Tips for a Productive Jewelry Appraisal

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Tips for a Productive Jewelry Appraisal

One of our many top notch services at AAA Jewelers is jewelry appraisal, and just like our other areas of expertise, we distinguish ourselves from the competition. Our jewelry appraisers are highly trained to provide you a fair and transparent process while also respecting your time and preferences.

For people who haven’t had jewelry appraised before or for a long time, the process can feel a bit foreign. Here are a few tips from us on things to prepare for before an appraisal.

Make a List

In the interest of convenience on both sides, there are a couple basic lists to make before an appraisal. The first is a basic list of all the items you want to sell – many people with a large jewelry collection will forget a few things over the years, so do a careful check and update a list to keep everything in order.

Secondly, make a list of any questions you may want to ask your appraiser during the appointment. Our appraisers are highly knowledgeable and can answer any detailed questions you may have, but only if you remember to ask the questions in the first place.


Once you’ve listed out all the pieces you want to bring to an appraisal, match as many of them as you can with the proper documentation. Your appraiser will make their own evaluation regardless, but basic certifications or other documents for your fine jewelry – especially mounted pieces – can go a long way to both proper valuation and expediting the process.


This is another area your appraiser will help with as well, but getting that top layer of tarnish off your pieces before the appointment can speed things up and potentially put you in a good light.


Go into your appointment knowing roughly what to expect. Have a general value you’re hoping to get from your pieces, and know what your willingness will be to come down from this value. Expect to receive a detailed appraisal including a description of stones – cut, clarity, color, measurements and weight.

To learn more about the appraisal process, or any of our fine jewelry products, speak to one of the jewelry experts at AAA Jewelers today.