Outside Jewelry Appraisal Information
Our appraisals are prepared to the highest standards and, upon completion, include the following:
- Detailed description of each appraised item
- Enlarged digital photograph of each item printed on the document
- Metal content determination
- Gemstone identification, grading, measurement and weight calculation/estimation
- Verification of Gemological laboratory reports whenever possible
- Fully researched valuation at the appropriate market level
- Identification of designer or manufacturer, whenever possible
- Complete professional cleaning and inspection of mounting
- An explanation of value, along with the intent (appropriate use) of the appraisal document
About the Kesslers Diamonds Gemological Laboratory
Kesslers Diamonds maintains an extensive gemological laboratory. A GIA Graduate Gemologist/Certified Appraiser performs all work to insure that your jewelry is safe and secure. Kesslers utilizes the following equipment to assist in the appraisal process:
- Binocular gemscope with dark field illumination
- Colorimeter, Polariscope, Refractometer and Spectrascope
- Master grading stones
- Polarizing filter and 10X hand loupe
- Refractometer liquid, Ultrasonic and steam cleaners
- Electronic gem scale and Digital camera
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Jewelry Appraisal Services
What is an “independent jewelry appraiser?”
An independent jewelry appraiser acts as an impartial third party. The appraiser should not act as a buyer or a seller, and can not have a relationship with the pieces being appraised (or the parties involved). This assures you that the appraiser is being fair and impartial; that the pieces being appraised are not being artificially inflated or devalued.
Do I need to bring any other documentation with me when I come for my appointment?
Yes. In order to give you the most accurate appraisal possible, bring with you any receipts, diamond certificates or diamond reports from GIA, EGL, AGS, etc.
How often do I need to have my jewelry appraised?
Most insurance companies recommend that you have your jewelry appraisal reports updated every two or three years. Please keep in mind you will need to have items with large gemstones -- especially diamonds -- updated more often than an item with no gemstones at all.
If you wish to have your jewelry appraised or need more information, stop in or call the Kesslers Diamonds nearest you.