How to Prepare for a Jewelry Appraisal

Prepare for a jewelry appraisal with Gemological Laboratory Services. Understand the process, choose the right appraiser, and secure your valuables.

When it comes to having your jewelry appraised, preparation is key. It’s not just about walking into the appraiser’s office with your precious item. There’s a process to follow to ensure you get the most accurate value. Whether you’re working with Gemological Laboratory Services or another appraiser, here’s what you need to know:

Understand the Types of Jewelry Appraisals

There are two main types of jewelry appraisals: insurance appraisals and resale appraisals. Insurance appraisals are done to determine how much it would cost to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged piece of jewelry. Resale appraisals determine how much a piece of jewelry would command on the open market​. When booking your appointment with Gemological Laboratory Services, be sure to specify which type of appraisal you require.

Choosing the Right Jewelry Appraiser

Choosing a jewelry appraiser requires careful consideration. It’s important to find someone experienced and qualified. Many jewelry stores offer appraisal services, ​but it is not recommended to get appraisals from jewelry stores​. Most insurance providers will not accept that as a valid appraisal document.

Gemological Laboratory Services provides a comprehensive jewelry appraisal service that includes a detailed report outlining the characteristics of your diamonds or colored gems. Our appraisal techniques and equipment are top-notch, ensuring you get a fair and accurate assessment​​. With over 30 years of experience and a GIA graduate gemologist, we are ready to assist you at any moment.

Gather Documentation

When you go for your jewelry appraisal, bring any documentation about the piece, such as a sales receipt, previous appraisals, or diamond certificates. This will help the appraiser better understand the value of your item​.

Understand the Appraisal Process

A jewelry appraisal is conducted by a qualified appraiser who will examine your jewelry and assess its value. The appraiser will consider factors, including:

  • The quality of the materials
  • The artistry
  • Condition of the piece
  • Any sentimental or historical value​

Gemological Laboratory Services uses advanced techniques and equipment to examine your jewelry in detail. Our services don’t just stop at appraisals. We also offer diamond certification and gem identification services, providing detailed quality reports on diamonds and precious stones​.

Keep an Open Mind

Remember, the appraised value of your jewelry is an estimate. If you disagree with the value, you may want to get a second opinion. However, it’s important to understand that the appraised value is not necessarily the same as the selling price​.

Regular Appraisals

It’s a good idea to have your jewelry appraised every two to three years or when there are significant changes in its value, such as if you have it repaired or cleaned​. This can help ensure you have an up-to-date appraisal and can get the full value for your jewelry if it’s lost, stolen, or damaged​.

In conclusion, preparing for a jewelry appraisal involves understanding the process, choosing a qualified appraiser, and gathering all necessary documents. With services like those provided by Gemological Laboratory Services, you can have peace of mind knowing that your jewelry is accurately assessed.