Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How can I find out how much my jewelry is worth?

The best way to find out the value of your jewelry is to have a disinterested expert examine the jewelry and give you a written report of the quality, condition, and value of the jewelry.

Friday, July 21, 2017

What is fine jewelry?

Fine jewelry is generally jewelry that is made from precious metals (gold, platinum, or silver) and gemstones.  The gemstones set in precious metals can be natural or man-made, precious or “semi-precious.”  At AIGR, we generally do not appraise anything that we don’t think is worth at least $500.00 retail value.  Some “costume” jewelry can be very valuable and may need to be appraised.

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.