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Expert in Valuation Testing Identification Analysis of Diamonds, Gemstones Jewellery & Silver Watches

Expert ID: 727684 United Kingdom

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2009-2013 Expert has recently successfully completed a PhD research project funded by The University of St Andrews and The Diamond Light source the UK's national synchrotron facility. The research involved the development of new spectroscopic techniques for use within the fields of mineralogy petrology and gemmology. The research that was completed as a sabbatical in the middle of Expert's successful career in the diamond and gemstone industries. The research has led to a number of successful publications and conference presentations and establishes Expert as one of the leading experts in the industry.

Expert was the founder and CEO of the UK's largest jewellery valuation company until he completed the sale of the company to the Birmingham Assay office in 2005. He has held directorships in many companies operating within the jewellery and gemstone industry including retail, manufacturing and design and the service sectors of the jewellery industry.

ExpertTaylor successfully founded and ran an international group of diamond and gemstone laboratories. He has held directorships in many companies operating within the jewellery and gemstone industry including retail, manufacturing and design and the service sectors of the jewellery industry.

Expert advised a client who was left with a considerable value of gemstones that had been used as security on a financial transaction. Expert advised on value and gave expert evidence in the proceeding to take possession of the property. He then arranged the sale of the items to a number of international buyers including facilitating all the excise issues arising. Expert was instructed by an international insurer to investigate the trading prior to and the circumstances of a robbery at a major wholesale jeweller. The conclusion was that Expert discovered a number of suspicious transaction in the period prior to the robbery and also that the insured had been in breach of a number of condition precedent of the terms of the insurance policy. The outcome saved the insurer many millions of pounds. Expert was instructed to investigate the trading and circumstances prior to a robbery at a major diamond cutter. The results of the investigation was the discovery of a number of accounting irregularities within the claim and a subsequent significant reduction in the claim Expert was instructed by an international bank to investigate a claim arising from a safety deposit loss. The investigation discovered evidence of an inflated claim that resulted in a claim reduction of 75%.Expert was instructed by a member of the Saudi Arabia Royal family to investigate the sale on an important jewel. The outcome of the investigation allowed a negotiated settlement to be achieved in the dispute.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2013 Degree: PhD Subject: Mineral Physics Institution: The University of St. Andrews
Year: 2009 Degree: BSc Honours Subject: Gemmology and Applied Mineralogy Institution: Kingston University London

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1987 to 2005 Employer: Safeguard Quality Assurance Ltd. Title: Managing Director Department: Valuations Responsibilities: Expert was the founder and CEO of the company. Responsible for all aspects of the company
Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: Jewells by design Title: Managing Director Department: jewellery design and manufacturing Responsibilities: Expert responsible for company strategy
Years: 1992 to 2003 Employer: Goldenco Title: Managing director Department: Jewellery repair workshops Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for company strategy
Years: 1987 to 2008 Employer: Patch's Ltd Title: Managing director Department: Retail Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for strategic policy and performance
Years: 1985 to 1987 Employer: Platnauer group Ltd Title: general manager Department: Kartel jewellery manufacturing Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for all aspects of production
Years: 1982 to 1986 Employer: Goldsmiths Group Title: General manager Department: Retail Responsibilities: Retail sales performance

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2000 to 2012 Agency: West Midlands Police Role: Expert witness Description: Expert has worked with a number of agencies within the West Midlands police force on identification valuation and asset recovery
Years: 2011 to 2012 Agency: Lancashire Trading Standards Role: Expert Description: Expert has advised and given evidence on trading standards complaints

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: Brazil Summary: Investigation into diamond theft
Years: 1997 to 1997 Country / Region: Sierra leone Summary: Employed by government to value 200ct rough diamond
Years: 2003 to 2003 Country / Region: USA Summary: Oversee commissioning of new gemmological laboratory
Years: 2002 to 2002 Country / Region: USA Summary: Manage and oversee new sales and marketing strategy for valuation company

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
MIOP Member of the institute of physics
FGS Fellow of the geological society of GB
MIOM Member of the institute of materials
Member of the Scottish Gemmological Association
FNAG Fellow of the National Association of Goldsmiths
member of The Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
member of the The Mineralogical Society of America
MAE Practising member of the Academy of experts
Licenses / Certifications
FGA Fellow of the Gemmological Association of GB
DGA Diamond grading diploma of the Gemmological Association of GB
RJ dip The retail jewellers diploma of the National Association of Goldsmiths
FHEA fellow of the higher education academy
FIRV Fellow of the institute of registered valuers
Publications and Patents Summary
ExpertTaylor has 8 publications and abstracts

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has been acting as an expert witness for over 25 years. Expert has been instructed in both civil, criminal, and trading standards cases. Expert regularly receives instructions from both prosecution and defence.
Training / Seminars
Expert has given a number of guest lectures at Kingston and Birmingham Universities in the last three years
Expert has presented his research at the GIA conference 2011
Expert has presented at the National Association of goldsmiths conference

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