Post # 1
What is the procedure like for a ring appraisal? I bought a new setting at a jewelry store, and diamond somewhere else that’s in a solitaire setting. The jewelry store who sold me the setting will do the actually setting of the diamond. I asked them if they can appraise the ring for me with the new setting, and the lady said as long as you have the GIA certificate for it.
That brings me to the question, do they always need the certificate to appraise? Doesn’t it defeat the purpose, since the certificate outlines all the specs for the diamond, and how do you know if you are getting what the certificate says? Also, if it is already setted, how can I do all the measurements of the diamond? I would think the setting would hinder a very good appraisal of the diamond.
What was your experience like? Can they do a blind appraisal? Do they dismount the stone and then appraise? Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Hmm, they should be able to do it without any certificate. That’s how my heirloom ring was done. I think they just measure the stone in the setting without removing it (and also make a juedgement on clarity, color, etc).
Post # 4
my Fiance bought the diamond from the jeweler who made my setting. He just issued an appraisal to him when he picked up the ring.
Post # 5
The process of getting my ring appraised was exactly like lolot experienced.
We had bought my ring while on vacation in St. Thomas, so of course, I wanted to make sure that we got what we were told we were getting. The guy sat down and looked at the ring, and gave me a verbal apparaisal. He would have written it, but it matched what we had gotten from the store we bought it from.
The appraiser could not confirm the exact carat size of the diamond because it was set, but he was able to make an estimate.
Post # 6
We made an appointment with a local appraiser.
When we got there we told him nothing about the rings. He took them and put them on a scale. Then he took his gauge and measured the stones, then put it under a microscope then took pics. He then told us about the different rings. All this was done with the stone still inside the setting of the ring.
In 2 weeks we recieved the paperwork, including pics. We took those appraisals to the insurance company to put them on our house insurance.