Insurance appraisals are the most common types of appraisals we do. Insurance agencies often require valuables (such as jewelry!) to be individually appraised for replacement value in case of loss or theft. Our graduate gemologists are available to evaluate your piece(s) and complete an appraisal for your insurance provider or legal needs.
Each item is carefully examined, photographed, and quoted at the value that a similar piece would cost at the current retail market's standards; a detailed description is also typed up for each piece. Typically, our staff will check your item/items and complete the appraisal in approximately a week. Occasionally, we can set up appointments. Your valuables are, of course, kept in our safe while it's in our care. Our fee is based on the time it takes to perform the appraisal and is billed at our hourly rate.
Fair Market Value Appraisals
In certain instances, our clients need the fair market values of their jewelry. This is often the case when it comes to legal issues such as inheritance, divorce, bankruptcy, or if a family is attempting to divide an estate. If you are a legal firm in need of our jewelry services, please call our offices to discuss your particular situation. We have worked with many estate planners and family lawyers over the years.
Jewelry appraisal services are billed at our hourly rate. If the family decides to sell us any appraised items for cash, we typically refund the amount paid.