Monday, July 17, 2017

Why do I need to have my jewelry appraised?

A number of life circumstances can precipitate the need for a jewelry appraisal.  The most common occurrence is the purchase or receipt of fine jewelry that needs to be insured.  AIGR appraisals are performed so that in the case of a loss, a replacement by the insurance company will have the same quality and value as the original item.  Store receipts frequently have insufficient information, and family heirlooms sometimes have no documentation.  The burden is on the owner of the jewelry to prove the extent of a loss to an insurance company.  

Changes in family situations (death, divorce) can also necessitate an appraisal for taxes, distribution, etc.   

An appraisal is also an excellent sales tool if you are finding a new home for your jewelry.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What is a jewelry appraisal?

An appraisal is an expert estimate of the value of an item.  AIGR's jewelry appraisers are GIA Graduate Gemologists with decades of experience valuing fine jewelry and gemstones.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Winter 2017 Tucson Gem Shows

The Winter 2017 Tucson Gem Shows started on January 17 with the main show beginning on February 9 and going through February 12.  The schedule is available here.  The website of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

What is andesine, really?

In the last few years we have heard a lot about andesine, also called red labradorite or even sunstone.  This feldspar is frequently sold on cable shows and the internet, either in jewelry or as an investment.  We recommend this article for more information:  The Great Andesine Scam by Gary Kratochvil.