PJA is owned and operated by Joshua Hyman, a GIA Graduate Gemologist (1992) & 4th generation Philadelphian Jeweler. Joshua’s great grandfather, Ruben Littman, was known as a “curb merchant” during the depression, buying and selling precious metals door to door in South Philadelphia. He grandparents, Marshall & Pearl Littman owned a jewelry manufacturing business from 1950 to 1986 then they passed it onto Joshua’s parents, Martin & Francine Hyman. Joshua’s brother, uncle, cousin and great aunt all worked in the jewelry business. Since graduation as a Gemologist he has been appraising jewelry for people all over the world. Valuing people’s treasures is his passion. He has completed over 6,000 appraisals in over 25 years.
PJA is a professional jewelry appraising office and laboratory located on the 2nd floor above Jeweler’s Row (Sansom Street) in Center City, Philadelphia. We have standard and advanced testing equipment on our premises. Whether you want to insure, sell or just learn everything about your treasures we have the tools and experience to complete the task.