While diamond jewelry is the lifeblood of the jewelry industry as a gemologist and a jeweler Megan delights in the rare and unusual gems and metals. Working in upscale, fine jewelry stores from coast-to-coast has enabled her to have a discerning eye and an appreciation for fine craftsmanship.
Megan is an avid reader and writes book reviews for a regional magazine as well as writing feature articles on events and activities near and dear to her heart. She is a frequent volunteer in her city's soup kitchens. When she's not out running half marathons, she's coaching her favorite professional and college football teams from her couch.