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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

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

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