“How often should I have my jewelry appraised?”
For insurance purposes, on large value items you should renew your appraisals every 2-3 years to be current with inflation. If you purchase a jewelry item from us, we keep your appraisal information on file, so that you may simply call to have us reevaluate the items.
“Does it matter who appraises my jewelry?”
Appraisals should be performed by a qualified gemologist.
“Is it necessary to buy a graded stone?”
Buying a graded stone protects the purchaser. The independent grading ensures that you are getting what you pay for. There are many laboratories that grade diamonds, so make sure that the certificate comes from a reputable grading lab such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
“Are graded stones more expensive?”
No. With a graded stone, you have proof of a true and proper grading; therefore, you know what you are paying for. The GIA is a non-profit gem grading lab, and the report will not add cost to the stone.