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Barry S. Block,
G.G., C.S.M.-N.A.J.A., A.S.A.

Master Gemologist Appraiser®
Accredited Senior Gemologist - A.G.A.
Registered Master Valuer #1051402
Founder and President of the Jewelry Judge Network of Professional Jewelry Appraisers

email: Barry Block


320 Old Country Road Suite 103
Garden City, NY 11530
phone: 516-248-8130
fax: 516-248-5477


Hours: By Appointment Only Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5.

Summary of Qualifications

Barry S. Block is a highly respected, award winning member of the jewelry industry who has been actively involved since 1967. As President of The Jewelry Judge, New York, with offices and gemological laboratory at 320 Old Country Rd., in Garden City, NY, he is currently a full time Gems and Jewelry Appraiser. Barry opened the first U.S. based Jewelry Judge in Long Island, New York in 1988. His appraisal practice has grown to be one of the most successful Independent Appraisal Offices in the U.S. and today is the model for "The Jewelry Judge" licensing program.

Barry had a concept of establishing Jewelry Judge Appraisal Centers throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 1999, this concept became a reality Barry owns and operates the daily workings of the Jewelry Judge licensee program, which today numbers 13 Jewelry Judge offices located in the U.S. and Canada, a number that continues to grow. This business has created an innovative network of elite jewelry appraisal professionals in the United States and Canada all providing appraisals under the Jewelry Judge name.

Barry's gemological education has earned him the Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America. His appraisal education has earned him Senior Appraiser Status from the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, and Accredited Senior Member status from the American Society of Appraisers. These, coupled with the required advanced gemological and appraisal training have earned him the title of Master Gemologist Appraiser®. He is the first person to hold this title in the State of New York. With offices and gemological laboratory in Garden City, N.Y., his office is the Jewelry Judge Licensing programs International headquarters and training center.

He has been retained on numerous occasions as an expert witness by the Nassau County District Attorney's office, as well as by many other attorneys, to appraise jewelry for the purpose of determining the value for prosecution or defense, determination of value for State and Federal inheritance taxes and equitable distribution in the matter of divorce.

Professional Associations and Affiliations:
  • Certified Senior Member, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) since 1992
  • Accredited Senior Member, American Society of Appraisers; "Master Gemologist Appraiser", 1993-
  • Past President of the Long Island Chapter #72, American Society of Appraisers 1996-1997
  • President, Long Island Chapter of the Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association 2002-2004
  • Auxiliary Club Representative and Board Member of Consolidated Jewelers Association 1991-
  • Past Board Member of "The Gift of Life," Rotary District 7250
  • Past Board Member of the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club; Recipient of "Paul Harris Fellow" Award
  • Member of The New York State Jewelers Association and Jewelers of America
  • Active Member of The Jewelers Vigilant Committee and Better Business Bureau
  • Registered Master Valuer #1051402
  • Member of American Gem Trade Association, The Jewelry Judge.
  • Accredited Senior Gemologist of The Accredited Gemologists Association



Directions to our Garden City location

The Jewelry Judge is located just a few minutes walk from the Long Island Railroad, Mineola station. From the station, walk south to Old Country Rd. and cross across the street to walk east (left turn), on the south side of Old Country Rd. You'll pass the Court House area, which ends at Washington Ave. Cross across Washington Ave. Our building is the third, #320. If you're walking on a Saturday, entry is in the rear.

From Manhattan and Points North:
Take the Grand Central Parkway east to Long Island (The Triboro Bridge exits onto the Grand Central, or take the Long Island Expressway to the Grand Central Parkway). Grand Central turns into the Northern State Parkway (you may or may not see the change... don't worry, it just happens!). Stay on the Northern State Parkway and take it to the Meadowbrook Parkway South, exit 31 (the only way you can travel on the Meadowbrook). Exit the Meadowbrook at the first exit, exit #M1 WEST (Old Country Rd.). After making your right turn onto Old Country Rd., you'll pass Roosevelt Field (a large shopping center), then you'll pass Glen Cove Rd. (a large intersection, also called Clinton Ave). After passing Glen Cove Rd., count the traffic lights. At the 6th light, make a left turn on to Washington Ave. and then another left turn into the large parking lot. That's our parking lot. Our building is the second building, #320. Park against the building... we're in suite 103. Please note: There is no elevator in this building.

From Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey and points South:
Take the Belt Parkway (reachable from the Verazano Narrows Bridge) to the Southern State Parkway east. Take the Southern State Parkway to the Meadowbrook Parkway North. Exit the Meadowbrook exit #M1 WEST (Old Country Rd.). After making your left turn onto Old Country Rd., you'll pass Roosevelt Field (a large shopping center), then you'll pass Glen Cove Rd. (a large intersection, also called Clinton Ave). After passing Glen Cove Rd., count the traffic lights. At the 6th light, make a left turn on to Washington Ave. and then another left turn into the large parking lot. That's our parking lot. Our building is the second building, #320. Park against the building... we're in suite 103. Please note: There is no elevator in this building.

From North Eastern Long Island:
Take the Long Island Express way to exit #42, where you'll cross over to the Northern State Parkway. Stay on the Northern State Parkway and take it to the Meadowbrook Parkway South, exit 31 (the only way you can travel on the Meadowbrook). Exit the Meadowbrook at the first exit, exit #M1 WEST (Old Country Rd.). After making your right turn onto Old Country Rd., you'll pass Roosevelt Field (a large shopping center), then you'll pass Glen Cove Rd. (a large intersection, also called Clinton Ave). After passing Glen Cove Rd., count the traffic lights. At the 6th light, make a left turn on to Washington Ave. and then another left turn into the large parking lot. That's our parking lot. Our building is the second building, #320. Park against the building... we're in suite 103. Please note: There is no elevator in this building.

From South Eastern Long Island:
Take either Sunrise Highway or Montauk Highway to the Southern State Parkway East. Take the Southern State Parkway to the Meadowbrook Parkway North. Exit the Meadowbrook exit #M1 WEST (Old Country Rd.). After making your left turn onto Old Country Rd., you'll pass Roosevelt Field (a large shopping center), then you'll pass Glen Cove Rd. (a large intersection, also called Clinton Ave). After passing Glen Cove Rd., count the traffic lights. At the 6th light, make a left turn on to Washington Ave. and then another left turn into the large parking lot. That's our parking lot. Our building is the second building, #320. Park against the building... we're in suite 103. Please note: There is no elevator in this building.