Important Reasons That Jewelry Appraisals Matter

How important is it to have your jewelry appraised?

It is crucial to have a valid appraisal for your valuable jewelry.

jewelry appraiserIf you are going to insure your jewelry you must have one. Also, because the price of gold, diamonds and gems changes over time it is important to have an appraisal tied to a specific point in time so there is an accurate reference of the value of the piece. If the item is lost, damaged or stolen there must be a frame of reference to determine the dollar amount of the loss. Knowing how much your items are worth will help prevent you from under-insuring or over-insuring your pieces. Also, you cannot trust the seller of the jewelry to appraise the pieces. Insurance companies will only value an appraisal from an authority that is impartial, such as a certified jewelry appraiser. From divorces to estate taxes, donations and loans there are many reasons to have your jewelry professionally appraised. At The Jewelry Appraiser we are an Independent Certified and Accredited Gem Laboratory. Debòrah A Villepigue Debòrah Ann Villepigue GG, MGJ,RMV, M-NAJA is a highly respected member of the jewelry industry is one of only 19 people in the world who has been awarded the prestigious title of Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser (ICGA).

Debòrah is also an Advanced Personal Property Appraiser (APPA), from The American Gem Society.

She has been actively involved in the jewelry business since 1986. As The Jewelry Appraiser Inc., she maintains an office and the only designated Certified gemological laboratory. American Gem Society (AGS) in New York State located at 1295 Northern Blvd. suite #15 Manhassett, New York, 11030.


The Jewelry Appraiser
1295 Northern Blvd Manhasset, NY 11030
Phone: (516) 365-0888

Certified Jewelry Appraisals For Insurance Purposes – Diamond Rings

What is a Jewelry Appraisal:

appraise engagement ringAn appraisal is a judgement of the value of a specific piece of jewelry on a specific date. It is a document that describes the quantitative and qualitative attributes of the piece required to derive a conclusion as to the dollar value of the item.

1. Qualification of a Jewelry Appraiser:
A jewelry appraiser is an expert skilled in the science of appraisal through extensive training.

Knowledge is power.  Jewelers are not qualified appraisers.  When you really need to know the true value of your jewelry there is only one call you need to make: 516-365-0888.  Debòrah Ann Villepigue is the jewelry appraiser to celebrities, judges and people just like you.  When Life and Style magazine wanted to do an appraisal for Lady Ga-Ga’s engagement ring, they turned to Debòrah Villepigue. In January 2018 Debòrah appraised Paris Hilton’s 2 million dollar engagement ring. All of the big celebrities go to Debòrah “The Jewelry Appraiser” because they trust her and so can you. From her appearances in the courts of the State of New York to her guest spots on TV shows like NBC’s the Meredith Viera Show Debòrah is trusted for her experience, expertise and accuracy.

The Jewelry Appraiser specializes in jewelry appraisals, estate jewelry and diamond valuation. We proudly serve the needs of individuals and the Courts of the State of New York.


The Jewelry Appraiser
1295 Northern Blvd Manhasset, NY 11030
Phone: (516) 365-0888

A Jewelry Appraisal Should Be Done By a Qualified Appraiser

A good jeweler who has worked hard to get the prestigious credentials as a graduate gemologist is still not by any means a jewelry appraiser or someone qualified to assess and/or purchase diamonds on your behalf.

A licensed and independent appraiser (they often appraise more than just jewelry) is not someone who gets involved buying and selling jewelry — they are professional appraisers who dedicate their time and focus to providing the finest appraising services in the world. Putting your trust into anyone less, is a great way of having your property inaccurately appraised.

A jewelry appraiser worth their salt, is someone who has been through and completed years of intense and rigorous training to achieve their current status. If you want to learn everything important about your jewelry and discover the greatest and most accurate value of your precious items, search for a licensed appraiser and do not be afraid to ask fro references from some of their satisfied clientele.

There is obviously a lack of education when it comes to qualified appraising and unfortunately, thousands of jewelry owners have already been illegally taken advantage of and have been robbed of their jewelry’s true value.

Jewelry appraisalFrom personal jewelry appraising to having an estate appraised in the courts, if you refuse to become a victim of someone claiming to have the credentials of an authentic appraiser, do your due diligence and make sure you’re in the right hands. The last thing you want is to look back and say, “would’ve-should’ve-could’ve!”

If you have any questions about finding a licensed, credible and qualified appraiser ion your area, feel free to contact me and I can direct you to someone who will take the greatest care of your goods.

I am an Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser and received the highest credentials possible through The American Gem Society. As a Certified, Registered, Senior Gemologist appraiser, I am amongst a select few, 1of 19, professionals who has been given this title through the American Gem Society.

Here’s the biggest problem with impostor appraisers: It is not illegal to offer appraising or to impersonate a qualified jewelry appraiser. Once the impostor is caught, sure, they’ll get in trouble, but the real problem, is that even if they did a decent job appraising your jewelry, once caught, the work they did for you becomes unofficial and the money you spent having your items appraised, will have been a waste. You will then have to have your items re-appraised and will have to have all of your documents and paperwork redone to meet the proper requirements and specs.

In summary, the greatest thing you can do, is locate a highly recommended and credible independent certified appraiser who will take great care of you. Protect yourself and don’t become a victim!
Wishing you all the best,
Deborah A Villepigue GG,CSM-NAJA,RMV,APPA,ICGA


The Jewelry Appraiser
1295 Northern Blvd Manhasset, NY 11030
Phone: (516) 365-0888

Celebrity Jewelry Appraiser Debòrah will be on the Meredith Viera Show on NBC! Tuesday April 28!

Celebrity Jewelry Appraiser Debòrah will be on the Meredith Viera Show on NBC!  Tuesday April 28!
It will be airing April 28 this Tuesday on NBC. Hope you get to watch!

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Jewelers Are NOT Qualified Appraisers!

I need to address an issue that people don’t fully understand and because they don’t, many of you are being taken advantage of!

Because someone refers to himself or herself as a Jeweler, does not mean that they are in anyway qualified to appraise your jewelry.

Even a good jeweler who has worked hard to acquire the prestigious credentials as a graduate gemologist is still not by any means a jewelry appraiser or someone qualified to assess and/or purchase diamonds on your behalf.

A licensed and independent appraiser (they often appraise more than just jewelry) is not someone who gets involved buying and selling jewelry — they are professional appraisers who dedicate their time and focus to providing the finest appraising services in the world. Putting your trust into anyone less, is a great way of having your property inaccurately appraised.

A jewelry appraiser worth their salt, is someone who has been through and completed years of intense and rigorous training to achieve their current status. If you want to learn everything important about your jewelry and discover the greatest and most accurate value of your precious items, search for a licensed appraiser and do not be afraid to ask fro references from some of their satisfied clientele.

There is obviously a lack of education when it comes to qualified appraising and unfortunately, thousands of jewelry owners have already been illegally taken advantage of and have been robbed of their jewelry’s true value.

Jewelry appraisalFrom personal jewelry appraising to having an estate appraised in the courts, if you refuse to become a victim of someone claiming to have the credentials of an authentic appraiser, do your due diligence and make sure you’re in the right hands. The last thing you want is to look back and say, “would’ve-should’ve-could’ve!”

If you have any questions about finding a licensed, credible and qualified appraiser ion your area, feel free to contact me and I can direct you to someone who will take the greatest care of your goods.

I am an Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser and received the highest credentials possible through The American Gem Society. As a Certified, Registered, Senior Gemologist appraiser, I am amongst a select few, 1of 19, professionals who has been given this title through the American Gem Society.

Here’s the biggest problem with impostor appraisers: It is not illegal to offer appraising or to impersonate a qualified jewelry appraiser. Once the impostor is caught, sure, they’ll get in trouble, but the real problem, is that even if they did a decent job appraising your jewelry, once caught, the work they did for you becomes unofficial and the money you spent having your items appraised, will have been a waste. You will then have to have your items re-appraised and will have to have all of your documents and paperwork redone to meet the proper requirements and specs.

In summary, the greatest thing you can do, is locate a highly recommended and credible independent certified appraiser who will take great care of you. Protect yourself and don’t become a victim!
Wishing you all the best,
Deborah A Villepigue GG,CSM-NAJA,RMV,APPA,ICGA

The Jewelry Appraiser
1295 Northern Blvd Manhasset, NY 11030
Phone: (516) 365-0888

The Jewelry Appraiser, Deborah Villepigue, Appraises Lady Gaga’s Ring for Lifestyle Magazine Article

The Jewelry Appraiser Appraises Lady Gaga’s diamond ring at $650,000.00.

Lifestyle magazine chose to trust “celebrity jewelry appraiser, Deborah Villepigue” to appraise pop star Lady Gaga’s 5 carat diamond ring.

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Deborah Villepigue Granted Title of Independent Certified Jewelry Appraiser by the American Gem Society

I am honored to have been granted the title of Independent Certified Jewelry Appraiser by the American Gem Society. I am the only appraiser with this title in the entire state of New York. I am held to a high code of ethics. Consumer protection and education is our mission.Our society has developed its own cut, color and clarity standards. The ICGA title is the highest title that can be obtained in the entire jewelry industry. These credentials required extensive education, testing and hard work for many many years.

One of the many requirements to hold this title is the creation of a certified lab.The equipment in this lab is high tech and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.Many years of continuing education is spent learning to calibrate and interpret forensic equipment properly. We have to be vigilant and quicker than the bad guys which requires a great deal of forensic research.

As one of the higher echelon appraisers in the world I have the opportunity to share research and to communicate with my colleagues on a 24 hour basis.

Deborah A. Villepigue GG,RMV,AGA,ICGA
Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser
Accredited Gem Laboratory®
Advanced Personal Property Appraiser
The Jewelry Appraiser Inc.
www.TheJewelryAppraiser.com
1295 Northern Blvd.
Manhasset NY 11030
516-365-0888 (Lab)
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