An appraisal is an opinion – backed and supported by training, equipment and experience – of authenticity, quality design, and value of a piece of jewelry. Most people commonly believe that the declared price is the most important aspect of an appraisal, but the detailed description of the jewelry is what protects you the most.

R.C. Wahl Jewelers offers comprehensive appraisal services by Graduate Gemologists trained by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).  Jewelry appraisals and laboratory reports are two important types of reports about your gemstones and jewelry, but they are not the same documents and should be provided separately for your items.
Our appraisers are highly trained specialists in the areas of antique and estate jewelry, buying and evaluations, insurance replacements, and customized appraisal services. Following a strict code of ethics governed by international organizations such as the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Council for Responsible Jewelry Practices, and Jewelers of America, our associates are committed to promoting responsible business practices in a clear and accountable manner throughout the jewelry industry. Our services include:

  • Insurance appraisals
  • Tax, estate and probate appraisals
  • Grading for cut, clarity, color, carat weight
  • Gemstone identification
  • Private consultations by appointment only, to arrange an appointment with one of      our specialists, please call 847.824.2025

Some information about appraisal documents

A jewelry appraisal can be done on any item of jewelry, regardless of the composition, style, or condition. The purpose of a jewelry appraisal is to assign a dollar value for an item, often for insurance purposes. An appraisal might also be necessary to settle an estate or other valuation procedures or also be used to verify an item’s true market value before making a purchase. Market values change, so we recommend you have fine jewelry appraisals updated approximately every three years. The process should always include the following detail:

  • Each piece of jewelry is cleaned, weighed, measured and described in detail.
  • Picture of gems.
  • Gemstones are identified, graded, measured, and described in gemological and      narrative detail.
  • Colored gemstone certificates will be provided for colored stones when appropriate.
  • Metal content will be determined.
  • Your appraisal will have color photos of the items.

Labratory Reports

A laboratory or grading report describes an unmounted gemstone. Reports differ for diamonds and colored gems, but documentation includes specifics about carat weight and dimensions, color and clarity grades, and items relating to the gemstone’s cut and shape.  This information will be included in appraisals and should be provided for review at the time of appraisal.