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Professional Jewelry Appraisals
Denver, Colorado

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The American Gem Registry provides professional diamond, gold, and jewelry appraisals (by appointment only) and education from Denver, Colorado.

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In-person Jewelry Appraisals

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Where do I get jewelry appraised for free?

You don’t. There is no such thing as a “free” jewelry appraisal. Independent professional advice comes with professional fees. The ‘free’ services are selling you something. 

 Bids should be free and without obligation and they should be clear that that’s what they’re doing. 

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Offices Located in Arvada, Colorado

My office is located in Arvada, Colorado (a suburb of Denver), but I have many customers in the surrounding suburbs and even states! It’s worth the drive from as far as Cheyenne, WY, Colorado Springs, or even Pueblo for an independent appraisal. 

 I have the top qualifications, I charge reasonable and transparent prices, and I do the work while you wait and while you watch if you like.

A special note: “Free” is not free. They’re selling you something and if it’s not an appraisal, it’s something else.

Jewelry Appraisal Reviews


How Much Does a Jewelry Appraisal Cost?

Why do I need an appraiser?

Do you offer same-day appraisals?

Yes, but I’d really prefer at least 24 hours notice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I wait and watch while you appraise my jewelry?

In a word, yes, and most clients do. The only qualifier is that it takes about 30 minutes apiece to do the inspection, take the photographs, measure everything, etc. If you’ve got more than a half a dozen or so items, it’s kind of a long wait. It’s also possible to do some while you wait and come back to pick up others. It’s all up to you.

How long does a jewelry appraisal take?

Each item takes approximately 45 minutes to appraise. The more items, the longer the appraisal.

What is an "item" of jewelry?

Yes. An “Item” is any piece of jewelry and may contain, or have set, any number of gemstones.

• Unset or unmounted gemstones are considered one item.
• A pair of earrings is the exception to this rule and considered one item.
• An “item” is any single piece of jewelry. It may contain any number of gemstones.
• An ‘item’ may also be a single unset gemstone.

• A “set” is any set of items which can be lost separately, and must valued separately.

Do you appraise gold?

Yes! Gold appraisal is an important part of my work. Call or schedule online if you have any questions. 

Do you offer on-site jewelry appraisals around the world?

Yes. I offer a fully mobile appraisal service and am available around the world. I routinely do work in banks and peoples homes for chain of custody type reasons or when the client just isn’t comfortable packing things up and coming to see me in Arvada. I’ve gone as far as Singapore and Ireland and routinely visit client sites in and around Colorado.  Contact me for pricing and scheduling, 303 – 223- 4944. 

Can you appraise damaged items?

Short answer: Yes.
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What does "appraised value" mean for jewelry?

I try to avoid using the term entirely because it causes so much confusion. The problem is that customers don’t even understand what’s confusing about it. “Just tell me what it’s worth.”

Here’s the problem:

Cynics often want to define value as what someone will give you.  That is one definition, but it’s almost never the one used in a jewelry appraisal.  Someone? Who? Not all potential buyers pay the same. Not all potential buyers are interested at all. Even within the range of professional buyers, say jewelry stores, how much they may be willing to pay contains variables like how many similar things they already have in stock, how much money they have in the bank, how popular things like that are their neighborhood, etc. These are important elements of value and they will certainly affect the bid, but they’re not elements of the property.  

This definition gets even worse when you note that it includes what someone will give YOU. Do they think you’re a sucker? Do they just dislike you? They can offer or charge whatever they want, just as you can decline any offer you want, but don’t confuse that process for an appraisal. That’s a bid or a sale, even if it’s in writing on a piece of paper titled Appraisal.

The usual jewelry appraisal, probably 90% of them, is prepared for insurance purposes. The idea is as documentation that will become part of an insurance contract where the insurer can reasonably expect to replace the item with another of like kind and quality, or words to that effect, in the case of a loss. Normally this means replacement with another at retail, new, locally. Replace. Like kind. Retail. New. Local. All 5 of those words can cause troubles.

“Replace” means they plan to give you a new item, not a check. If they can get it cheaper than you, and usually they can, that’s what they’ll do…

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