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Choosing an Appraiser

As with any service there is some risk involved in choosing your provider. A referral from someone you trust is generally your best bet but not always possible. In any case the customer has to be his or her own advocate. Do not hesitate to ask questions.

There are several factors that should be considered. An appraiser should be registered in several disciplines and should have proof of this with accompanying documentation. Remember also that your appraiser will be handling your jewelry and should be someone you can trust.

1. An appraiser should be:

*An AGS Registered Jeweler

*An AGS Certified Gemologist

*An AGS Certified Gemologist Appraiser

2. An appraiser should have a complete and accredited gemological laboratory on site. St. Louis Jewelry Appraisers is one of less than 50 accredited appraisal labs in the U.S.

3. Length of experience as an appraiser should be considered.

4. You should contact the BBB or a similar organization when narrowing your choice.

5. Fees should be related to time spent by the appraiser and number of pieces being appraised, not on the estimated value of the appraised items. Your appraisal should be a completely unbiased evaluation of your jewelry. Fees that are based on the final appraised value are unethical and will ensure that your jewelry will be over-valued and that you will pay too much for your appraisal.

Jim’s accreditation & professional memberships include:

Graduate Gemoligist
  • GIA Diamond Course
  • GIA Colored Stone Course
  • GIA Graduate Gemologist
Member of the American Gem Society
  • AGS Registered Jeweler
  • AGS Certified Gemologist
  • AGS Certified Gemologist Appraiser