We are prepared to work in your home when the quantity of items requires it.  Small groups of items can be done in our offices, often while you wait.

$125 set up fee to initiate any formal, office based, appraisal process.  Payable one time and good for 12 months.  Any additional work we do for you during the next 12 months will have no further set-up fee assessed.

Plus a Per Item Fee:

$50 per item minimum for any listed appraisal item.  We will suggest items that should be skipped at no cost if you wish to be advised.

$60 minimum for listing and appraisal of any watch not set with gems and not requiring research.

$75 for basic diamond, or colored gem set items, small pearls, and non-collectible watches which might require some research.

$85 to $150 for semi-complex to rather complex items. Some of these might require extensive research time, such as collectible watches.   These fees include, but are not limited to, most colorless range diamonds, smaller but rare colored diamonds such as blue, red, violet, pink, etc;  large or high value colored gems,  general collectibles.  

Items requiring extended research and/or a high degree of description may require greater appraisal costs and will be always estimated, in advance.    

$250 per hour for general consultation in our office. 

In home appraisals are calculated at $250 per hour for the time we are in your home multiplied by 1.6.   This means: 4 hours in your home would be a $1,600 fee.  Here is how this was calculated:  4 hours x 1.6=6.4 hours at our standard $250 per hour consulting fee rate.  This includes those 4 hours we worked in your home multiplied by 1.6,  in order to produce a complete set of appraisal reports.   To be practical, we suggest in home appraisals should be for a minimum of 20 items.  Our extensive experience has shown this formula allows for setting up and taking down our equipment, our average research time, the computation of values and the typing time involved in creation of your appraisal reports.  We take and edit all photos and also create complete notes on all items while we are in your home.  There is still a large amount of work which must be done afterwards which we have attempted to explained above.  

We always strive to make our clients pleased, so ask us if you need any further clarification on office or home based fees.

Basic listing of scrap and simple items requiring no research and not for insurance replacement:

$12 per item minimum for scrap or simple, no research items which must be listed for a divorce, non-IRS estate or inventory reporting, or general consumer information.   This is not a suitable method for Retail Replacement reports as the description of items is incomplete.                           

What we don’t appraise:

We do not generally appraise or identify any items containing jade, meteors, or organic materials, such as ivory, bone, or teeth.

What we don’t do:

While we appraise watches for replacement, we do not open sealed cases to inspect components and we are NOT watch authenticators.

We won’t tell you we are an expert in everything.  When we don’t know something, we will tell you about our limitations.

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.


Consultation on what your jewelry is worth to sell it and how to best get it sold.

$125 per 1/2 hour in my office, no formal written report included in this fee.

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

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