A Matter of Brilliance is a professional jewelry appraisal company based in Newton, MA, founded by Aimee Berrent, Graduate Gemologist. Our appraisals can be used to:
Last time, we talked about the importance of updating your appraisal. Here are some tips for getting ready for your upcoming appointment.
- Gather the family jewels.
You may think you only have a few pieces of jewelry. Oh, and then there are those bracelets that you inherited. And your silver service. And your mother-in-law’s rings and necklace, which you’re holding for her… You see where we’re going. Make a list of everything you’d like to include. Your appraiser can plan his or her time accordingly.
- Got papers?
Remember all those certificates you got with your diamonds and jewels? Gather them together and have them in one place. While your appraiser will do their own evaluation, these documents may have some basic information, especially for mounted jewelry.
- Cleanliness is next to…well, everything.
Your appraiser will clean your jewels as part of the appraisal, but if you can get the top coat of tarnish off before the appointment, that will help speed things along.
- What was it I wanted to ask?
You know how you always forget one question you go to your doctor? Well, your “jewelry doctor” can answer your questions — but only if you remember to ask them. Write them down as you think of them, so you’ll get all your information at the time of the appointment.
- Know what to expect.
Go in knowing exactly what you’ll get from your appraisal. Clarify it prior to the appointment. For a written appraisal, you should expect:
- The value of the piece
- A digital photograph, along with document of the type and condition of the piece
- A description of the stones, including clarity, cut, and color, measurements and weight
Take these five tips to heart and your appraisal should be a breeze! As always, let me know if there’s anything I can help with. And if you’re ready to book an appraisal, you can do it here.
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