List of Services
Appraisals (Insurance Replacement Cost) starting at $95 per piece
Estate Jewelry Appraisals starting at $95-$135/piece (sorting price provided separately)
Auction House Appraisals negotiated at appointment booking
Appraisals related to Division of Property or Probate starting at $95-$135/piece
Legal Testimony- hourly rate including travel time $250
Types of Appraisals
Insurance Appraisal (Retail Replacement)
An insurance replacement appraisal is the most common type of appraisal. It is requested when jewelry either needs to be insured or when jewelry that is already insured needs an updated appraisal for a jewelry insurance policy. This appraisal reflects the current replacement value of the piece. It is recommended to get your fine jewelry re-appraised every 3-5 years for the most accurate and up to date estimate with constantly changing market prices.
Fair Market Value Appraisal
A Fair Market Value ("FMV") appraisal may be requested for the purpose of determining fair market value for any reason (see a couple of these types listed below), but most likely for selling or buying on the secondary market. It is an assessment based on what a willing buyer and seller would agree to without a forced sale. The U.S. Department of Treasury defines FMV as: "...the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or to sell and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts." These types of appraisals reflect the current market and demand.
An estate jewelry appraisal is requested when jewelry that belongs to an estate needs to be appraised and valued for the purpose of taxation or division of property. This appraisal may also include professional testimony in legal proceedings.
A divorce settlement appraisal is requested to determine the jewelry's worth in a jewelry-related property settlement for accurate and equitable division of property. This appraisal may also include professional testimony in legal proceedings.