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What is the Jewelry Appraisal Process?

A jewelry appraisal, or any other appraisal for that matter, is a process, not a document. You are asking for a valuation by a particular appraiser based on a particular description, in a particular marketplace, on a particular date. 

“Value” usually means something different to everyone. It is a rather philosophical topic…

By way of example, let’s say you wanted to appraise a piece of jewelry you just inherited. You’ve got an appraisal report written years—or decades—ago by an unknown author with a value conclusion at the bottom. How do you convert? Or, for that matter, how do you adjust for inflation? If you just bought something new, and want to be sure you got what you thought you got, as well as to insure the piece against future perils, how do you proceed?

If you’d like to learn more about jewelry appraisal before you make a decision that will likely cost you thousands of dollars, this is the place for you.

 

Start Here

We’ve prepared a curated list of several of our articles as a starting point for your jewelry journey:

 

  1. Define “value”. Understand what you want to know. 
  2. Diamonds and the 4c’s. Gemstones. 
  3. Find a Jewler you can trust.
  4. Find an Independent Appraiser.
  5. Schedule an inspection.
  6. How To Read A Grading Report
  7. The Jewelry Insurance Process
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Do You Still Want to Learn More?

If you still want to learn more you can explore the sections below. We’ve divided this rather broad topic into 8 categories. Explore by category or by articles.

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