WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN APPRAISER
When you obtain a jewelry appraisal or report, you have the right to expect a professional treatment. Look for an appraiser who provides you with:
1) An estimate fee that is not based on the final appraisal value of your jewelry.
2) A professionally executed appraisal or report that uses the methodology warranted by the purpose of the appraisal.
3) A clearly explained description of any grading system used for evaluating either diamonds or gemstones, in language you understand.
4) A statement of total value, applied to the appraisal report in a manner that cannot be altered, such as with a seal.
5) A clear explanation of the appraisal or report’s limitation of use. (For example, an appraisal performed for insurance purposes can be used for that purpose only.)
6) A courteous and respectful discussion, during which any questions you have are answered.
The value assigned to jewelry can vary depending on the function of the appraisal or report, so it is essential to establish your needs and purpose up front with your appraiser. Your AGS Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser will give you an estimate of the charges before proceeding. These charges can be based on the time involved or depend on the number of pieces to be appraised. It is unethical to charge a percentage of the value.