Julian Cousins Valuations

Faversham, England, United Kingdom

Avg. Rating Rating 5 star5.0 (16 reviews)

Julian Cousins - Jewellery Appraiser
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About this Valuer

Julian is a friendly, approachable and knowledgeable jewellery valuer based in Kent. He provides a jewellery valuation service on a home or office visit basis in London, Kent and Sussex, so you don’t have to leave your jewellery at a shop. He’ll come to you, carry out his appraisal in the comfort and security of your own home, and your valuation (both hard copy and PDF) will follow a few days’ later.

A visit can usually be scheduled within a couple of weeks of your initial contact and will involve a detailed appraisal of your jewellery, taking 15 to 20 minutes for each item. Where necessary, Julian will clean your jewellery and offer any care or repairs advice. Because they can include important information on stone weights and grades, it is highly desirable to have sight of original purchase receipts, previous aprraisals / valuations, laboratory reports or certificates, so if you have them, please make those available on the day, but don't worry if you don't have any, Julian will make his own assessments as well.

He provides jewellery valuations for Insurance, Probate (Inheritance Tax Assessment or Confirmation of Will), Family Division, or Post Loss Assessment. He has a degree in Fine Art and Antique (Jewellery) Valuation, he has Fellowship and Diamond Membership of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), a Founder Membership of the Academy of Valuers, and is a Founder and current Vice Chair of the Jewellery Valuers Association, so his qualifications and credentials speak for themselves.

Julian is also a published authority on antique silver and his research is referenced by the British Museum: Pierre Harache I (Biographical details).

Send him an email by using the contact links at the top of this page, outlining what you need and he'll get back to you promptly.

 

The Business

Financial

  • Per-item based fees
  • Cards not accepted
  • Full valuation reports start at £115

Qualifications

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  • DGA, FGA, PJGemDip
  • CAT, BA(Hons) Fine Art Valuation, FJVA

Memberships

  • Gem-A
  • JVA

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On-site jewellery valuations

Location

Julian Cousins Valuations
Unit 212
Thunderhill Business Park
Faversham
ME13 9NT

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avatarJensen. Bromley

Review starsNov 2020

A Pleasure from Start to Finish

At every step of the process from initial contact to completion and delivery of the valuation report - Julian has been outstanding. I would strongly recommend anyone to use his services and I will certainly be using them again myself in future.

Expertise / Items Examined: An engagement ring.

avatarMichael. Folkstone

Review starsSep 2020

Professional & Quality Service

I contacted Julian to arrange an insurance valuation for seven items of gold and diamond jewellery. I found him to be professional and knowledgable and pleasant to deal with. I was very impressed with the presentation and detail contained in Julian's valuation report. Julian's valuation of the jewellery was considerably in excess of my expectations, and due to this I am now in a position to increase my valuables insurance cover to a more realistic level. I would not hesitate to recommend Julian's services and would certainly seek his advice on any similar matters in the future.

Expertise / Items Examined: Seven items of gold and diamond jewellery.

avatarSB. Canterbury

Review starsSep 2020

Prompt & Professional Service

Julian valued five rings of differing types and provide a prompt and professional service, clearly very knowledgeable. We were concerned about having the valuations undertaken due to covid-19 restrictions but Julian complied with all our requests, as a result we felt very safe and were impressed with his service.

Expertise / Items Examined: Five rings of different types and stones.

avatarNorman. Broadstairs

Review starsMay 2020

Very Detailed, Professional and Well Presented

The jewellery had been purchased over a number of years and had been periodically re valued for insurance purposes. The last full valuation was done in 2008. Numerous items have been added since then and with this years valuables insurance due for renewal I decided it was time to get the collection revalued. A current valuation from a recognised valuer (within five years) being a requirement of most companies.

Having spoken with Julian on the phone and described the the collection. Which consisted of Rings, necklaces, bracelets and watches we agreed a visit to my house and proceeded on his day rate tariff.

I presented him with the jewellery and supporting documentation that I had. He examined each piece very carefully assessing carefully size,weight, clarity etc. Then photographed each piece. He spent most of the day at my house. On leaving he said that he would be back in touch with the report in 5 days. True to his word I got a call to say the report was ready. I opted to have a digital file (password protected) in addition to a hard copy.

Very pleased with the detail of the report and its professional presentation. The report has been has enabled me to change providers for our Jewellery cover.

Expertise / Items Examined: A range of diamond, sapphire, gold, and pearl jewellery, several of which were bespoke items, made for my wife.

avatarHK. Canterbury

Review starsMar 2020

Exceptional Knowledge, Professional, Friendly

I needed an updated appraisal of a collection of family jewellery for insurance purposes. I was impressed by absolutely everything. Julian’s speedy responses to my enquiry, his efficiency in booking an appointment, punctuality, courtesy and friendliness are outstanding. I appreciated having a home visit; I was loath to risk damage or loss of items when taking them elsewhere. Above all I appreciated Julian’s outstanding expertise, knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. His approach was extremely thorough; I found his evaluations most interesting and informative and he gave me valuable advice on the care/ importance of specific items.

It was a relief to have such a thorough review -presented also in a detailed written and beautifully presented report. I unreservedly recommend Julian. His knowledge and expertise is truly outstanding as is the quality of the professional service he gives.

Expertise / Items Examined: A collection of family jewellery.

avatarNE. East Sussex

Review starsFeb 2020

Excellent & Professional Service

We needed an update on an outdated insurance valuation and on some additional items. I found Julian Cousins online and after realising that he also values for reputable jewellers in the area, contacted him. From start to finish, he was professional and it was obvious that he took a great deal of care and joy in his job. The website provided information that was relevant and useful. Contact with Julian was easy so that arrangements were made efficiently and quickly. It does take a leap of faith to invite a complete stranger into your home to value your most precious possessions, and Julian’s manner gave me complete confidence in him. I would highly recommend Julian and would use him again in the future and would not hesitate in recommending his service to others!

Expertise / Items Examined: A collection of jewellery and watches.

avatarM&P. Ashford

Review starsJan 2020

Outstanding Service and Advice

This is the first time we have needed a valuation for our insurance. Julian was very helpful over the phone with my questions and explained how the home visit would work. Julian was a extremely professional, he is very skilled and knowledgeable in his area of expertise and we would not hesitate in referring him to friends for his services. We will be using again and only thankful we found him online. Highly recommended.

Expertise / Items Examined: Engagement ring.

avatarL.Large. Kent

Review starsJan 2020

Outstanding Service (for the 2nd time)

Julian has valued jewellery for me before and the service was absolutely fantastic. So, having recently added to my collection, I knew exactly who I needed to get in touch with. As before, Julian was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and professional. We arranged another home visit which is a fantastic service. Having my jewellery valued in the comfort and security of my own home definitely beats having to leave my items at a shop. Julian’s knowledge is amazing and the passion he has is clear to see - he really is amazing at what he does. I have received a detailed and beautifully presented valuation and am once again an extremely satisfied customer. I would have absolutely no hesitations in recommending Julian for any jewellery appraisals you are looking to have done. Thank you Julian for your outstanding service once again!

Expertise / Items Examined: A collection of jewellery.

avatarDoug Playford. Northfleet

Review starsOct 2019

Outstanding Service

We had a valuation from Julian on our 2 Tiffany rings for insurance purposes and I would not hesitate to recommend his services, the valuation was exceptionally well presented and Julian was highly professional - could not ask for more - well done.

Expertise / Items Valued: Tiffany diamond rings.

avatarDavid. Faversham

Review starsMay 2019

Excellent Service

Having recently changed home insurers I had a single item to be valued. I am very pleased with the service received. The home visit was prompt, professional and friendly. The advice received informative including advice on a repair. The report received is well laid out and detailed with excellent pictures. I now feel confident that should anything happen to this item, I have ample evidence to backup a claim.

avatarN.Spanner. Westgate on Sea

Review starsApr 2019

Appraisal for Insurance

Not having had an appraisal for many years and also having added some items during that time, it was obvious we were due for an up-to-date appraisal for insurance purposes. We were recommended to use Julian Cousins and made an appointment for him to visit our home at Westgate on Sea. We could not have been more pleased with the whole experience, with Julian’s prompt arrival and pleasant manner and also we were totally confident with placing the whole process in his hands. An added bonus was also that he noticed faults with the clasps on the engagement ring and we were able to get these repaired before a disaster occurred. We are happy that Julian gave us a 100% service and would not hesitate in recommending his service to others.

avatarV.Sparrowhawk. Whitstable

Review starsMar 2019

Outstanding!

It was a pleasure to meet Julian and use his evaluation services. From the point of contact the whole process was nothing less than professional. Julian is extremely experienced and knowledgeable. As I am very much a novice at this Julian, helped make the process straight forward and comfortable. I would highly recommend Julian and would use him again in the future!

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avatarStephen. Horley

Review starsJan 2019

Very Friendly & Professional Service

The item was a diamond solitaire ring. From the initial conversation to receipt of the bound valuation, the service provided was friendly and professional. The website provided information that was relevant and useful. Contact with Julian by telephone and email was easy so that arrangements were made efficiently and quickly. As it was necessary to meet a deadline required by the insurers the initial pdf copy of the valuation was sent simultaneously to me and to the broker as soon as it was ready. The bound and printed copy of the valuation was of excellent quality and well presented.

avatarJohn. Ashford

Review starsJan 2019

Friendly, Knowledgable, Professional

Julian was outstanding from our very first enquiry, he replied quickly and was able to fit us in for a valuation at short notice and around our busy schedule. Julian is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. He was happy to answer all of our questions and would patiently explain everything to us in great detail. He took his time to ensure a thorough and accurate valuation was given for each of the items and this was beautifully presented when returned to us. We highly recommend Julian, and will most certainly be using him again in the future.

avatarL.Large. Kent

Review starsJan 2019

Absolutely fantastic!

Julian was fantastic from start to finish! I received an extremely quick responses to all of my questions prior to booking a home visit and nothing was too much trouble. Julian is extremely professional and knowledgeable, he carried out a thorough review of my jewellery and provided a detailed valuation which is presented beautifully.
I would definitely recommend Julian if you are looking for a trusted and professional jewellery valuer. I will certainly be in touch again if I end up adding to my jewellery collection.

avatarPJ. Maidstone

Review starsOct 2018

Very Professional

I engaged Julian for a Jewelry valuation for insurance purposes in October 2018 and would not hesitate to use him again. I found him to be a friendly and confidence inspiring professional. I would recomend his services to anyone looking for a jewelry valuation.