Client Services - Appraisals
Clients often wish to know information about the jewelry that they currently own. Where did it come from? How old is it? What is the history behind it? Surprisingly, there are few experts specializing in the field of antique jewelry. Yet, this is what we do best.
Traditionally, the only option was a costly full appraisal and in some cases, the jewelry may not warrant this expense. We now offer three individualized levels of consultation and pricing to help with a variety of needs.
Note: We specialize in appraisals of fine jewelry dating prior to 1925; if you own later 20th century costume jewelry or a fine watch, it is best to seek others more qualified in that field.
We accept all major credit cards, PayPal and checks or money orders for our services. Just email us for more information whether we can be of assistance for one of our services and how to arrange payment.
1. Expert Opinion
The first service we offer is an opinion only informational brief. This is accomplished by sending us clear, in-focus photographs of the front and back of the jewelry. Then we offer an opinion with as much information as can be garnered from a photograph. Of course, limitations are that we cannot test or weigh stones or metal content, we cannot always determine if an item is genuine or reproduction or other pertinent facts. However, often we can assess its date, country of origin and offer an idea of its history. We do not include a value due to the limits of photographs; yet this is perfect for those who just want some idea of the history their jewelry.
This is never to be used to buy, sell or insure jewelry. Since we receive so many requests for this information, we charge a nominal fee of $25.00 per piece. Please allow at least one week for receipt of your opinion.
We also provide an authentication of any piece of fine jewelry. It is necessary for us to examine the item in person. The jewelry would need to be mailed securely to us. You would receive a receipt and then a short, written paragraph including the date the piece was made, its possible origin and may contain comments on condition, construction, materials and placed within the context of the era; it does not include testing all metals and gemstones. Therefore, it does not include a value.
However, often we can determine a great deal. This abbreviated information should NOT be used for selling, insuring or buying any piece of jewelry, but is perfect for getting a good sense of what your family jewelry's history is about or for verifying authenticity of jewelry you already own. Pricing for this service is $55.00 plus shipping. Please allow at least one to two weeks for your authentication.
3. Full Appraisal
In order to assess any item with total accuracy, examination and in-depth testing must be performed in person. We offer our years of expertise in the form of a full written appraisal in conjunction with our certified gemologist for the cost of $125.00 for the first piece of jewelry and $100.00 for each piece thereafter plus shipping. A written report is provided containing a complete range of information about the metals used, gems, date of origin, possible place or origin and approximate retail, wholesale or insurance value. Best used for selling, buying or insuring your valuables - this report is the most thorough and detailed available today.
Not sure if a full appraisal is right for you?
There are four key reasons for an appraisal. Selling your jewelry, insuring your valuables, estate valuations or just to know what your jewelry is worth. The appraiser will ask your specific purpose for obtaining an appraisal. Appraisal values can vary depending on whether it is for insurance replacement, for selling wholesale value or for current retail market value. These are three different estimates of worth.
Shipping Your Items to Us
Many people are concerned about shipping their valuables securely. Read more about registered mail via the U.S. Postal service. Please allow two to three weeks for completion of the report. Whatever your needs, we hope The Three Graces can be of help.