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Judith S. Anderson
President of Bijoux Extraordinaire, Ltd.

Judi began her gemological career at the young age of 13 when she won First Prize for a science fair exhibit on Crystallography.   The budding young gemologist continued her studies in the sciences (math, biology, physics) and the arts at Brandeis University and the University of New Hampshire, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Liberal Arts and a Major in Zoology.


Throughout those formative high school and college years, she studied the sciences while complementing her formal education with art courses in photography, drawing, ceramics and graphic arts.   Upon graduation, Judi attended the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, California and graduated at the head of her class with a diploma of Graduate Gemologist in residence.


Photograph of Judi the gemologist. As a member of the American Gem Society (AGS), Judi continued her studies in the fields of gemology and appraising and was awarded the Society's highest title, Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA).   Judi has also completed extensive training in appraisal methodology with the International Society of Appraisers and has earned the highest title, Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (C.A.P.P.).

Judi's speaking engagements include numerous workshops in gemology and estate jewelry at Notre Dame College, Hesser College and  Bijoux University.  As well as lectures for local organizations such as the American Business Woman's Association, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, NH Woman's Forum, and various local gemstone and mineral clubs.   She has also appeared on "The Good Day Show" with Tom Cottle (Channel 5, WCVB TV-Boston) and worked with investigative reporters at Channel 7 (WHDH, Boston) to uncover shenanigans in the jewelry trade.

As President of Bijoux Extraordinaire, Judi has been active in the many community organizations and charities:  including, Queen City Rotary, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Child & Family Services of NH, Downtown Business Council, Manchester YMCA S.T.A.Y. Committee, Manchester Leadership Class of 1990.   She has served as President of the New England Guild for the American Gem Society, as well as the NH State Chairperson for the AGS Membership Committee and on the AGS appraisal committee.


Judi brings to Bijoux Extraordinaire a sophisticated, artistic and creative approach, as well as a strong scientific background.   With these two complementing backgrounds, she offers her clients exciting  custom designed jewelry  ideas,  accurate and analytical appraisal services, and guidance throughout the purchasing process. Custom created ring by Judi Anderson.

Judi is a nationally recognized expert, instructor and advocate of jewelry consumer awareness.   She is a professionally trained gemologist and appraiser of fine jewelry,  with over 25 years of experience in the retail,  wholesale,  manufacturing and design phases of the jewelry business.   Her credentials and history of training include:

  • Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA)
  • Gemological Institute of America Graduate Gemologist (GG)
  • Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA)
  • Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (CAPP)
  • Certified Member, International Society of Appraisers (ISA)
  • Member of Jewelers of America (JA)
  • Advocate for jewelry consumer awareness and education
  • Lecturer on gemology, diamonds and jewelry
  • President of Bijoux Extraordinaire, Ltd. and Certified Gems
If you have any questions,  suggestions or comments for Judi,
she can be reached at  judi@jewelryexpert.com.




Arthur Anderson,  CEO - Antique and Estate Jewelry Specialist


Krementz Art Nouveau brooch of serene woman and clover. (J9090) My interest in estate jewelry began at the young age of 10 when I first came across a pair of antique cufflinks in a thrift shop off of Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland.  Several months later a pair of lucite cufflinks with encased palm trees and sea horses arrived in a box of odd and ends from my grandfather
in Florida.  From such humble beginnings my passion for antique cufflinks only grew.

Through my years in college (Brown University) and while pursuing a career in finance (as an actuary) my interest expanded to all forms of antique and estate jewelry.  Although I focus on the beautiful jewels created during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States and Europe, I am fascinated with jewelry from all periods and regions.  A sampling of estate pieces currently available can be found in the Antique and Estate Jewelry Gallery and the Antique Cufflinks Gallery.

Antique 14kt yellow gold and blue enamel Larter cufflinks. (J8980)

If you share my passion for antique cufflinks and estate jewels,
please also visit the Antique and Estate Cufflink blog.




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The Bijoux Story
Comments from Clients
Bijoux in the News
Jewelry Organizations
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