Where do I get an appraisal?
Just call our office and set up an appointment. Or one of our team of appraisers will meet with you at our offices or at one of the many jewelry stores that we visit (please check our event schedule).
Do I need to leave my items for appraisal?
Most appraisals can be done while you wait. You may also leave items if this is more convenient for you.
How long until I receive my appraisal?
Our current lead time to produce the final printed appraisal averages one week. Your appraiser will let you know during the appointment a more accurate time of delivery. Ask about PDF delivery for quickest delivery time.
When do I make payment for an appraisal/Identification?
Payment is required prior to final documents being released and the work completed for that appraisal.
How much do appraisals cost?
Costs for appraisals vary according to the complexity of the item(s) being appraised. Fees are based on the time involved to accurately measure and grade all of the components of the item. The gemologist can give you a quote prior to beginning the appraisal. Appraisal fees are never derived from the appraised value of the item.
What type of items do we appraise?
We appraise all types of jewelry (including antique and vintage), loose diamonds and colored gems, diamond or gemstone parcels and collections, wristwatches and pocket watches.
How often does my insurance company need updates of my jewelry appraisal?
Insurance companies recommend updating appraisals every 5 years. In view of recent increases in diamond, gem stone, and precious metals, though, it is probably safe to say items appraised over 2 years ago are probably under-valued.
Is World Gemological Services a buyer of fine jewelry, diamonds, gem stones or watches?
No. Instead we utilize a number of different price monitoring systems, examining both historical and transactional prices, to determine an appraised item’s value.
Does World Gemological Services offer other services?
We can customize our services based on your needs. Gemological consulting, purchase decision support and many other services are available. For info, please call (949) 646-7004 or email
How long do I have to deliver an appraisal to an insurer?
From the date of completion on the appraisal you typically have thirty (30) days before your insurer may require an updated appraisal. Please check with your agent.
Is there a fee to get an appraisal updated?
There is an additional fee to update your appraisal at a later date. Appraisals must reflect market conditions on the date completed.
How often should an appraisal be updated?
Insurance companies recommend updating appraisals every five (5) years. Ask your agent or provider for details as times may vary between insurers.
What qualifies our appraisers to do appraisals?
Everyone of our appraisers are GIA Graduate Gemologists with many years of experience appraising.
Frequently Asked Questions
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