How long does an appraisal take and what is involved?
It takes approx. 30 minutes to examine and evaluate a piece of jewelry, Some items are more complicated and require a greater amount of time. Each item is examined in detail and noted. The item is weighed and major gemstones are measured, graded and evaluated. Finally, digital photographs of each item are taken. The data is entered in our proprietary software program and once the appraisal is generated, a pdf copy is email to you and the original mailed to you within three days. The appraisal contains terms and conditions, the professional profile of the appraiser, and one or more laminated documents describing each item appraised. GCS maintains a sophisticated proprietary software program to ensure that updates can be issued as necessary.
What do I need to bring to the appointment?
Bring all the items you would like to have evaluated. We conduct a cursory examination to determine which items require an appraisal. Any documentation such as previous appraisals sales receipts, and independent gem laboratory reports (e.g GIA, AGS, EGL) are most helpful in expediting the process. With the exception of appraisals of multiple items, it is not necessary to leave your jewelry for appraisal.
How much does an appraisal cost?
For jewelry appraisals, Gemological Consulting Services charges a per item fee as per the schedule below. Consultations and legal services are based on time. Payment is due in full at the time of the appraisal. GCS accepts credit cards.
Fine Jewelry Appraisals – without separate gemstone analysis page
From $110 (fee varies with size of gemstone)
Complicated items: by estimate
Fine Jewelry Appraisals – with separate diamond analysis page – From $125 (fee varies with size of gemstone)
Verbal Pre/Post Purchase Consultations: – From $100. (fee based on time required)
GCS Appraisal Updates – From $60 per item
Gemstone Identification – From $30 per item
Loose Stone Preliminary Reports – From $50 per item (fee varies based on size of gemstone)
Verbal Identifications and Evaluations – From $35 per item
General Consultation (hourly rate – 1/2 hour minimum) – $250
Legal Expert Witness Testimony (hourly rate – 1/2 day minimum) – $350