The most common reason to get a jewelry appraisal is for insurance coverage. A detailed document describing your jewelry and its worth assure you of a comparable replacement in case of loss. Appraisals are generally performed on items valued in excess of $500, or on items that have unusual sentimental value, and are also valuable for when you choose to sell, trade or bequeath your jewelry.
With the popularity of Internet purchasing, appraisals take on even greater importance. An experienced independent gemologist/appraiser can verify that diamonds and other jewelry match the certification or appraisal that accompany them.
How can you tell you’ve found a professional who will safeguard your valuables and deliver accurate results?
Carole Richbourg is a Graduate Gemologist (Gemological Institute of America) and a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. In addition, she holds the Accredited Senior Gemologist title (Accredited Gemologists Association), and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (American Society of Appraisers). See About Carole for a list of other affiliations.