Vice President, Senior Jewelry Specialist
Jillian Beck joined Gurr Johns in November 2022 as Vice President, Senior Jewelry Specialist, bringing more than 25 years’ experience in the jewelry industry. She provides appraisals for the purposes of estate and tax planning, charitable donations, insurance coverage and claims, family division, and loan collateral, in conjunction with advising clients on the private sale of fine jewelry, gemstones, and timepieces.
Jillian began her career in antique and estate jewelry before transitioning to retail, and eventually the consulting sector. She spent 9 years heading the appraisal department of a prominent New Jersey based fine jewelry retailer, gaining extensive experience appraising contemporary jewelry, including designer, important diamond, and fine colored gemstone pieces. She assisted the production department in the acquisition of gemstones and worked closely with various craftsman and suppliers to create custom jewelry. Jillian was then employed by the retailer and collateral lender Suttons & Robertsons, in New York, as assistant manager and head jewelry appraiser, before founding her own jewelry appraisal and consulting business, where she spent the last eight years. During this time she consulted for both private clients and appraisal firms, including Gurr Johns, on the appraisal and/or advisement of numerous important jewelry collections.
Jillian completed her Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America and received a BS in Business Administration from Felician University. She is a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) and a member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians (ASJH). Jillian’s appraisals are compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP).