APPRAISALS

Venus Jewelers offers full appraisal services and can be performed while you wait with an appointment.

Our Gemologist/Appraiser, Peter Stavrianidis, is a Graduate Gemologist (GG) of the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.), a Certified Gemologist Appraiser (CGA) with the American Gem Society (AGS) and a professional appraiser with memberships in the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA).

Please remember that a professionally constructed insurance appraisal of your personal jewelry will fully protect you in case of loss, theft or even damage.

Peter is fully trained in conducting appraisals that have to do with insurance coverage, estate distribution, fair market value estimation, donation/gift value, etc.

Please call or stop by today to make your appraisal appointment.

We always include – as a free service to you – the cleaning and the thorough inspection of your jewelry.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Can I bring in a piece of jewelry or diamond that I have purchased from another source for a written appraisal?

A. Absolutely. Although we are in the business of selling fine jewelry and diamonds as well, our appraisals are totally independent and based on the highest level of ethics and professional standards.

Q. Can you prepare the appraisal for my jewelry while I wait?

A. In most cases yes –especially by appointment. In some cases it would be recommended that you leave certain pieces that need further research in order to prepare a more accurate and objective report.

Q. Do you have to take the stone(s) out of the mounting to perform the appraisal?

A. Absolutely not. We use instruments and calculation formulas to estimate the size/weight of all mounted stones.

Q. How much will my appraisal cost?

A. Our fees are based on the complexity of each piece. Although we will do our best to give you an estimate over the phone, we highly recommend that you make an appointment to come in with your jewelry so that we can give you a more accurate and realistic assessment. We will also advise you as to which pieces should be appraised and which ones should not. This consultation is always complimentary.

Q. Do I still need an appraisal if I have a laboratory report from the Gemological Institute of America, the European Gemological Laboratory, etc.?

A. Yes, because these laboratory reports do not include a dollar value. We also help you to interpret the information contained on the report and confirm that it does, in fact, match your diamond.

Q. What qualifications should someone have in order to perform a professional appraisal?

A. First of all, someone would have to be a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America. In addition to that, he (she) would have to be affiliated with institutions that require their members to be educated in the field of appraisals and gemology and actually renew their memberships by passing required examinations. Some of these societies are the American Gem Society(AGS), the International Society of Appraisers(ISA) and the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers(NAJA).

Q. Do I need to have my appraisals updated?

A. The Insurance Institute of America recommends that you have your jewelry appraisal updated every 2 years.