(Closed) Are appraisals always accurate?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: would you get your rings reappraised by a different company?
    Yes : (3 votes)
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  • Post # 2
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    It’s hard to know the exact weight of a stone that’s set. So therefore it’s just an estimate since they cant actually be weighed without removing them from the setting. There’s a good chance that they were off by .09 since it’s only an estimate and not exact. They use some type of formula to determine the carat weight. 

    Post # 4
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Probably. You could go to any local jeweler and ask them to remove your diamond and weigh it. That’s the only way to know the exact carat weight. I wouldn’t pay for another appraisal. It shouldn’t cost much of anything to have it weighed but you will have to pay setting fees for them to put it back in.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Carat size is measured by weight. If they didn’t take the stones out of the settings and weigh them, they can only approximate the carat size based on measurements. 

    Post # 9
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    580 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I got my set appraised by the jeweler who made my rings, but they based the total weight off the certificate that came with my center stone. Do you not have the certificates for your diamonds?

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    oxstardust421xo:  many jewelers categorize carats in fractions (1 1/2 carat), not “points” (1.53). Carat sizes are a range, so if you bought something billed as 1 carat thats actually .95 or something that’d make sense, but the points should be in the paperwork. But .08 is a big discrepancy so IDK ! To the eye they’d look the same though pretty much. 

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee

    oxstardust421xo:  I don’t think there is anyway to know. Their estimate may have been high or low. The only way to know the exact weight is to take the stone out. 

    Post # 15
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    Worker bee

     

    oxstardust421xo:  

     

    If a diamond is mounted, the appraiser is basing the weight on “formula estimation.”  With formula estimation, the margin of error can be plus or minus 0.10 cts.  I have an appraiser friend so I talk to him about diamonds all the time.  This is pretty much the industry standard in determining carat size for a mounted diamond, unless you want the diamond removed, but that is not usually recommended, especially with tension prong type settings.

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