What is an Appraisal?
An appraisal is a professional opinion of the authenticity, quality, design and approximate value of a piece of property. An appraisal must be typewritten in concise, objective and internationally recognized terminology.
Why Appraise Jewelry?
Most people require appraisals for obtaining insurance but other reasons may include - for division of property upon death or divorce, as proof of ownership when travelling, to use as collateral or for resale.
Where to Find an Appraiser
There is no licensing body which requires jewelry appraisers to attain a minimum level of education/experience before practicing. Until legislation is passed to protect the public from those who are unqualified, the burden is on consumers to investigate a company's reputation and question its appraiser's competency. The Canadian Jewelers Association provides consumers with a list of appraisal professionals.
Who Can Help?
Independent Jewelers appraisers' credentials are Graduate Gemologist, Certified Gemologist and Certified Appraisal Professional (formerly called Accredited Appraiser). Our gem laboratory is equipped to the standards of globally respected jeweler organizations such as the Gemological Institute of America, American Gem Society and the Canadian Jewelry Association. To maintain these memberships, Independent Jewelers appraisers require continual education and re-testing.
How Much Will it Cost?
Fees vary among qualified appraisers. Professional level fees usually indicate a high degree of education and experience as well as state of the art lab facilities. Since no one professional can be an expert on everything, occasionally your appraiser may consult with others who specialize in a particular field. Be prepared to allow extra time and cost.
When You're Ready
When you bring your valuables to Independent Jewelers we keep them in house, and insured, providing for your peace of mind. Although normal turnaround time is about 2-3 weeks, same day service can sometimes be arranged by appointment.
Call to make an appointment or come down to see us at Bishops Jewelry Gallery. We would be pleased to provide a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.