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Peter R Buckie FJVA

  • Well over half a century of experience in the jewellery industry
  • Former Fellow of the Institute of Registered Valuers (resigned 31-12-19)
  • First recipient of the Institute of Registered Valuers 'David Wilkins VALUER OF THE YEAR 2008' award
  • Former Chairman of the National Association of Jewellers Valuations Committee
  • Principal contributor to the NAJ/IRV Certificate of Appraisal Theory (CAT) programme
  • Fellow of the Jewellery Valuers Association
  • Member of the Society of Expert Witnesses
  • Valuer of one of the world's largest 'perfect' diamonds

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▼ Detailed Profile ▼
Peter’s long and passionate love affair with jewellery, gems and diamonds, started in earnest just over fify-five six years ago when he entered the Mayfair retail jewellery world. He started from the bottom up as a junior and eventually achieved the status of manager and senior valuer.

In 1973, Peter re-located to Cambridge where he opened his own shop and another followed in 1979. It was here that Peter first offered his ‘Visiting Valuer Service’, whereby the valuation was carried out in the client’s home.

Peter was one of the first jewellers to achieve the status of National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) Registered Valuer, whereupon his ability, dynamism and commitment to excellence was immediately recognised and he was invited to join the Association’s Valuations Committee in early 1989. In 1991, Peter was elected Vice Chairman of that Committee and in September 1994 he became its Chairman, a post he held for three years.

In 2008, NAG launched the Institute of Registered Valuers and in recognition of his outstanding skill, dedication and service in respect of jewellery appraisal and valuation, Peter became the first recipient of the Institute's David Wilkins 'VALUER OF THE YEAR' Award and he was subsequently elected a Fellow of the Institute. He then acted as a consultant to the Institute, becoming one of its six person Registration and Monitoring Panel.  This Panel is responsible for scrutinising all applicants’ valuation work prior to acceptance to the Institute and for monitoring all Members’/Fellows’ sample valuations mandatorily submitted to the Institute every five years in order to retain their status and gain CPD points. In 2012, the Institute commissioned Peter to be the principal contributor to its new Certificate of Appraisal Theory (CAT) educational programme for aspiring valuers, the passing of which subsequently became a pre-requisite for entry into the Institute. Very regrettably, for personal reasons and professional divergence, Peter resigned his Fellowship of the Institute in December 2019. He is now a Fellow of the Jewellery Valuers Association, a newly formed and totally independent organisation and he has re-joined five of his former colleagues, who also resigned from the IRV, as a member of the Association’s Registration and Monitoring Panel.

He is a former consultant valuer to Garrard the Crown Jeweller, to Asprey of Bond Street and to Christie’s. Peter is an officially appointed jewellery, gems, diamond and watch valuer to HM Revenue & Customs and he is generally regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent jewellery and gems valuers. He is member of many scientific and professional associations, including the Society of Expert Witnesses.

In 1999, Peter, together with his wife, Barbara Leal, a fellow jewellery appraiser, co-founded JEMS (Jewellery Evaluation & Mediation Services). Peter is proud to maintain that no job is too big or too small and the JEMS private client database comprises people from all walks of life, as well as boasting the rich and the famous, including celebrities of stage and screen, together with models, pop stars, affluent city bankers and brokers, politicians and other eminent public figures.

Whilst the majority of Peter’s activities involve working in the UK, he is often commissioned to undertake various high net worth assignments overseas and these have included noteworthy valuations of important jewellery collections and gems in America and Europe, as well as the Middle East and Far East.

His ‘jewel in the crown’ is that in 2007 he was commissioned by an overseas client to undertake THE VALUATION OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST ‘PERFECT’ DIAMONDS, weighing in at well over 200 carats (the average size of a gent’s sports wristwatch) and being of the very finest colour and clarity (D/IF). Obviously, the valuation itself is strictly confidential and the owner of the diamond does not wish its value to become public knowledge, however, he is happy for Peter to disclose that it was many tens of millions of US dollars.

Peter and Barbara have completed valuations on an impressive number of important comprehensive jewellery collections belonging to celebrated clients, both in the UK and overseas.  Some of these collections have totalled several GB£million sterling, respectively.  One noteworthy collection, belonging to a Middle Eastern royal family member, comprised approximately 150 unique pieces, the total value of which exceeded US$250million.

On a more personal note, Peter enjoys the Freedom of the City of London, is currently a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arts & Scholars and has recently applied to become a Liveryman.

▼ Biographical Details ▼
1963 Employed by renowned London jewellers, silversmiths & pawn brokers, as a trainee valuer and junior assistant
1965 Joined prestigious Mayfair jewellers progressing eventually to the post of manager
Studied at Sir John Cass College, London for Gemmological Association of Great Britain’s FGA Preliminary Examination in Gemmology
Opened own retail shop in Cambridge specialising in antique and second-hand jewellery/silverware and providing a valuation service for private clients and local lawyers
Opened additional retail shop in Cambridge specialising in small antiques and objects of art
Elected National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) Registered Valuer
Invited to join National Association of Goldsmiths Valuations Committee
Elected Vice-Chairman NAG Valuations Committee
Guest participant in intensive three-day Master Gemologist Appraiser (MGA) Programme in Tucson, Arizona, USA, passing the Theory Section in Valuation Science & Methodology
Elected Chairman National Association of Goldsmiths Valuations Committee
Attended Genesis 9x month intensive Gemmological Course (FGA Diploma+) at Epsom, Surrey
Disposed of retail interests and established Peter R Buckie & Associates, Independent Consultant Valuers with premises in London and Cambridge and providing valuations for private clients, the high end jewellery trade and auction houses
Co-Founder of and Consultant to VALUGEMä independent valuers and claim validators to the insurance industry, innovators of specialist documents, stationery, valuation systems and various aids for the professional jewellery appraiser and allied trades
Co-Founder & Lecturer in the highly acclaimed APPRAISAL 2000ä Master Class Programme
Diamond Grading & Identification Diploma, Hoge Raad Voor Diamant (HRD), Antwerp, Belgium
Gemological Institute of America (GIA) certificates of attendance in Advanced Diamond Grading and Detecting Synthetic Diamonds and Synthetic Moissanite extension classes
Co-Founder, President & Chairman of JEMS (Jewellery Evaluation & Mediation Services), an independent consultancy of specialist professional appraisers operating both nationally & internationally. JEMS provides confidential, comprehensive independent services to the highest standards of excellence and ethics for private clients, law firms, accountants & financial institutions, specialist agencies, government departments, HM Revenue & Customs, the insurance industry, auction houses & selected high-end retailers
Gemological Institute of America (GIA) certificate of completion in Pearl Grading extension class
First recipient of the NAJ Institute of Registered Valuers David Wilkins ‘Valuer of the Year’ Award
2012 Commissioned to be the principal contributor to the NAJ/IRV Certificate of Appraisal Theory (CAT) educational programme for aspiring valuers
2018 Admitted as a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars
2019 Awarded the Freedom of the City of London
2019 Application to convert to the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars Livery
Former consultant jewellery & silver valuer to Garrard, the Crown Jeweller, London
Former consultant jewellery valuer to Asprey London
Former consultant jewellery valuer to Christie’s Auctioneers, London
Former consultant jewellery & silver valuer & cataloguer to Phillips Auctioneers, Sevenoaks
Former Vice-President of the UK Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Alumni & Associates
Consultant jewellery valuer to Cheffins Auctioneers, Cambridge
Officially appointed jewellery, gems, diamond & watch valuer to HM Revenue & Customs at Heathrow Airport
Former Fellow of the NAG Institute of Registered Valuers (resigned 31-12-2019)
Fellow of the Jewellery Valuers Association (JVA)
Member of the Scottish Gemmological Association
Member of the Genesis Graduate Gemmologist Group
Member of the Society of Jewellery Historians
Member of the Jewellery, Plate & Horologist Group
Member of the Society of Expert Witnesses
Lecturer and Guest Speaker on various topics in relation to appraisal techniques and jewellery related subjects, including repeated presentations & workshops at the IRV annual Valuers Conference at Loughborough University
Many certificates of attendance awarded for participation in numerous seminars, classes, courses and conferences worldwide covering various subjects relevant to and allied with the gemmological, jewellery and silverware industry
Regular attendee at the annual AGTA Gem & Jewellery Trade Fair in Tucson, Arizona, USA