Dominic Spadea ’73 has created the first, one of its kind, interactive jewelry information app for both consumers and jewelry professionals.
After a lifetime of experience in the jewelry business, and two years in the making, Spadea has unveiled this innovative app for the iPad, which sells for $2.99 in the App Store.
“The jewelry business is such an unknown commodity,” according to Spadea, “yet consumers make buying decisions for millions of dollars a day in purchases, doing so at the mercy of the salesperson. I also recognized a need to enhance the knowledge of jewelry professionals, enabling them to service their clients properly.”
Here’s what the app has to offer:
- A comprehensive library of information is designed to give you pertinent information about the many facets of the jewelry business written from the point of view of “the other side of the counter.”
- Articles are written in non-technical, easy to understand language, and are rated based on the shopping experience of the customer, whether it’s a novice, moderate, or power shopper.
- Web shop right from the app with eight of the top 10 jewelry websites or enter your zip code for your local jewelers.
- Calculate the worth of your broken or scrap gold, before you go to sell it.
- Find a qualified jewelry appraiser in your area.
- Calculate what you should pay for a diamond.
- Sell your jewelry online.
The app benefits from Spadea’s 50 years of experience in every facet of the jewelry business.
Spadea has been active in the jewelry business since age 15, working his way through IUP. He graduated from IUP in 1973 with a degree in business management. In 1981, he received his gemologist diploma from the Gemological Institute of America and furthered his studies by becoming a graduate gemologist.
“I believe my education at IUP provided an excellent foundation for the success that I have attained in my professional career,” said Spadea.
After managing stores for two different major jewelry retailers, he purchased a jewelry store in Millersville with his brothers in 1979, and in 1994, he founded Certified Jewelry Appraisals. After building it into one of the largest mobile jewelry appraisal companies, he sold it and established Certified Gemological Information, a full-service jewelry information company. In his travels and throughout his career, Spadea has done more than 50,000 jewelry appraisals.
He lives in Millersville and is treasurer of the American Heroes Charitable Foundation.