Katy M. Clites, Owner & Founder
Graduate Gemologist, GIA


Nothing gratifies us more than pleasing customers like you. Here are a few kind words our customers had to say about us. We always welcome the chance to showcase satisfied customers. If you would like to share your experience with us - we would love to hear from you!

Katy is always the ultimate professional when in my store. She bonds well with client and sales staff.

Robin (Store Manager) Annapolis, MD

Katy is extremely professional, personable & accurate. It's a pleasure working with such a fine individual. In my 25 yrs in business I have never met someone as devoted and honest.

Shirley (sales associate) Annapolis, MD

IJA has been a wonderful asset to our jewelry business! Their appraisals are done in a timely and professional manner. Highly recommend their services!

Amanda & Laura, Maejean Vintage

Thanks to Katy for a very professional and quick appraisal of my engagement ring and wedding band!! Katy's appraisal was detailed and included all of the information I would need to replace my ring if needed. She included a high quality photo (multiple angles of my rings) in the appraisal which is very important if a replacement is ever needed. Katy is GIA certified which is critical for a true, accurate appraisal of my jewelry. Her prices were also VERY reasonable. While I never want to need to replace my ring, I feel safer now knowing that I could at least replace it based on the accuracy and details from your appraisal. Thanks Katy!

Dr. Kristen Lewald

Independent Jewelry Appraiser company delivers the most consistant ultimate customer experience and top knotch product. Many appraisers have knowledge and fail in communication. IJA provides the knowledge, experience at an unmatched value.

Matt, (Regional Manger) PA, MD,DE.VA.GA

As a bench jeweler for 30+ years its' fun to listen to Katy explain the mechanics of a piece to a customer. Because of her jewelry repair background she is confident in evaluating custom VS. mass produced pieces. "She Get's It"

John (bench Jeweler) PA

Thank-you Katy! Our insurance company has been on our back for an insurance appraisal on our engagement ring and wedding bands. You made it simple, quick, and thorough. Our insurance company thanks you too.

Melissa and Stan, D.C

Not knowing who to trust with my engagement ring. Having you appraise my ring right in front of me was a releif.

Yen, Richmond VA

I highly recommend Independent Jewelry Appraisers. Katy is honest, fair and easy to work with.

Christie Hellwig , BelAir Md

I've gained more in working with Katy for just a few hours than I have during three month classes taken elswhere! Katy's expertise is unparalleled, and yet she is able to mentor in a way that is down-to-earth and easy to understand, even for beginners. I've worked with her on several occasions to learn more about gem identification and pricing, as well as tactics for a successful jewelry business, and I've consistently walked away more confident and better equipped to run my business. In the jewelry sphere, where relationships and contacts can be difficult to make, Katy has remained a friendly, knowledgeable and wonderful teacher.

Stacey Kennealy

I had the pleasure of meeting Katy my very first year working full time in jewelry retail. I was 22 and had absolutely zero experience in the field. I would equate my first few months in sales to watching a baby deer try to walk on ice. Every time Katy would come to our store she would pull me aside and teach me something new. Her passion for her trade was so inspiring. I found myself genuinely looking forward to her visits over the years and making frequent calls to her with appraisal questions. I have worked with Katy for 6 years now, in three different store locations in two states. She has encouraged and mentored me from across the country. Whether I had questions about custom jewelry pieces or just needed guidance through my GIA courses, Katy has been there every step. In a business where your knowledge and drive separate you, Katy truly shines as one of the most knowledgeable, professional and passionate people I have met. She really loves what she does and it shows in how she treats her clients and the people she works with. I am blessed to have met her.

Angelica Emery , Florida

Much appreciated!! I misplaced my ring a few weeks ago- did not find it for about a month- so this prompted me to get it reappraised. Thanks again!

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