Don Palmieri a 1971 graduate in residence of the Gemological Institute of America Santa Monica CA and a decorated Vietnam Veteran has been under contract with national and international government and law enforcement agencies as a consultant appraiser mediator and forensic expert witness. His expertise is frequently sought by museums insurance companies the jewelry trade law and accounting firms and individuals. A court-appointed Chapter 11 Trustee and member of the National Forensic Center Mr. Palmieri has been called upon to testify as an expert witness in major court cases throughout the United States and abroad.
Palmieri has been interviewed for The Wall Street Journal Consumer Reports Barron's Money Magazine The Straight Times and others. As a consumer advocate and expert in the evaluation of diamonds and gemstones he makes frequent appearances on national and local television shows and radio programs. He also lectures at trade shows appraisal conferences museums and professional group meetings.
In addition to his Graduate Gemologist (GIA) degree Palmieri holds a Senior Member Master Gemologist Appraiser® designation with the American Society of Appraisers. He's been on staff as a Research Associate with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Earth Sciences division since 1983 and taught consumer education classes in gemology gem sciences and jewelry for the Carnegie Museum's Education Division from 1986-1999.