Frequently Asked Questions
A professional appraiser must be a good gemologist. But not all professional gemologists are good appraisers. It takes years of experience to be able to properly evaluate the market value of jewelry and gemstones.Considering how many changes occur in the gem and jewelry industry each year, a professional gemologist has to keep up on all of the latest developments in the industry.

A professional appraiser is one who combines the efforts of retail jewelers to stay up on the latest market trends and prices in jewelry and gemstones with the qualified gemologist who constantly studies the latest developments in the field of gemology. A professional appraiser will constantly be in a study mode to learn all they can about the latest in gemological news and events, while watching the market trends and prices on a wide range of jewelry and gemstones. And perhaps as important as the above, is that the qualified appraiser will constantly study the latest news and developments in the legal requirements of the insurance industry in regards to the insuring of fine jewelry and gemstones. And they will keep themselves abreast of the latest laws governing both the insurance companies and the insured in regards to the coverage of jewelry.

Jewelry Appraisal - Diamonds

How Long Does an
Appraisal Take?

Multiple piece appraisals can take days or even weeks to complete. Engagement rings generally take around 1 to 1.5 hours to analyze.


Jewelry Appraisal - Diamonds

Why Choose A Professional Independent Appraiser?

Ensure an arms-length and unbiased conclusion from a professional who has no interest in the outcome.

We have the professional skills, expertise and equipment necessary to make the appraisal a cost effective and worthwhile exercise.

Jewelry Appraisal - Rings

How Often Do I Need To
Update My Appraisal?

Sometimes, market conditions change markedly in just one year and other times it can take 4 to 7 years for market fluctuations.

If you pay attention to the US dollar and inflation, you will have a better sense of when to call. You are welcome to contact us at anytime for a free analysis to update a previous value if necessary.

When significant market changes make it very apparent that your appraisal is out of date, we will contact you.