How to Get Jewelry Appraised

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4-10-2016, 13:45
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People have many reasons to get jewelry appraised. You may choose to get jewelry appraised for liquidation, or you might want to determine the value of your jewelry for homeowner’s insurance or estate tax valuation. You might also need to value your jewelry if you are getting a divorce or valuing your jewelry as collateral.

Know What Information Should be Included in an Appraisal

  1. Look for a description of all characteristics of the piece. Characteristics should include weights, grades and measurements of components. The color grade of the gemstone should be determined by using comparison gemstones.
  2. Expect notes on gemstone treatment. If any atypical treatments were conducted on your gemstone or if your gemstone is untreated, this should be noted on the appraisal.
  3. Watch for a statement of whether the gemstone is natural or synthetic.
  4. Expect notes on the type of setting.
  5. Look for an appraisal of the jewelry’s value. The value depends on whether you want to insure your jewelry for its actual cash value, its replacement value or its agreed value.
    • Cash value is the value of your jewelry at today’s market rate, not at the purchase price.
    • Replacement value means the insurer will pay you a specific amount according to its current market value at the time of the loss.
    • Agreed value means that you and your insurer settle on a specific value that you will receive in the event of a loss.
  6. Expect the appraisal to include a photograph of the gem.
  7. Make sure that your jeweler uses the proper forms. If your appraisal is for an insurer, then your appraiser should use one of the following forms from the Jewelry Insurance Standards Organization:
    • JISO 805—Jewelry Sales Receipt for Insurance Purposes. This form is used when you are purchasing jewelry and can be completed by the retailer who sold the jewelry to you.
    • JISO 806—Jewelry Document for Insurance Purposes. This form is used when you’re obtaining a second appraisal.
    • JISO 78—Jewelry Insurance Appraisal—Single Item. This form must be completed by a Certified Insurance Appraiser and is a highly detailed description of the item.
    • JISO 79—Jewelry Insurance Appraisal—Multiple Items. This form is also completed by a Certified Insurance Appraiser and is used for the valuation of multiple items of jewelry.

Verify a Jewelry Appraiser’s Credentials

  1. Look for both gemological and appraisal education. In addition to understanding gem identification, appraisers need to know valuation theory so that they can appraise the jewelry according to the intended use of appraisal documents.
  2. Review your appraiser’s resume or curriculum vitae. Look for professional certification and continuing education to show that the appraiser is keeping his or her skills current.
  3. Verify any certification or membership credentials. If the appraiser claims to be certified by the American Society of Appraisers, then double-check the certification by calling the organization or by checking the organization’s website.
  4. Check for errors and omissions insurance. Also called liability insurance, errors and omissions protects the appraiser in case an error is made on your appraisal so that you can be compensated appropriately.

Find a Jewelry Appraiser through a Professional Organization

  1. Contact the American Gem Society to find an appraiser in your area. The AGS is a nonprofit dedicated to the education and protection of consumers. Appraisers who are AGS members take an annual Recertification Exam.
  2. Find a jewelry appraiser who is a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. NAJA labels members according to their level of experience in the industry, and Certified members have reached the apex of education in appraisal studies.
  3. Look for certification from the American Society of Appraisers. ASA-accredited jewelers have thorough training in areas including Appraisal Review and Management, Business Valuation, Gems and Jewelry, Machinery and Technical Specialties, and Personal and Real Property. They also complete examinations and submit evidence that they can handle complex appraisal assignments.


  • Choose an appraiser who is not planning to buy your jewelry. This will ensure that your appraiser has no conflict of interest, such as convincing you that your jewelry has a lower value than it actually does so that the appraiser can pay you less for the item.
  • Clean your jewelry thoroughly before you submit it for appraisal.
  • Generally, you should have your jewelry appraised once every 3 to 5 years to ensure that you know its current value.


  • Avoid appraisers who ask to keep your jewelry for an extended period of time.
  • Avoid appraisers who charge according to the size of your gemstone. A larger stone does not justify a higher fee.

Things You'll Need

  • Jewelry
  • Proper appraisal forms
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