There are many reasons you might need a jewellery appraisal. For example, you might want to sell a piece of jewellery and would like to be sure you are getting a fair price.
Or you might be updating your home insurance policy and want to ensure that your valuable jewellery and watches are adequately covered. Or maybe you are considering donating a jewellery to your local museum and need to know how much you can claim as a tax relief.
For each of these scenarios, you need a professional appraiser.
In order to expedite your upcoming appraisal, there are several things you can do to prepare:
Decide which items you want to have appraised.
Ensure that items located in the safe, basement, closets etc. are open for view.
Put all things of like kind together such as flatware, crystal, and dinnerware services.
Make sure there is adequate lighting.
Gather any receipts, sales slips, or earlier appraisals and place them near the appropriate items. Jewellery boxes are of great importance as well. Make certain to have them available for the appraisal meeting.
Gather any historical information or family history that relates to the items being appraised. This might include articles or books that refer to the artwork, exhibition catalogues, family letters, conservation/restoration reports, or names of family member from whom the work descended.
If there is a will, please ensure that all items specifically bequeathed in the will are available for inspection.