Jerry Forrest, President began his career in the jewelry industry in 1971 where he attended the jewelry school at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. His curriculum included jewelry repair, stone setting, fabrication, casting, wax carving, engraving, mold making and watch repair. In 1972 Jerry accepted a position as shop foreman with McCartney Company in Dallas, Texas where he began manufacturing fraternity and sorority jewelry. While at McCartney Company he decided to advance his jewelry knowledge by studying gemology and started his coursework with the Gemological Institute of America. He completed GIA's courses in Diamonds, Diamond Grading, Colored Stones and Gem Identification and upon completion of his test in each course was awarded his Graduate Gemologist Diploma.
After five years with McCartney Company, Jerry opened The Jewelry Forrest and began his career in custom jewelry design. While serving as President of The Jewelry Forrest, Jerry became a Registered Jeweler, Certified Gemologist and Certified Gemologist Appraiser through the American Gem Society. In 1992 Jerry became a member of the International Society of Appraisers and upon completion of the required course work and testing, he was awarded the title of Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (CAPP) in 1996. Jerry closed The Jewelry Forrest in December, 2008 and opened Jerry Forrest, GG, LLC in January, 2009.
Jerry's knowledge of the jewelry industry is continually updated through his required AGS and ISA continuing education courses and testing.