Elizabeth Simpson

Jewelry Expert, Gemologist and Fine Jewelry Appraiser

Elizabeth Simpson


GIA Alumni Association
Women’s Jewelry Association
International Gem Society – Gold Member
eWomen Network
Oregon Entrepreneurial Network

EMS Estates LLC BBB Business Review

My Story

I founded EMS Estates because I’ve been in your shoes! Years ago, I decided to sell my jewelry to help pay for tuition, but I didn’t know what it was worth or how to market it. I had no idea how jewelry appraisals worked. The scariest part was I had no way of knowing whether I was being taken advantage of. As a result, my mission became clear:

I believe everyone deserves access to the information needed to make smart decisions about their jewelry.

My Education and Experience

As a child, I was enthralled by gemstones and jewelry. When I visited my grandmother, I’d run straight to her jewelry drawer. She’d take me to lunch at the soda fountain, decked out in her costume jewelry and feeling like a queen. Jewelry has always made me feel special, and while I’ve never lost that passion, I originally chose a very different career path.

Before becoming a gemologist, I had a long career in high-tech consulting. I earned my MBA and spent over 15 years as a trusted advisor to executives all over the world.

When I left the consulting world to pursue my dream of becoming a gemologist, I trained with the best in the world, the Gemological Institute of America. At the GIA, I earned the industry’s most prestigious credential as a Graduate Gemologist. My degree certifies my ability to identify, evaluate, and grade diamonds and other gemstones, a technical skill that is the foundation for accurate jewelry appraisals.

With EMS Estates and The Jeweled Crescent, my dreams have come true. I thank my clients for the opportunity to serve them and live my purpose. I’m ready to put my passion and expertise for jewelry appraisals and consignment to work for you.