At LeBaron Laboratory in Granite Bay, CA, your appraisal will be performed according to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPSP) and the highest standards of the American Society of Appraisers.
People have many reasons to get their jewelry appraised. You might want to determine the market value of your jewelry for homeowners insurance, liquidation, donation, estate and probate, or divorce.
What You Need in an Appraiser
Look for both gemological and appraisal education. In addition to understanding gem identification, appraisers need to know valuation theory so that they can appraise the jewelry according to the intended use of appraisal documents.
Look for professional certifications and continuing education to show that the appraiser is keeping their skills current.
Look for certification from the American Society of Appraisers. ASA-accredited gemologist have thorough training in their areas of expertise.
Choose an appraiser who is not planning to buy your jewelry. This will ensure that your appraiser has no conflict of interest, such as convincing you that your jewelry has lower value than it actually does.
Clean your jewelry thoroughly before you submit it for appraisal.
Generally, you should have your jewelry appraised once every 3 to 5 years to ensure that you know its current value.
At LeBaron Laboratory, your jewelry will be valued appropriately to the purpose of the appraisal.