Where should I have my jewelry appraised?
It’s important to trust the appraisal of your piece to an accredited, highly trained professional who has the right equipment and a reputation for integrity. All of these are key to receiving an accurate appraisal.
Two qualifications to look for include:
- AGS Certified Gemologist Appraiser: This credential means the professional inspecting and appraising your jewelry is one of the topmost authorities with a degree in gemology. In addition to completing advanced training and passing the certification test, they also must routinely pass color vision screenings and recertification.
- GIA Graduate Gemologist: This prestigious credential requires a diploma in gemology and advanced technical expertise in evaluating gemstones by the 4Cs (color, clarity, cut, and carat weight). The Gemological Institute of America created the universal standard for diamond quality.
Before you drop your pieces off to be appraised, ask about the equipment used.
Here at Coffin & Trout, we are fully equipped with all the necessary instrumentation to be an Accredited Gem Lab, and we have both an AGS Certified Gemologist Appraiser and GIA Graduate Gemologist on staff who complete all our appraisals.