Most people put reading jewelry appraisals in the same category as looking at tax returns.I actually find jewelry appraisals fascinating, and spent many years conducting them for two jewelers in St. Louis. For me it's a pleasure to read an expertly prepared jewelry appraisal that incorporates the correct methodology, an accurately written description, and the appropriate research behind the valuation.
The best, professional appraisals are conducted by educated and certified experts who have spent years studying gemology and jewelry craftsmanship. They own and use on-site gemological laboratories, are familiar with hundreds of designer brands, and have vast knowledge of the markets in which jewelry is bought and sold.
Although I no longer conduct jewelry appraisals myself, I earned the prestigious title of Certified Gemologist Appraiser by the American Gem Society more than 20 years ago. I know what constitutes a professional appraisal, and gladly assist clients with appraisal reviews.
To conduct an appraisal review together, I will ask you to gather all appraisals, receipts, and additional records for you collection, along with a copy of your insurance policy's schedule for jewelry, if applicable, and the jewelry itself. I will match jewelry to the appraisals, and again to the insurance schedule. If there are items on the schedule that are no longer in the collection, we will resolve this. If I find that values are in need of updating, I will make recommendations on how best to accomplish this task.
It is important to possess, at the very least, proof of ownership of jewelry. If receipts are not available, and appraisals are not desired, I have additional suggestions for documenting your collection.
Contact me to discuss Appraisal Review services.