Professional Jewelery Appraisals
The American Gem Registry is Colorado’s oldest AGS Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser, providing jewelry appraisals since 2001. Schedule today!
Where do I get Jewelry Appraisals near me?
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Where do I get jewelry appraised for free?
You don’t. Professional advice comes with professional fees. The ‘free’ services are selling you something. Usually they want to buy from you but occasionally they want to undermine a sale by someone else. “You paid HOW much for this?”. Bids should be free and without obligation and they should be clear that that’s what they’re doing. “I’ll give you $1000” is not an appraisal and it should not be presented as such
Jewelry Appraisals in Arvada, Colorado
Well, if you’ re near ME, which means, Denver, Boulder, Broomfield or really the whole front range, give me a call or an email. It’s worth the drive from as far as Cheyenne and Colorado Springs. Really. 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. If you’ re somewhere else and don’t want to come out to Arvada, I understand. Start with Google and drill down to the web page of the appraiser. Look for credentials. National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA), American Gem Society (AGS), American Society of Appraisers all offer appraisal credentials and all have lookup systems on their own websites to see who is legit and who is not. A special note: “Free” is not free. They’re selling you something and if it’s not an appraisal, it’s something else.
How Much Does a Jewelry Appraisal Cost?
Why do I need an appraiser?
- Insurance requires it.
- Other jewelrs requires it.
- You want to sell your jewelry.
- You need an Expert Witness.
- Quality Control—Did you buy what you thought you did?
Do you offer same-day appraisals?
Yes, but I’d really prefer at least 24 hours notice.
one ItemJewelry Appraisal
- The cost for me to personally inspect and document your FIRST ‘item’ of jewelry and value it for insurance replacement purposes.
- An “item” is any single piece of jewelry and may contain any number of gemstones.
- A pair of earring is considered a single item.
- Allow approximately 45 minutes per item.
+1 ItemPer each additional item.
- The cost for me to personally inspect and document each additional ‘item’ of jewelry and value it for insurance replacement purposes.
- Allow 45 minutes per aditional item.
- If you have four (4) or more items, please call to schedule an appintment.
- Otherwise, please use this online scheduler.
Call meCall to schedule, if:
- Please call me to schedule an appointment if:
- You have more than four (4) items for appraisal.
- You’d like to arrange to drop-off your items.
- Your situation is unique.
- You’d like to schedule an on-site appraisal.
- 303 – 223 -4944
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.
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.
How long does a jewelry appraisal take?
Each item takes approximately 45 minutes to appraise. The more items, the longer the appraisal.
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.
Call me for an appointment.
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. The big insurance companies employ full time professional shoppers. They buy a lot of jewelry, and they have a pretty good idea what things cost. Submitting an appraisal that says it’s worth twice as much doesn’t change that. Their job is to fund the replacement. If you decline the replacement, they owe you for what it would cost them to replace, not the bottom-line value conclusion on your appraisal. In this case, think of the appraisal value as the maximum limit of liability.
Defining like kind and quality is really what the appraisal is for. Weights, grade, dimensions, manufacture, style, size, that sort of thing. Think of it as the purchase order for the replacement. Everything counts. Grades, weights, designers, photographs, model numbers, special things like ‘hearts and arrows’, everything. If it’s important to you and especially if you paid extra for it, it should be in your appraisal.
Retail. This is another confusing word. It means the price that an item changes hands to the end consumer. It doesn’t mean some more-or-less random number that the store discounts from. It’s not the same as MSRP. This can get tricky because not all stores charge the same for their time and talents. A ring that costs $1000 from one place may be $2000 at another. Differences can be as subtle as the brand mark on the inside of a ring or the nature of the warranty…