American Gem Society
Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto   •   650 325–3533 SHOP   •   CART
Bay Area Jewelry Appraisal


You may bring in your jewelry for appraisal at any time. You will normally be asked to leave it with us so our appraiser can thoroughly examine, describe and value each item. If you leave fewer than three to five items, you may pick your jewelry within four to five business days. Larger appraisals, of more than five items, normally require a longer period of time and may take up to three to four weeks. Appraisal charges are based upon the amount of time involved; we will give you an estimate before any work is done. Appraisal documents consists of a copy for you, with complete descriptions and photographs of all your jewelry, and a copy for your insurance company.

Appraisals are welcome at our Stanford Shopping Center location.

Jewelry Appraisal FAQ’s

I just inherited a group of jewelry and I don’t even know if it is worth appraising? This is very common question having inherited jewelry and not knowing if it’s worth appraising. Part of our service is to evaluate your jewelry and sort out fine from fashion jewelry help you determine if an appraisal is needed. If you are in doubt about the value of an item, we recommend you bring it in.

What are the different types of appraisals? Insurance Replacement Value: Value of approximate cost to replace or recreate the piece of jewelry. This type of appraisal is usually needed to properly insure jewelry against damage or loss these types of appraisals are generally higher in value than an estate evaluation. Estate Evaluation: Valued at cash value (normally lower than an insurance valuation). This value is based on what a willing buyer and a willing seller would agree to.

What are American Gem Society Standards (AGS)? Arthur Gleim authored the American Gem Society’s first manual on jewelry appraising. Gleims continues to lead the industry in providing the most complete up–to–date appraisal services. Our appraisals are prepared by Certified Gemologist Appraisers (CGA’s) and Certified Gemologists (CG’s). The American Gem Society (AGS) awards these coveted titles only to members who have availed themselves of the exacting studies and successfully passed examinations administered by the Society. CGA’s and CG’s must also keep their titles current by continuing their studies and successfully completing a yearly re-examination.

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