STANDARD APPRAISAL FEES:
We are prepared to work in your home or in one of several regional offices, when required. Smaller groups of jewelry can be examined for an appraisal while you wait and watch while larger amounts of jewelry may need to be examined off-site.
$125 set up fee to initiate any formal 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.
Appraisals for less than 10 items:
$35 per item minimum for any listed appraisal item of non-precious metal and not set with diamond or colored gems. We will suggest items such as these should be skipped or lumped together to save fees. It is up to you.
$60 minimum for listing and appraisal of any watch or precious metal jewelry with no diamonds or colored gemstones, 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.
Appraisals for more than 10 items:
In home or office, complete appraisals are calculated at $250 per hour for the time we are in your home or at our office multiplied by 1.6. This means: 4 hours in your home or in our office 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. Smaller numbers in our offices are more workable. 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 or while you are in one of our offices. There is still a large amount of work which must be done afterwards which must be part of our billed time.
We always strive to make our clients pleased, so ask us if you need any further clarification on office or home based fees.
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 office, no formal written report included in this fee.
We are not accepting any Expert Testimony work at this time.