What is an Independent Certified Jewelry Appraiser (ICGA), why do you need one, and how do you find them? Well, if you’re in the Denver Metro area, you’re in luck. We provide independent jewelry appraisals, you can click here to schedule an appointment.
But what if you don’t live in colorful Colorado? This is an article about what, where, who, how and why an ICGA, with a few recommendations on some colleagues in other states.
- If you’re in Denver, click here to to schedule an appointment. <3
- There are many types of jewelry appraisers out there with a literal pile of certifications… but the number of “Independent” appraisers is competitively small.
- Check out the AGS Search Option for Appraisers.
- Check out a list of colleagues (below).
- Watch this video to learn more about the certifications you should look for in an Independent Jewelry Appraiser.
What is an Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (and Why Do You Need One)?
The most likely reason you will need your jewelry appraised is for insurance purposes. One way or the other, most people seeking a jewelry appraisal are looking for as unbiased an opinion as possible that is a true reflection of the current value of the object.
Why Do You Need an Unbiased Appraisal?
Why do you want an unbiased appraisal? Think of it like this: Say you wanted to get a diamond ring insured. It is in the insurance company’s interest to insure the piece at the lowest possible rate. It is, however, in your interest to insure the piece of jewelry at the highest possible rate. Similarly, it is in the interest of the jeweler who created the object to inflate the value of that object. It is because of all of these conflicting interests that it is the best for everyone involved to get an independent and unbiased appraisal. (The kind of thing that can stand up in court.)
What Appraisal Certification Should You Look For?
An Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser by the American Gem Society, (AGS), is one of the certifications I consider necessary to be a truly qualified “Independent” Jewelry Appraiser. There are many different AGS certifications, and I caution you that this highest awarded cert is the only one that counts when it comes to being an “independent jewelry appraiser.” The other AGS qualifications are prerequisites as well so an ICGA is also a CGA and also a CG, but are still not enough on their own.
Watch the video below for more information.
Video: What Makes A Good Jewelry Appraiser?
How to Find An Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser Near You
If you’re not near me in Denver, Colorado, or the surrounding cities, then there are a few handy resources you can find that will help you. (Though, actually, I am one of two independent gemologists for several hundred miles in any direction.)
- Find An Appraiser — The AGS Search Option (https://www.americangemsociety.org/find-a-jeweler/appraiser/search/)
A List of Independent Certified Gemologist Appraisers By State
The number of certified gemologists in the US is relatively small. Here is a list of a few of my colleagues in other states whom I wholeheartedly recommend, organized by state.
|First Name||Last Name||Company Name||City||State||Website||Phone|
|Marvin||Greer||Keystone Jewelry Appraisals||Gadsden||AL||keystoneappraisals.net||256-295-788|
|Neil||Beaty||American Gem Registry||Arvada||CO||americangemregistry.com||303-223-4944|
|Cynthia||Konney||New England Gem Laboratory||Old Saybrook||CT||negemlab.com||860-434-8885|
|Davia||Kramer||Jewelry Appraisal Laboratory||Tallahassee||FL||jewelryappraisallab.com||850-222-4367|
|Virginia||Utley||Palm Beach Jewelry Appraisals||North Palm Beach||FL||palmbeachjewelryappraisals.com||561-691-4649|
|Grace||Alter||Grace Alter Independent Jewelry Appraisal||Bonita Springs||FL||239-287-0488|
|Ira||Savoie, Jr.||Savoie Fine jewelry Appraisers||Metairie||LA||neworleansjewelryappraisers.com||504-834-0017|
|Richard||Huntington||HGL Certified Jewelry Appraisers||Las Vegas||NV||huntingtongemlab.com||702-810-6103|
|Deborah||Villepigue||The Jewelry Appraiser, Inc.||Manhasset||NY||thejewelryappraiser.com||516-365-0888|
|James||O’Bryant||Gem Appraisal Laboratory, Ltd.||Maumee||OH||419-897-2138|
|Mitch||Dustin||Northern Appraisal Services||Worthington||OH||northernappraisal.com||614-898-7927|
|Kara||Huddleston||Huddleston Fine Jewelry Appraisals||Wyoming||OH||huddlestonappraisals.com||513-393-9195|
|Anne||Neumann||Harold Weinstein Limited||Toronto||ON||hwgem.com||416-366-6518|
|Mona||Miller||Pacific Gem Lab||Portland||OR||pacificgemlab.net||503-274-7022|
|Mary Beth||Kroh||MB Kroh, LLC||Charleston||SC||mbkroh.com||609-313-3289|
|Michaux||Chopski||Octagon Gemological Services, LLC||Roanoke||VA||octagongem.com||540-342-6144|
|Jani||Livingston||Janie Livingston Appraisers||Williamsburg||VA||804-539-6585|
|Joel||Hassler||Von Hasle Jewelry Advisers||Racine||WI||vonhasle.com||262-498-0074|
Do You Need A Jewelry Appraisal in Denver, Colorado?
The American Gem Registry provides a variety of jewelry appraisal services in Denver, Colorado:
- Gem and Jewelry Appraisals
- Estate Evaluations
- Expert Witness
- Pre-Custom Consultation
- Re-Cut Consultation
- Damage Consultation
- Restoration Evaluation
- Fair-Market Value Appraisals
- Insurance Appraisals
If you have any questions, please call during my normal business hours at the number below. Or, you can schedule your Jewelry Appraisal Appointment online today!