Let's talk about jewelry appraisals. I actually find jewelry appraisals fascinating, and spent many years conducting them for the 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 qualified experts who have spent hours studying gemology and jewelry craftsmanship to attain certifications; who own and use on-site gem laboratories, 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.
For these projects, I ask the client to gather all appraisals and additional records for her collection, along with a copy of her insurance policy's schedule for jewelry, if applicable, and the jewelry itself. I will match jewelry to the appraisal, 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 recommend it and provide the names of appraisers personally vetted by me.
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 other suggestions for documenting your collection.
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