Fees For Appraising

Appraisals for 1 to 9 items:

$200 for the first item.   $95 for each subsequent item.

If you ask us to appraise a highly unusual item, one requiring extensive research or testing beyond our capability, an estimate of appraisal cost will always be provided for your approval, in advance.  Pricing is dependent on complexity and research time requirements.

We enjoy a long-term, fully independent, relationship with Govberg Jewelers located in Suburban Square Shopping Center, 65 St. James Place, Ardmore, PA and near Rittenhouse Square, 1521 Walnut St., in downtown Philadelphia. Govberg’s enjoys a well-earned reputation for integrity and has sufficient insurance along with the expertise to properly safeguard your items.  They can handle any needed re-finishing, stone replacement, re-mounting or repairs while your jewelry is in their possession.  Items initially left in the downtown store will be returned to downtown for pick up.  Both stores have convenient hours beginning at 10am Mon-Sat and closed Sunday.  Either location will take in your work, but all our appraisal work is currently performed at their Ardmore location.

For those clients who have single items or small groups of less than ten pieces total, we travel two to four times per month to Govberg’s Ardmore location, nearly always on Tuesdays. We do all our work on-site.  You may leave your item(s) as little as 1 day before I am scheduled to arrive and pick up on Wednesday or later in the week. You may also schedule to meet me in the Ardmore store and observe while I appraise your items while-you-watch. While-you-watch appraisals at Govberg’s are limited to 9 items.

Appraisal reports are made during the week and will be sent in the US Mail. Please leave your email address if you want .pdf copies transmitted via email.

Appraisals for 10 or more items:

$75 per item is our estimate in advance for Retail Value or Divorce.

$85 per item is our estimate in advance for Fair Market Value for tax work.

We do this level of work in your home or in an office you supply.

Your attorney or CPA may make one available for such work.

INSURANCE REPLACEMENT, or MARKETABLE CASH VALUE FOR DIVORCE appraisals are based on $199 per hour for the time we are with you, in your home or at our office, multiplied by 2.  This means 4 hours, in your home or in our office, creates a fee of $1,592.  Our historical range of fees for Retail or Divorce range in cost from $40 to $85  per item.  It all depends on the complexity of the items and the amount of research time. Our fee is time based unless we supply, and you agree, to an estimated fee in advance.  

IRS qualified FAIR MARKET VALUE appraisals generally are research intensive.  FAIR MARKET VALUE fees are $199 per hour for the time we are with you, in your home or at our office, multiplied by 2.36.  This means 4 hours, in your home or in our office, creates a fee of $1,878.   Our historical range of fees for Fair Market Value range from $40 to $100  per item.  It all depends on the complexity of the items and the amount of research time.  Our fee is time based unless we supply, and you agree, to an estimated fee in advance.  

We make all binding fee estimates only upon actual physical examination of the all the items which are going to be appraised.  This is necessary, since there are times when extraordinary items are involved.

Our ultimate goal is a most professional job, correctly done and worth the necessary cost to our clients.

$400 minimum fee for all in home or private office appointments.

The above minimum fee only applies when the client decides to change the appraisal into a shorter consultation or otherwise reduces the amount of items being appraised without notice in advance.  Since this happens from time to time, there needs to be a minimum established to cover expenses and time wasted.  We much prefer to do a substantial piece of work for the items you told us you would deliver to our appointment, but we understand sometimes people change their plans.

While you or your representative are present with the appraiser, we photograph all items and create complete notes. Afterwards, there is still a large amount of work which must be done, but we do not require the jewelry to do the rest of the necessary work.

What we don’t appraise:

We do not generally appraise or identify any items containing jade, turquoise, meteors, or organic materials, such as ivory, bone, or teeth.  We are not expert in American or Asian Indian jewelry.

What we don’t authenticate:

While we appraise watches for replacement, we do not open sealed cases to inspect components and we are NOT watch authenticators.  We do not authenticate maker’s marks on jewelry.  If a mark appears proper, we assume it is correct for insurance or divorce.  For tax work, we may need to seek proper authentication directly from a maker or outside expert.

We won’t tell you we are an expert in everything:  

When we don’t know something, we will advise you of our limitations and suggest what steps should be taken.


Consulting on-line or in-store choices:

Are you making a selection of the “right” diamond based on GIA or other Certs?   I will screen two or more potential diamonds based solely on their documentation, not direct examination.

$65 for the first two plus $30 more per additional stone(s).

You can’t hire an experienced, unbiased, gemologist-shopping assistant for less.  I’ll provide you advice about which diamond(s) to consider and which to reject based on both the technical aspects on the reports and also based on what I discover about your own tastes and goals.  I will work with you to get you into the “right” stone;  one you can afford, appreciate, and understand.  This will not substitute for a complete physical examination of a diamond, but it will save you time and money.  It will also make the process relatively easy instead of mysterious and financially dangerous.


Jewelry box contents examination to determine what is genuine and what is costume.

$125 per 1/2 hour in my home office only  No formal report is provided.


 We are not accepting any Expert Testimony work at this time. 


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