An American Gem Society Store
What is an Appraisal?
He has completed his education and is subject to annual testing for recertification in both gemology and methodologies of jewelry appraisals.
In conjunction with our state-of-the-art accredited AGS Gem-Lab, we possess the necessary skill and experience to render valuation reports for your jewelry items.
Typical uses for an appraisal
– To verify the identity and quality claimed by a third party or to verify the value.
– To determine the value of items that were lost or stolen.
– To indicate the weight loss resulting from re-cutting a damaged stone and its loss of value.
– To use the jewelry or gemstones for obtaining a loan, etc.
– For tax deduction purposes based on IRS regulations.
– When parties are exchanging one commodity for another.
•– To prove that an item was not purchased in a foreign country upon return.
•– For an income tax deduction for lost and damaged items NOT covered by insurance.
•– To determine the value of the estate when an individual becomes incapacitated.
•– To use with a will. Precludes heirs from squabbling over the estate.
– To provide positive identification when items have been recovered.
The American Gem Society (AGS) is dedicated to building trust and confidence with the jewelry-buying public. As a member of AGS, we aim to provide our customers with the very best service and information available in appraising diamonds and gemstones. We have a staff of credentialed professionals for insurance valuations and other gemological services.
An appraisal is an informed opinion to the authenticity, quality, design and value of a jewelry item. The opinion is backed by training, experience and equipment. Our appraisal document will give you an accurate and in-depth description of your items, including stone identification, weights and measurements, color and clarity, type of precious metals, value, and a photograph.
Our appraisal document will give you an accurate and in-depth description of your items, including stone identification, weights and measurements, color and clarity, type of precious metals and value, and a photo. Diamond plotting is available upon request.
1029 Street Road
Southampton, PA 18966
Typically an appraisal can be completed within 5 business days, unless an appointment has been made for same day service.
A typical appraisal takes approximately one hour to complete.
Refinishing and repair services are available.
Marc Altman is a Certified Gemologist and Certified Gemologist Appraiser of the American Gem Society. He holds a Graduate Gemologist degree from the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).
Most Common Types of Appraisals
Appraisal Fee Schedule
Diamond Jewelry per Item $ 110
Gemstone Jewelry per Item $ 90
Timepieces per Item $ 75
Gold Jewelry per Item $ 65
Appraisal Updates* per Item $ 45
*Originally Prepared by B&E
How Long Does it Take to do an Appraisal?
Appraisal Fee Schedule
Marc Altman, CGA, GIA GG
Appraisals are performed in the store and your jewelry items while in the care of B & E Jewelers, is insured by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.
Important to Note
Questions to ask your insurance agent...