Post # 1
Recently, I found some jewelry that had been lost where I work, and as nobody ever came to claim it, I took it home with me. Both pieces (a lone earring and a necklace) are stamped as 14K gold, and I believe the earring has diamond chips and the necklace has diamond chips and a large red stone.
I would like to get them appraised to know what they’re worth, but I don’t know where to go to do this. I considered taking it to the store where we purchased my ring (Shane Co.) but since they don’t do any jewelry designs in-house, I didn’t know if they would be able to appraise an item that isn’t one of their products.
I’m open to suggestions on this. Thanks!
Post # 3
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 # 4
I’m mainly wanting to know what it’s worth. I had considered taking the earring to a “cash for gold” kind of place, since it’s just one earring, but it also looks like it could be converted into a small ring pretty easily since it’s a hoop.
I’m mainly just curious as to what they’re worth. From there I guess I’ll decide what I want to do with them.
Post # 5
@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
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.