Here are the specific types of appraisals we perform.
Insurance Replacement Appraisals: These are written appraisals required by your insurance company to provide their underwriters with an accurate description (including identity, condition, and value) of your customers jewelry property for monetary coverage in the event they are lost, stolen, or damaged.
On Estate and Antique jewelry, we will provide a provenance or history of the ring that will be included in the body of the appraisal. So that when you choose to pass it on, and to whom, the recipient will know who in the family owned the ring before them, and the importance in which it as held.
Fair Market Appraisals: These are required primarily by the courts for estate or divorce settlement purposes. However, they are also appropriate for customers wishing to know what they should charge for their property if they were to put it up for sale offering it to another member of the public.
Liquidation Appraisals: Individuals, banks, estates, among others may need a liquidation value appraisal in order to know what the immediate and reasonable cash value of the items they possess are worth. We have over 25 years of experience specializing in liquidation value appraisals for jewelry stores, institutions and individuals.
Retail Pricing Appraisals: Designed for the retail jeweler to assist them by providing an accurate identification, quality ranking, and a market researched value they can use for retail pricing purposes. For example, in the case of a period piece of antique jewelry, we will identify the item, the period style, who made it (if possible), when it was made, the quality, condition, needed repairs if required, and a researched value that will assist you in fairly pricing it for sale in your market.
No Charge Offer to Purchase:
If you are interested in selling your jewelry, silver or other items to us. There is no charge or obligation if you wish to receive our offer.
No Charge Consultations:
There is no charge or obligation if you wish to meet and consult with us to see if your property is valuable enough to merit a written appraisal. After viewing your property, we can give you a firm estimate for your consideration of our appraisal fee.
Appraisals While You Wait:
We offer an appraisal while you wait service. Your jewelry is appraised in your presence. It is advisable to set aside two to three hours of your time per item while the appraisal is performed. Appointments must be made a week in advance so we can set aside suitable time for the appraisal process.
Your appraisal includes a complete bound and written quality analysis and valuation of your gemstones and jewelry. It also includes a narrative mapping of the major gemstone, plus digital photographs, document binding, and 1 electronic PDF copy of the appraisal document emailed both to you and your insurance company.
There is a $300.00 minimum charge plus $125.00 each for any additional items:
Drop Off Appraisals For Later Pickup:
Please set aside 30 minutes for the take-in. We let you view your diamond or colored stone under the microscope and write down any major identifying features. You get a copy of this. Upon pick-up, we again put your gemstone under the microscope for you to view; and go through it with you so that you are reassured you are receiving the same property back. The following pricing applies.
$125.00 (appraisal minimum) includes complete bound and written quality analysis and valuation of your gemstones and jewelry. It also includes a narrative mapping of the major gemstone, plus digital photographs, document binding, and 1 electronic PDF copy of the appraisal document emailed both to you and your insurance company.
Additional charges that may apply in certain cases:
$60.00 for each additional diamond in a ring over 0.18 ct. and/or side colored gemstones that may require extensive verification and written description because of size and value. (e.g. some rubies and emeralds, Yogo, Kashmir and Burmese sapphires). Appraiser will advise at time of the appraisal if additional gemstone charges might apply.
Some rings have a number of small diamond accents. When these exceed four in number, there is an additional charge of $5.00 per gemstone for measuring, grading and valuing each piece.
Some cluster rings and tennis bracelets may be subject to higher charges due to complexity and variation in sizes and qualities of the gemstones in the same piece. We are happy to provide you a quote for your consideration in advance of any work.
FAIR MARKET VALUE APPRAISALS which are for estate, divorce, or private sale purposes have an additional 50% to 60% surcharge added to the total. In order to comply with the requirements of the courts and the IRS, we are required to supply additional market analysis and documentation covering the range of values in the secondary markets for previously owned jewelry or silver which are not necessary or appropriate for insurance appraisals. In short, we have to spend more time on these appraisals. If you have any question regarding this, please feel free to call for a more detailed explanation that may help you understand and appreciate the difference.
Fair market Value Appraisals begin at $200.00.
$100.00 for each item (unless they fall into the categories below) in addition to the $125.00 for the first item. This also includes a complete written quality analysis and valuation of gemstones and jewelry, narrative mapping of major gemstones, plus digital photographs.
Simple gold items:
$30.00 each for listing, description and photographs. This includes plain gold wedding rings, neck chains, bracelets, and earrings with no gemstones.
$30.00 for the bracelet and $5.00 for each charm. Each charm is listed, measured, weighed, fully described and separately valued.
CD Copy of completed Appraisal: $15.00
Electronic PDF Copy of completed Appraisal: Free
Gem or Jewelry Identification and Value Consultation: $30.00 (2 piece limit)
Additional items are billed between $5.00 and $15.00 based on time and complexity.
Expert Witness: $1,500.00 per day.
Written Yogo Sapphire Verification & Valuation
Written Verification of Yogo Origin including valuation for loose or mounted. On mounted Yogo’s, please refer to additional charges that may apply for more than two accent gemstones.
|0.49 carat and under. $125.00|
|0.50 carat to 1.25 carat $175.00|
|1.25 carat and above $250.00|
If you have any questions, problems or concerns, please feel free to call us at 406-453-8403.
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