Frequently, people ask us for a written appraisal so they can sell their jewelry. We are happy to help with this! In our experience, a written appraisal may be worth the expense in the following scenarios:
You have a larger, mined diamond (not lab grown), especially one carat and above, or
Your jewelry has a very high value, often with valuable gemstones like sapphire, ruby, emerald, or alexandrite.
We will advise you if we believe a written appraisal will be of minimal benefit, to save you the cost of the written appraisal.
When you visit us in person in our downtown Ventura, CA shop, we will make you an offer to purchase your jewelry at no charge! Our offers are competitive or higher than other jewelry stores. Many times we offer more for nice gemstones and diamonds than other jewelers because we specialize in custom made jewelry. Please note we cannot make offers remotely; you will need to bring your jewelry to our store in Ventura, CA if you would like us to make an offer.
Selling your jewelry to a jewelry store is the fastest and easiest way to sell your jewelry, but there are other ways to sell your jewelry.
An appraisal may help you sell a ring with a big center diamond to a third party.
For most gemstones, we don't recommend an appraisal to sell, but we will still make an offer.
We recommend an appraisal if you have large, valuable gemstones, like this cabochon emerald.
Verbal appraisal consultations are an excellent way to learn about your jewelry and its value. People often want appraisal consultations when they have inherited jewelry. Others are gifting jewelry and want to know more about the jewelry before gifting. With our training and expertise, we will tell you about:
What are the stones and their quality?
What is the value?
What is the approximate age (if determinable)?
What stones or parts are original (if determinable)?
Sometimes people want to determine the general value because they are considering using the diamonds or gemstones in new custom jewelry. You can stop in to our store anytime, and we'd be happy to answer your questions and discuss your options. Remember to bring your jewelry or gems with you so we can evaluate them in person!
Verbal Consultation Costs
There are two Verbal Consultation levels at Fox Fine Jewelry. For written documentation, please see Estate or Insurance Appraisals, below.
AGS Certified Sales Associate (CSA) - $25 for every fifteen minutes
GIA Graduate Gemologist and AGS Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA) - $50 for every fifteen minutes
If you have many pieces, you can save money by beginning at the lower priced CSA level. The CSA will identify the pieces that potentially have more value. Then you'll shift to the CGA for your more valuable pieces.
Appointments are not required, but are recommended, especially for larger quantities of jewelry.
Estate or Insurance Appraisals
Insurance or estate appraisals are formal, written documents by an independent appraiser.
Written appraisals begin at $150, although some are more. All items are photographed, described and insured while on premises.
Most Insurance Appraisals take about two weeks; please inquire if you need yours expedited.
Appraisals at Fox Fine Jewelry include a photograph and detailed description of the jewelry, with each gemstone and diamond measured and graded.
We have three GIA Graduate Gemologists on staff. Two have the highest possible designation in the world: AGS Certified Gemologist Appraisers.
Fox Fine Jewelry has been appraising jewelry since 1984. We have a full laboratory on premises in compliance with the American Gem Society, with whom we are recertified annually.
We often see appraisals written by sellers valuing jewelry at a higher amount than they sold it for. With few exceptions, the appraised value should be the same as the sales price. Sellers can’t stay in business if they consistently sell under market. Inflated ‘feel good’ appraisals mean the buyer pays excess insurance premiums, as they are insuring an inflated value. There are some exceptions, notably jewelry purchased during a “going out of business” sale.