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ANTIQUE JEWELRY APPRAISAL

SHOULD I GET AN ANTIQUE JEWELRY APPRAISAL?
When looking to sell antique jewelry, the first question that pops up is: "how much is it worth?". There are several ways to find out your antique jewelry’s value. But not all of them are the right one when selling or financing your antique jewelry is what you’re looking for.

Many people will have their antique jewelry appraised by their local jeweler. But an antique jewelry appraisal won’t provide an absolute value of the item. The appraisal assigns a dollar-value to the antique jewels, and is carried out for a specific purpose, like tax or insurance. That means that the value stated in the appraisal is only valid in that context, only reflecting retail replacement value. Therefore, you should only get your antique jewelry appraised if it is relevant to a specific purpose. For example, if you want to have your antique jewelry insured.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to buy or sell antique diamond jewelry, the best way to go is to have it graded by a gemologist or a gemological institute. A diamond grading is the thorough evaluation of the jewel’s stone and its attributes: carat, cut, color and clarity. The value of your antique jewelry is closely related to the quality of its stones. Ultimately, a grading report is the most transparent, accurate and objective tool you need to determine how the market values your antique diamond jewelry.

WHICH TYPES OF ANTIQUE JEWELRY APPRAISALS ARE AVAILABLE?
So long as it is made with precious metal, either with or without precious stones, it is quite likely that we will accept your antique jewelry for full appraisal and subsequent sale if you so desire. Many types of antique jewelry are in high demand, including but not limited to the following:
Georgian period jewelry
Early Victorian jewelry
Mid-Victorian jewelry
Late Victorian jewelry
Memento Mori jewelry
Arts and Crafts Era jewelry
Art Deco jewelry
Art Nouveau jewelry
Edwardian jewelry
Retro jewelry
Rare antique jewelry is typically unique, and it’s vital that you work with an expert to obtain a proper antique jewelry appraisal. If you are in doubt about whether your item will qualify for free appraisal by GIA experts, feel free to contact us for quick, straightforward answers.

WHAT FACTORS CAN AFFECT THE VALUE OF ANTIQUE JEWELRY?
There are many factors which affect the value of vintage and antique jewelry, which is why it is so important to entrust your items only to experts familiar with antique jewelry appraisal.
Age
Condition
Rarity
Popularity

Don Lowe takes all these factors into account to give an honest and fair appraisal for insurance and possible sales. This is why you can count on Don for all your jeweler needs.



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