English Jewellery Valuer Scoops Prestigious International Valuer’s Award

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Windsor-based Jewellery Valuer, Shirley Mitchell, was named “Valuer of the Year 2013” by the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers at an award ceremony in Scotland.

Shirley Mitchell receiving the Valuer of the Year Award from the AIJV's co-ordinator, Adrian Smith

Shirley's selfless approach and seemingly boundless energy over the last three years makes her an extremely worthy winner of the AIJV’s top award.

This prestigious prize saw competition from over 50 jewellery Valuers from 10 countries and is intended to recognise one Valuer who, above all others, has “Demonstrated the greatest commitment to the AIJV's ethos of sharing and helping their fellow Valuers, supporting the objectives of the AIJV and having made a valuable contribution to the profession as a whole”.

Since Shirley Mitchell's business became an AIJV member in 2010 she has dedicated herself to not only continuing to develop her own business but assisting in the growth of other AIJV members’ businesses too. Very often this has taken the form of physically visiting another member and assisting in promotional activities for a business that could reasonably be considered to be her competition.

At an Award Ceremony hosted by the Scottish Gemmological Association, Co-ordinator for the AIJV, Adrian Smith, said “Shirley's selfless approach and seemingly boundless energy over the last three years makes her an extremely worthy winner of the AIJV’s top award.”

On commenting on her award, Shirley Mitchell said, "I am immensely proud to receive this award from the AIJV and would like to thank the rest of the members for all their wonderful contributions to my experience over the years. I feel privileged to be part of such a fascinating profession; I really do have the best job in the world!"

Shirley Mitchell received a faceted lead-crystal trophy and a framed award produced by the Heraldic Artist for the Lord Lyon of Scotland. A page on the AIJV Awards website has been dedicated to this year’s winner: http://www.aijvawards.org/val2013.html

The 2014 award ceremony will be held at the Tucson Gem Show.

About AIJV, Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers:

The AIJV is an international association dedicated to promoting truly Independent Jewellery Appraisers and Valuers who do not buy or sell jewellery, gemstones or diamonds. Based in Scotland, the association has representation in ten countries worldwide and provides a business development platform on a peer-to-peer basis. Established in 2010, the AIJV has steadily grown in this very niche area of the profession and now boasts some of the world's most respected jewellery valuation practices as members.

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