(Closed) Where would you suggest going for a jewelry appraisal?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I would just go around to local jewelry stores. Are you actually trying to sell it or do you just want to get a ballpark of what it’s worth? I’m sure at least one of them has an in-house jeweler.

Post # 5
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@tinylittlebird:  From their website it looks like Shane & Co. offers free jewelry appraisals for insurance purposes. A jeweler doesn’t have to be a jewelry designer to be an appraiser – in fact I think they need to a special designation to be a certified jewelry appraiser. I wouldn’t suggest going to a cash for gold place for an appraisal – they would be able to tell you the price of the gold, but not the stones.

Post # 6
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

But as a note, an insurance appraisal may not be what the items are “worth.” When I appraise items I usually give either an insurance figure or an offer to buy. The insurance figure will be higher than what the item is actually worth (as typically it will carry several years into the future as the price of materials and workmanship increases) and the offer to buy will be many times lower than what the item is worth at retail price. You will probably have a difficult time getting someone to give you the actual retail street value of the items but it could happen. 

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