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Jewelry Appraisals  

What is an appraisal?
Why get an appraisal?
Why go to an independent gemological laboratory like AIGR?
What are the fees for appraisals by AIGR?
How can I schedule an appraisal with one of AIGR's certified graduate gemologists?


What is an appraisal?—A jewelry appraisal identifies and evaluates a piece of jewelry, including a monetary valuation. An appraisal should be updated about every three years to current market values. View sample appraisals by clicking on these links:

You need Adobe Reader to view the .pdf files with the sample appraisals. You can download it here at no cost.

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Why get an appraisal?—Every 90 seconds a burglary or robbery occurs somewhere in the United States. Many insurance companies will not insure your jewelry without current appraisals (generally less than six months old.) You are reponsible for providing documentation of the value of your jewelry (appraisals) to your insurance company.

If you lose your jewelry today and file a claim tomorrow, can you tell the claims adjuster exactly what you had? Many people falsely rely on a sales receipt or simple three-line appraisal written by the salesperson, only to realize that the insurance company is going to replace the item not automatically write a check for a given dollar amount.

Proper appraisals display a magnified color photograph with a detailed legal description and proper identification of each of the gems with their color, clarity, shape, cut grade, and measurements, as well as the gram weight and construction of the item, gold content, etc.

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Why go to an independent gemological laboratory like AIGR?—When dealing with jewelry and gemstones in today's fast-changing market, you need an unbiased opinion. Through the use of complex and highly sophisticated instrumentation in the hands of seasoned professionals, you will have the essentials for an intelligent decision. We keep your appraisals in our database so that you can update them every three years for a nominal fee.

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What are the fees for appraisals by AIGR?—Our appraisals start at $65.00 to $75.00 for the first piece and $55.00 to $65.00 for each additional piece. This amount is based on the assumption that each piece will take 30 minutes or less and is based on $120 an hour. Watches, antique pieces, and pieces with numerous stones may take longer and cost more. Discounts may be given on large groups of pieces. Please call us at 303-420-2369 to schedule an appointment.

We accept cash, checks, MasterCard, and Visa.

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How can I schedule an appraisal with one of AIGR's certified graduate gemologists?Contact AIGR directly, or call the store nearest you to schedule an appointment for an appraisal clinic held at jewelry stor near you:

Schapell Jewelers
Boulder - 303-442-1135

The Gilded Artisan
Colorado Springs - 719-495-1060

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