Jewelry Appraisals

Jewelry appraisals conducted by a qualified valuer who employs a variety of techniques and utilizes an array of instruments are usually considered good practice whether you have a collection of fine jewelry or just a few pieces.

A jewelry appraisal is an unbiased, fully researched estimate of the quality and value of an item of jewelry or gemstone. The opinion of the valuer should be supported by extensive education, training, experience, and gemological equipment.

There are clear distinctions between jewelers, gemologists, and appraisers. Jewelers buy and sell jewelry, and price merchandise in a jewelry store. Gemologists identify and evaluate the quality of gemstones. Jewelry appraisers identify and grade diamonds, identify the age and antiquity, grade the design and craftsmanship, research various sales markets for gems and/or jewelry, use methods to estimate value, describe a piece of jewelry or a gemstone completely, and justify their values to a client. Although each of these titles carry different responsibilities, there should be no assumption that jewelers, gemologists and appraisers cannot be one in the same with the required education and certifications.

Jewelry appraisals are all about establishing and substantiating the value of an item. There are several steps that occur between the initial examination of the client's property and the final estimate of the property.

Depending on the nature or type of appraisal, the appraisal document may be prepared with many precise details about gemstones and the metal components that are combined in an item of jewelry. Details are extremely important to help justify the final estimated value. The details of a piece of jewelry or gemstone are recorded in the jewelry appraisal report in full descriptions called narratives.

To reach the scope of the details in an appraisal many instruments are used that in conjunction with the appraisers knowledge are essential to determining the value of a piece of jewelry. Items such as a binocular microscope, refractometer, polariscope, and spectroscope aid the appraiser in various tasks such as seeing inclusions and irregularities inside of a stone or evaluating the color of a particular stone be it a diamond or gemstone.

When a valuer has completed the appraisal, the client should receive a document with a specific purpose and function that can then be utilized by the client. The jewelry appraisal should employ the various methods called for in estimating or determining the value of the complete piece of jewelry and emphasize the various instruments that were used to arrive at the estimated value. It is important for the valuer to list credentials or certifications so the client will feel assured as to the legitimacy of the appraisal.

If you are looking for jewelry appraisals in Brandon, Fl, Martin's Jewelers can offer you a wide variety of jewelry appraisals to fit your needs. Martin's Jewelers service areas include Brandon, Valrico, Riverview, Fish Hawk, Seffner, Tampa, Bloomingdale, Dover, Gibsonton, Boyette, Mango, Thonotosassa, Lithia, Palm River, Clairmel, Apollo Beach, Town and Country, Carrollwood, Temple Terrace, North Tampa, East Tampa, and counties neighboring Hillsborough County, Florida.