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Professional Jewelry Appraisal

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Appraisal Services Galore!

The American Gem Registry is Colorado’s most experienced AGS Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser, so provides the full gamut of professional jewelry appraisal services. 

There Are Different Types of Jewelry Appraisals?

Yes, most customers aren’t aware that there are multiple types of jewelry appraisals available. You can explore your options below. If you don’t know what type of appraisal you need, not to worry. Give us a call at 303-223-4944 and we’ll get you in the right direction.

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Types of Jewelry Appraisal Services

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Jewelry, even ahead of real estate, is the most common type of appraisal in America, and the most common jewelry appraisal is for a diamond engagement ring. It’s not as easy as it sounds and, specifically, there’s quite a bit more to it than reading a GIA report. Book an appraisal on your diamond and see what the difference is.

Gem and Jewelry Appraisals

Most people think appraisals are all about diamonds but there’s a whole world of other gems out there, and all of those are just components in the finished product. Jewelry involves other stones, artists, designers, craftsmanship, age, provenance and a whole list of other value characteristics.


That’s not a reason to just get any old document that comes with the packing materials. The reason your insurer requires you to get things appraised is because the report is going to be used as a purchase order for the replacement. It’s not just the center diamond. It’s your evidence that it is what you say it is, that it’s undamaged at the start of the policy, and includes all the details to do a replacement. It’s YOU who should be picky, not the insurer.

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Estate Evaluations

“Fair Market Value” is an IRS term, but it’s not always used in the same ways, and it’s not always about taxes. Estate distribution is equally important. Often an estate will be worth far more, or less, than the heirs expected. Before you take it down to a “we buy gold” place, figure out what you have. That may be the right move, or it may be a $100,000 mistake.

Resale Appraisals

It’s often said that something is worth whatever someone will pay you for it. That’s one definition, but it’s not usually the best, even when you’re selling. How you sell, who you sell to, what you have, and even what you are like are all important factors. The difference between an appraisal and a bid is critical. If you’re trying to sell gems and jewelry, especially higher end gems and jewelry, start with the former.


Most people are familiar with the auction process from the movies and television but have very little experience with the nuts and bolts. How to submit things, how much they cost, how long it takes, how to set a reserve, how to safely ship things (especially internationally). We can help choose the right auction house, follow the process, answer your questions, and make the process as smooth and painless as possible.

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Damage Consultations

Although we don’t sell jewelry, we are experts when it comes to what is and isn’t a problem. What can be repaired and what is worth restoring.  Can your antique diamond be recut? Should it? How much weight will be lost? What’s the best final shape to aim for? What are even the questions. Jewelers, in general, have very little experience with this. It’s a very specialized skill set. Before you turn it over to your insurance agent, or some stranger on the internet who has never even seen it, Get an expert opinion from an actual expert. You can learn more than you thought, even if you are yourself an expert.

Pre-Custom Consultations

These have become one of the most popular services here. It started as a service for jewelers to CYA when setting stones that they didn’t supply. Tiny amounts of damage can be a big deal and major damage can be just fine, as long as everyone understands. It dovetails well with insurance documentation on the completed item. Although jewelers can and do write receipts and reports on what they make, they rarely assess the quality of workmanship and the condition of the materials.

Antique Appraisals

Diamonds may not truly be forever, but jewelry is quite different from what it used to be. Art Deco pieces from the 1920s are different from Art Deco Style pieces from the 2020’s even if they look similar. Family lore may or may not be reliable. Get the real facts from a real expert.  American Gem Registry, llc in Denver.

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