Navajo Gallery
Taos, New Mexico

There may come a time when you will need your jewelry appraised as you may want to sell it or you are looking for coverage after it has be lost or stolen. In those events, you may look to insurance providers such as that it is in the homeowner’s or renter’s policy. However, it is important to note that they might not be able to reimburse you with the actual value of the item that you lost. In cases where you want to identify the actual value of your jewelry so as to have them noted down in the policy, you will need to approach as professional jewelry appraiser. Jewelry appraisers are the people who are qualified to look at your jewelry and properly determine their value.

So if you find yourself in a situation where you will be needing jewelry appraiser, it is important to know what you are looking for in order for you to find the best jewelry appraiser that you can find. Here is how you can choose a jewelry appraiser that will be able to properly satisfy your needs.

1.) Graduate Gemologist – An important thing that you should be looking for is whether the jewelry appraiser is a graduate gemologist or is a fellow of Gemological Institute of Great Britain. Jewelry appraisers who satisfy those conditions are sure to have the proper credentials when it comes to the science of gems.

2.) Recognition of organization – A good jewelry appraiser is someone who has gone through proper formal training and has undergone testing in areas of jewelry appraising and valuation under recognized organizations. These organizations include International Society of Appraisers, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, and American Society of Appraisers.

3.) Standards and Rules – When looking for a jewelry appraiser you should make sure that he follows the Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice. You will be more assured when the appraiser you choose will be following rules and a set of standards that are set by a large organization.

4.) Full time appraiser / jewelry store worker – You will want to know whether that person appraises jewelry as a full time job or he works in a jewelry store and does appraisals on an occasional basis. If you are looking for a good jewelry appraiser, go for someone who has an extensive background when it comes to the jewelry business and by that you will want to go for a full time jewelry appraiser.

5.) References – It is important to ask for references from jewelry appraisers to make sure you have a good idea of their reputation. These references should be from a variety of other professionals including people from banks, attorneys, trust companies, basically people who are familiar with the work the appraiser does and has worked with them before.

6.) Charging – Lastly, you should also look into the how the jewelry appraiser charges. Cost is an important factor for any customer and you will want to know what you are paying for and how you are paying for it so make sure to check on how the jewelry appraiser charges his customers.

For more information email
505-758-3250 Phone • 505-758-7590 Fax
PO Box 1756 • Taos, New Mexico 87571