Megan Coward

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.

Engagement Rings

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.

Jewelry

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.

Web Design

Megan is currently working towards her associate's degree in Web Design and Development at a technology school that specializes in hands-on, practical training in the latest technology, apps, and HTML, CSS, and JavaScript coding. She is a Mac girl living in a PC world and easily transitions between both set-ups based on the project. Her background in retail and jewelry manufacturing enables her to build websites that are artistically pleasing to the eye while also being centered around enhancing a user's experience.

Other Interests

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.

Most Recent Contributions by Megan Coward

Cartier Fashion Watches

In 1904, Alberto Santos-Dumont, an aviator, asked his friend, watchmaker Jacques Cartier, to design a watch that was easier to read when fly ... Read More

Halo Style Engagement Rings

Halo rings are among the most popular styles for an engagement. These rings are done in elegant designs that use a ring of diamonds to surro ... Read More

Modern Designer Engagement Rings

18K Rose Gold Eternity Diamond Engagement Ring Tacori's 18k yellow gold engagement ring is a great example of the popular split shank st ... Read More

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Many of the top jewelry designers are re-discovering the beauty of rose-colored gold. Its pink hue complements most skin tones and offers so ... Read More

Shopping for Fake Diamond Rings

With the cost of diamonds being high, costume or fake diamonds have become quite popular. Fake diamonds are simulants or imitations, which a ... Read More

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