About Jewelry appraisal
Jewelry is valuable for most us and not purely for the valuable materials it is made of. In this article, however, we will look at how to value jewelry for the material.
The monetary value is found by jewelry appraisers either online or in a local jewelry shop. In many cases an online jewelry appraisal can be enough – but sometimes and for more accurate estimates a physical inspection is needed.
A certified gemologist or general appraisal expert is able to provide you with the fair market value if he has the necessary information. Make sure you have documentation – sales slips, diamond or gemstone grading reports and warranties. A jewelry appraisal will take into account the following information:
Brand, serial number and relevant marks.
The karate for the gold or percentage of platinum or silver
The metal in general
The 4C – cut, color, clarity and carat weight will be used for diamonds and gemstones.
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Frequently asked questions about jewelry appraisals
What is a Jewelry appraisal?
The process involves a certified professional that will provide you with a correct description of your jewelry and assign a value for the piece. There are different needs for it – such as tax purposes, insurance or reselling.
How much does it cost to have jewelry appraised?
Online jewelry appraisals normally start from around $15. A local jewelry expert will normally charge $100-150 an hour.
Are jewelry appraisals accurate?
Beware of people that will tell you the value and then offer to buy it. You can count on that it will not be genuine.