Definition: Retail replacement value is the cost to replace your jewelry with another piece having similar qualities in appearance, quality, age, and condition that is either identical or a suitable equivalent.
Definition: Fair market value can be defined as the price at which a willing purchaser will pay a willing seller, neither under any obligation and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts.
Definition: Verbal Appraisals of Value can include a consultation on age, material and condition and any other readily apparent features. A single piece or entire collection will be verbally discussed and an opinion offered. No exact measurement of stones or extensive lab work will be undertaken. No liability will be assumed by the appraiser.
  • Who can benefit from these services?
    Individuals, estate executors, lawyers, trust officers.
  • How can I arrange a confidential appointment?
    Call or e-mail.
  • Where do we meet?
    All appointments are at a secure bank vault or other mutually acceptable location.
  • What does it cost?
    Hourly, daily or by the item quotes available on request. $100 minimum.
  • What do I receive and when?
    Two copies of a document that includes a cover letter, a report, a photographic image, and an addendum usually within 10 working days unless extensive research is require.
  • What if I do not live in your town?
    Travel outside of the Chicago metropolitan area is paid for by the client.
*All appraisals are confidential
*All appraisals are written to International Society of Appraisers standards.