Our Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Graduate Gemologist Appraiser is onsite the second Wednesday of every month. The appraiser will inspect, measure and calculate your jewelry item’s estimated worth and will document the value in writing.
The most common reason to have your jewelry appraised is for insurance purposes in case your jewelry is damaged, lost or stolen. Insurance Appraisals (also known as Retail Replacement Value Appraisals) are the type of appraisals that we offer.
To estimate the value of your jewelry, the appraiser will clean and closely examine the piece including but not limited to:
- General condition
- Measurements and weight
- Diamonds are measured, color and clarity graded, and given estimated carat weight
- Colored gemstones are identified, measured, graded, and given estimated carat weight
- Digital photographs are taken and included in documentation
Jewelry appraisals are performed onsite. Bring your jewelry in advance to be stored in our safe until the appraiser is in-house or come in on the second Wednesday of each month from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
When completed (allow 2-5 business days), we will call you to pick up the appraisal document along with your jewelry (if you’ve not previously done so).
If appraisals are needed prior to the regularly scheduled day, the appraiser will make every effort to accommodate.
Jewelry should be appraised every three to five years, however, some insurance companies require updates every two years. Keep in mind that metal and gemstone markets are changeable, which could alter the value of your jewelry.