A reputation built on quality and independence

Previously to the 1980s, Australian Jewellery stores would almost exclusively use in-house valuers to determine their buying, selling and trading deals. But as the industry grew, so too did the demands of customers.

It became clear that customers were looking for more assurance and confidence – and retailers were looking for ways to provide it. So, in 1985, we founded the Valuation Centre of Australia and began working alongside Australian jewellery retailers as an independent valuation service.

In the decades that followed, VCA became synonymous with valuation integrity and is now the largest independent jewellery valuation service in the country, supporting more than 350 retail jewellery stores.

In recent years, our service has grown even further to include insurance policies supported by QBE and our quarterly Australian Jewellery Index, which has become a trusted price guide of the Australian and international jewellery markets.

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Great service backed by experience

The Valuation Centre of Australia comprises a highly professional team of gemologists and valuers headed by Mr Terence Mitchell.

CEO – Mr Terence Mitchell (FGA), DD (GIA)

Terence is internationally qualified and holds exclusive memberships in Australia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. In his 47 years in the trade, he has had exposure to rough and cut diamonds and coloured stones as a government consultant gemologist, held the position of precious stone buyer throughout Asia, Israel and Europe for one of De Beers’ major brokers, and gathered antique and fine jewellery experience through some of the leading auction houses. But his gemological experience is just the beginning. He’s also had first-hand exposure to a variety of gems beyond our shores, has managed a manufacturing business for handmade and cast jewellery, holds historical knowledge on the development of jewellery pieces and a sound understanding of international pricing.

Below is a comprehensive account of Terence’s qualifications and memberships:

  • Fellow of Gemological Association of Great Britain
  • Diamond grading – Gemological Institute of America
  • Sworn appraiser to High Court of Rhodesia
  • Consultant gemologist to Rhodesian Government – liaison officer with South African IDB squad
  • Australian CEO for Bonas & Co. (De Beers – rough diamond sight holder)
  • Australian CEO for Backes & Strauss (cut diamonds and coloured stones purchase – London)
  • Past president of The National Council of Jewellery Valuers (NCJV)
  • Board member of Australian Association of Jewellery Valuers (AAJV)

Our Team

  • Mr Terence Mitchell

    (FGA), DD (GIA) CEO
  • Kerrilie Campbell

    FGAA Valuer
  • Masis Agopyan

    FGAA Valuer
  • Mark Mitchell

    FGA FGAA Valuer
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We are members of the following organisations

Our valuers hold qualifications from the following organisations

Our Services

  • Valuations

    Valued by one source

    With our highly qualified team and state-of-the-art equipment, we’ve built a reputation for providing the highest quality service and valuations time and time again.

  • Insurance

    Insurance you can bank on

    As an additional extra to our valuations, we also offer insurance policies to cover your precious pieces no matter where they go in the world.

  • Industry

    We’re trusted by the industry

    Many jewellery stores wish to give their customers the added security of an independent valuation. This is where VCA can act as a third party and provide this service either on premises or off-site.