A. Preparing For Your Appraisal Appointment:
1. Cleaning Your Jewelry: Try to have your jewelry cleaned best possibal before your appointment to save time. A thorough
cleaning can be done in our office more quickly if your jewelry is reasonably clean to start out with. A mixture of a mild
household liquid soap detergent and water scrubing with a soft bristle toothbrush works best.
2. Grading Certificates:
Please remember to bring your GIA, AGSL, or EGL Certificates for comparison. Although we do our own Independent Evaluation,
Unlike a loose stone grading, most likely we will be evaluating you jewelry mounted and may need a depth measurement or diameter
or actual weight to complete our evaluation. For this a loose grading cert. is helpfull.
3. Write down any questions
or problems you may have had with your purchase or the jewelry being appraised so that you wont forget any major points of
B. Your Appraisal Appointment:
1. Fees and Payment Arrangements: We discuss Fees and Payment
with you before we appraise your jewelry to insure client satisfaction. For your convenience we accept: Cash, Check, Visa,
MC, Amex and Discover.
2. Procedure & Consultation: We evaluate your jewelry while you wait and watch. We will explain
each test and procedure as we perform them making it a fun enjoyable and educational experience. We Test, and Identify, Metals
and Gemstones along with grading for: color, clarity, polish, proportion, as well as cut grade. We test for natural origin,
including treatments. All tests and procedures are safe for your jewelry. Most clients comment on how well our work is done
and how smooth it all goes.
Remember to tell us about any concerns you may have. Although we have many years of appraisal
experience, every item of jewelry is unique and every client is serviced to meet their individual needs and circumstances.
3. Report Preparation: Results can be given both verbally, in print, or formatted to meet: Insurance, Estate, Tax,
Equitable Distribution or Collateral Loan Purposes. All our appraisal work and appropriate Certificates are guaranteed for
acceptance by: Insurance Companies, Banks and Attorneys and for All Legal Purposes.
4. Once you have received your paperwork,
be sure and check that a copy has been received by the party requesting the appraisal. Many times a faxed or mailed copy was
sent and assumed received. Be sure to check.