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We do it all
We operate as an Independent Appraiser. Our pricing is attained from Gemworld International. This is the actual researched market price; not just someone's professional opinion. We verify, evaluate, and grade gemstones in accordance with strict GIA Guidelines. By assigning grades to gemstones that have been authenticated using these Grading Procedures, they can then be placed into a retail pricing category using Gemworld International's U.S. Wholesale Pricing Guide.
After the jewelry item is completely evaluated, it is then assigned a Retail Replacement Value for insurance purposes. You will be provided with a digital copy and a hard copy upon request. A digital copy can be easily be stored and forwarded to your insurance provider.
Jewelry Insurance Appraisals can range in price. Price is considered after the scope of work is assessed. All appraisals are different considering all the many different factors and whether or not you provide us with a Commercial Laboratory report. This report will be verified. Quantity, Rarity, and Demand are the three most important elements when examining jewelry items. Accuracy is also vital in order to place items in the appropriate pricing category.
Call ahead and give us a description of your item for approximate pricing.
If you are just needing a consultation and no legal documents, we can certainly provide you with a proximate value, as well as comparable pricing in the current market for a more simple fee.
Here is a Custom made Harry Winston Platinum Blue Sapphire Diamond Ring made in 1934.
By looking under the microscope, we can locate certain clarity characteristics within the gemstone.
These characteristics provide us with evidence as to what the gemstone is and how it was formed (images below.)
Wait. Do you have a commercial Laboratory report with that?
You should have a Commercial Laboratory Report with your Gemstone. This reassures any buyer that the purchase being made is legitimate. It also reduces the price of an appraisal.
There are numerous laboratory facilities. We recommend the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), American Gem Society (AGS), and EGL USA (a reputable U.S. laboratory not to be confused with EGL international.)
Our In-house laboratory is fully capable of identifying and pricing all gemstones, gemstone treatments, synthetics, simulants, and assembled gemstones. We also provide diamond plotting services.
GIA & Gemworld information
Robert M. Shipley established the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 1931. GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. Gemstones are identified and graded by GIA so that they can be classified according to price.
In 1982, Richard Drucker introduced the world's gemstone industry a colored gemstone pricing guide, now known as GemGuide. The publication, which is recognized as the industry leader for gem pricing and market information, is used for valuation and information in more than 40 countries by jewelers, appraisers, and as a reference in legal cases involving valuation.
In conjunction with material quality and pricing, labor also plays a substantial role in the creation of a finished jewelry product. After all, jewelry is art and is only as good as the artist. Gellar's Blue Book to Jewelry Repair & Design states the manufacturing and labor costs associated with production.
We used all three resources along with the current market to assess the value of an item.