Loughton, England, UK
Avg. Rating 5.0 (37 reviews)
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This business is owned and operated by Gemmologist and Independent Jewellery Valuer Valentina Scuderini FGA, who speaks fluent English and Italian. Valuations are carried out at Jewels Valuation's office in the Epping Forest area in Essex, at your home or at a third-party office in Hatton Garden, London.
Valuations are prepared for all types of jewellery (modern, antique and period items), loose gems, diamonds and watches. Valuations for all purposes are available according to your needs, these include: Valuation for Insurance, Probate, Liquidation etc. All re-valuations of this company's previous assessments are carried out at a significantly lower fee, as most of the details of the items will have already been established.
The examination of your items can be carried out at any of the following locations, by appointment only:
- The Loughton office - You can leave your items safely and collect once the appraisal has been carried out, or if you prefer, you may wait while the inspection of your items is performed.
- Your home - This business has portable gemmological equipment that can be brought to your home or office.
Your comprehensive and detailed report will follow in a few days once the research and value calculations has been completed.
Valentina studied statistics before becoming a Goldsmith in her home country, Italy. This experience and knowledge greatly assists in her ability to define jewellery methods of manufacture and correctly identifying the period in which the item was made and its construction.
Ms Scuderini has studied gemmology, diamond grading and jewellery design and construction in many of the diamond centres of the world, including London, Tel Aviv and Antwerp. She has studied with the International Gemological Institute (IGI), Institute of Diamond, Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A). Valentina's broad knowledge of the jewellery trade assists her greatly in the appraisal and valuation of your jewellery and in the preparation of your valuation report and her expert witness reports.
To find out more about Jewels Valuation's services and to book an appointment, please contact Valentina using the contact links at the top of this page
Valentina è un'esperta di gioielli impegnata a fornire servizi di valutazione personalizzati, approfonditi e soprattutto etici.
Dopo aver studiato statistica all'università e aver lavorato per diversi anni in una società di consulenza ‘Big Five’, ha deciso di seguire la sua vera passione: la gioielleria. Da allora, ha studiato in tutto il mondo, prendendosi il tempo per sviluppare una conoscenza olistica dell'industria del gioiello e per comprenderne ogni fase del percorso di lavorazione: dal concetto e design fino alla produzione e alla vendita.
In Italia - a Milano e a Roma - si è formata come orafo, disegnando e creando in prima persona pezzi originali in oro. Nel contempo ha sviluppato le competenze tecniche per riconoscere la provenienza storica e geografica di un gioiello.
Il fascino per la storia del gioiello e il suo desiderio di ampliare le sue conoscenze l'hanno portata in giro per il mondo; ha studiato diamanti, gemme e gioielli antichi presso l'Istituto Gemmologico di Anversa, Tel Aviv e Londra. Il suo percorso di apprendimento continua ancor oggi, affianco al suo lavoro - leggendo ed ampliando la sua collezione personale di libri di gioielleria, frequentando corsi di specializzazione a Londra, visitando mercatini di gioelleria antica e aste alla ricerca di pezzi interessanti da studiare o da restaurare.
Fornisce valutazioni nel suo ufficio di Loughton, Essex, a Hatton Garden presso lo studio di Tanospitfire o attraverso visite a domicilio.
- FGA Diploma di Gemmologia
- GIA Diploma Diamante
- IGI Diploma Diamante
- Institute of Diamond Tel-Aviv Diploma Diamante
- IGI Diploma Perle
- Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana
- Private Practice & Trade Valuer
- Business mix: Valuer and Expert Witness
- Principal + 0 staff valuers
- Mon - Sun: 9am to 7pm
- Home visits & at Valuer's office
- Per-item based fees
- Cards not accepted
- Full valuation reports start at £45
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- Gem-A, GIA
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- Free, on-site
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Also at Hatton Garden, London.
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All reviews have been verified. The Jewellery Appraiser has confirmed the validity of the report details provided by the Reviewer but did not see the Reviewers rating or review text during the validation process. This produces unbiased, reliable and genuine reviews.
Very professional and in detail and thorough valuation.
Expertise / Items Examined: Diamond jewellery & Indian gold jewellery.
Great Friendly Service
Val knows her stuff and is very efficient. She is very friendly and easy to reach.
Expertise / Items Examined: Watches and gold jewellery
We were very displeased that our Insurers insisted on our obtaining a valuation from only a specific, and therefore limited, organisation, rather than being able to go to a local well established jeweller, a member of an alternative association.
Accordingly, we therefore identified Valentina, as a local option, and went to her with reservations.
How wrong could we have been? This lady, working from home, was very professional, very pleasant, and clearly it was evident, by the time we spent with her, she was extremely knowledgeable, and highly respected in the jewelry world. In a short time, all our reservations were set aside, and we could highly recommend her. Indeed we will undoubtedly use her services in the future, and for services aside from our insurers valuation requirements. Incidentally, we found her charges very reasonable.
Expertise / Items Examined: My wife's eternity ring.
I was so delighted to find Valentina. She was so professional and has so much knowledge of diamonds. Highly highly reccomended
Expertise / Items Examined: Necklace.
E. T. L. Boston
Prompt Professional Probate Valuation
I needed to have a number of jewelry items valued for probate. Ms. Scuderini answered my initial questions very promptly. She returned my call and emails within a day and described the probate valuation process perfectly and in a friendly manner.
Upon valuing the jewelry items, Ms. Scuderini called me to review each item. She took great care to provide comparable values and her report was absolutely perfect. I had a number of questions, which she took time to answer for me and returned each of my emails and calls.
The probate report is much more detailed than others I have had done in the past. Ms. Scuderini went out of her way to assist me with this difficult process. I would highly recommend her company and her services.
Expertise / Items Examined: Gold chain with diamond, watch, additional diamond jewellery.
I needed a valuation of a watch for insurance purposes, and Valentina was recommended by my insurance broker as the person she used herself. Valentina's service was outstanding from start to finish. She was very flexible on timing and location. She was very clear on the basis of valuation, and everything was done exactly on schedule. I will be using her again in the future, and I can thoroughly recommend her highly for anyone else as well.
Expertise / Items Examined: Watch
I found Jewels Valuation searching on the internet. Valentina was very professional, efficient, friendly and helpful. We met at her office where I presented a selection of rings, watches and necklaces following the death of my mother. I needed a probate valuation. Valentina carefully looked at all the items, took professional photos and did the necessary research to check hallmarks, dates and quality of items. She was very polite, respectful, and appreciated that the items had belonged to a loved one. She provided the probate report very quickly and was very fair with her fees.
I would definitely recommend her services and return to her for any future business needs. A very nice lady.
Expertise / Items Examined: A diamond ring and a 1920's dress watch. Other miscellaneous rings, jade necklace, earrings, gold brooch, necklace and earrings.
I needed a new valuation for my wife' engagement ring as previous one had expired. I contacted my insurance company and they recommended Valentina and what a brilliant recommendation.
The process was extremely simple and after a few email exchanges it was arranged that Valentina would come and examine the piece of Jewellery at my home. The whole process took less than an hour and Valentina was extremely knowledgeable explain ing what she was doing throughout the process. It was really interesting to discuss the diamond and intricacies of it. Few days later I received my comprehensive valuation.
I must say when you own expensive items of Jewellery you don't always want to leave them in a jewellers for 2 or 3 days. I guess for me trust is a big thing and knowing who is the right person to use and I must say I trust Valentina 100%. She also went the extra mile I discussed my watch collection with me and helped me out with that. Brilliant amazing service.
Expertise / Items Examined: Diamond engagement ring.
Valentina did a valuation for me of 5 pieces of jewellery belonging to my late grandmother for a probate. She is really knowledgeable and friendly, and her turnaround times are amazing. She explained to me step by step what she was doing and it was very instructive. I found the pictures to be really good too. I would warmly recommend this business.
Expertise / Items Examined: 5 piece of jewellery.
Valuation For Divorce
Excellent service in a very difficult moment. She valued 3 rings and 1 brooch. Discrete and sensible. Highly recommend.
Expertise / Items Examined: 3 rings and 1 brooch.
I found my experience with Vale to be extremely pleasant. I visited her to get an engagement ring valuation for insurance purposes. Vale was very professional, knowledgeable and walked me through the process which gave me a lot of comfort. I received the appraisal docs within the week and was impressed with how thorough the detail was. Would highly recommend and will be using again.
Expertise / Items Examined: Diamond Engagement Ring.
Professional, Knowledgable, Fast
I had a variety of jewellery of my Late Mother to value for Probate; arranging a quick appointment was easy, and Valentina did a very professional job at a very reasonable price. She explained everything she was doing as she assessed each item, and the whole process was fascinating and enjoyable which I had not expected.
Expertise / Items Examined: A collection of antique jewellery.
Valentina is fantastic to work with, highly professional and friendly. Did a great appraisal on my watches. She goes through stages of appraisal so you understand each step, and reviews document with you prior to finalising. Excellent and would work with again and higly recommend to anyone else.
Expertise / Items Examined: Watches
Professional, Knowledgable & Very Helpful. 5* Service 100% Recommend
I Wanted to appraise and verify a diamond ring I had bought abroad to ensure I received what I had paid for. Valentina was extremely flexible and accommodating with her appointments and I instantly felt comfortable with how everything was handled. I arrived to a very friendly valentina which was great as I was nervous taking such an expensive item to a place I had never been. Valentina is a great listener, we sat down and she listened and understood exactly what I wanted and what choices I was considering (sell, remake or insure) and was able to give me valuable advice by leaning on her vast experience and contacts. Her insight was detailed, factual and valuable. With all the analysis carried out on the ring she was able to show me and explain clearly the characteristics of the diamond and I felt a thorough analysis was carried out, she also handled the piece with great care. Overall valentina was brilliant, I felt the service I received was bespoke and for valentina it is about bringing value to the customer and not just about the money. I felt as though I took a huge amount of value from my appointment and I was able to make an informed decision by leaning on valentina's expertise. I decided to insure the ring and the process was easy and I received a professional valuation document which I am very happy with within a week. I will definitely be using valentina again and cannot recommend her enough! Thank you valentina!
Expertise / Items Examined: Diamond engagement ring that was purchased abroad.
HC Woodford. London
Great service! Highly recommended!
Valentina came to my home to value three rings which had belonged to my mum. I needed a new valuation for insurance purposes as the previous valuation was 16 years out of date!
The whole process was very smooth from start to finish. Valentina gave me the choice of going to her Loughton office or to come to mine, at my convenience. I had not realised that valuing jewellery involved so many different aspects. Valentina demonstrated expertise and an impressive breadth of knowledge as she explained each step. It was both interesting and informative. Valentina is extremely efficient and also very friendly. She inspires confidence. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs a valuation.
Expertise / Items Examined: Two diamond rings and one pink sapphire ring with diamonds.
Joanna G. London
Excellent Service - Highly Recommended
Vale visited my house to value a collection of jewellery for insurance purposes and was diligent and thorough in researching the pieces. She has excellent knowledge and it was a pleasure to discuss the items with her and learn more about them. The final report was thorough providing detailed information on each of the pieces and delivered on time. From start to finish, the service Vale provided was professional, expert, efficient and personable and I would highly recommend her services to undertake jewellery valuations
Expertise / Items Examined: A collection of jewellery
Excellent and Friendly service
Valentina visited our home to value my husbands watch and is extremely knowledgable and highly qualified in her subject. As well as this she is very friendly. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing items valued.
Expertise / Items Examined: A Rolex watch.
Madison C. Cambridge
Valentina visited my home to value three diamond pieces. She was super quick to respond to my initial query and was flexible with appointment times to accommodate my schedule. The entire process was a fantastic experience! She really took her time to properly evaluate each piece and answered all my questions along the way. Valentina is incredibly knowledgeable and kind! I could not recommend her enough!
Expertise / Items Examined: Diamond earrings and two diamond necklaces.
R Urquhart. London
Super professional and friendly - knows her stuff. Reliable and responsible. Highly recommend.
Expertise / Items Examined: Sapphire and diamond ring.
Wonderful Service and Educative Experience
I had some items to be valued for insurance purposes and I found Valentina online and chose her because of her reviews and because she is local to me. What a find! She responded immediately and we were able to arrange the meeting very quickly. I had the most enjoyable and educative experience. The five items I had intended to have valued extended to nine items through our conversations on the process she followed to appraise and value the diamond items I had brought. There was even some detective work involved when one vintage item turned out to actually be an Edwardian era conversion. I am now armed with so much more knowledge and insight that my rummaging through auctions will be even more enjoyable and rewarding. As well as being an extremely experienced and qualified expert, Valentina is a really warm, friendly and engaging person who makes the whole process a fantastic journey into the provenance and facts around your jewellery, and an education and insight into the world of jewels. I have read and reread the valuation report as it is so interesting. I would not hesitate to recommend her and I look forward to having a reason to see her again soon.
Expertise / Items Examined: Nine diamond items (one including sapphires), ranging from antique to modern, including earrings, bracelets and rings.
Keith P. Welling
Amazing, Highly Highly Recommended
Val is amazing and very knowledgeable. She came to our home to advise on a stone we have a in ring which we knew had diamonds in a platinum setting along with a green stone in the middle we had no idea except we knew that it was not an Emerald. She spent time with us looking at the ring and running various non damaging tests and said that the stone was a green tourmaline....... amazing service, very conscious of current covid circumstances and wore a mask all the time she was in the house. Val is very pleasant to spend time with and extremely knowledgeable on jewels - we would 100% recommend and use again if we needed too.
Expertise / Items Examined: A green tourmaline and diamond ring.
Valentina appraised my gold watch. She was very quick and very professional. She arrived with 2 trolleys full of instruments. I come from Italy so talking Italian was a real pleasure!
Expertise / Items Examined: My gold Rolex watch.
Valentina was professional and her expertise in this field shone through and I trust her to value further items in the future. I would recommend Valentina to my friends and family.
Expertise / Items Examined: A collection of jewellery.
AC. Buckhurst Hill
Excellent Professional Service
Valentina visited my home to value my wife's engagement ring. She arrived with a loads of equipment and provided a very thorough and professional assessment of the ring. She clearly has a huge amount of knowledge and experience and took time to explain everything throughout the process. The comprehensive valuation document arrived the next day to enable me to insure the ring. I would thoroughly recommend Valentina.
Expertise / Items Examined: Diamond engagement ring.
Hannah McD. London
Vale did a probate valuation for me and my family. She was a consummate professional and did the work quickly - I had the valuation document the next day! She is clearly very knowledgeable and highly skilled and also really lovely, which helps! Thank you very much, Vale!
Expertise / Items Examined: Probate Valuation.
Clyde Abela. London
Engagement Ring Valuation
Had a great experience with Valentina overall. I had my wife's engagement ring valued by Valentina for insurance purposes. I went to her home and Valentina explained the process and answered my questions whilst she carried out the valuation. She sent me the valuation report the day after, as she had promised. Highly recommended.
Expertise / Items Examined: Engagement ring with diamond solitaire
Barry C. London
Highly Professional & Personal Service
Valetina carried out a thoroughly professional appraisal and was very helpful in visiting my house to personally carry out the valuation with her portable equipment.
She provided a detailed description (including photographs) and a substantial technical analysis in her report which is to be used for insurance purposes with a very quick turnaround.
I would have no hesitation in recommending her for this type of work
Expertise / Items Examined: A diamond engagement ring.
A Professional Service Made Easy
I needed 6 items to be valued for insurance purposes, ranging from diamond rings to watches, new to vintage. Valentina replied promptly to my initial enquiry and came to my house within days. She was very easy to get on with, thorough and clear in her explanations. She talked me through the whole process as I didn't know what to expect and I had the report in my hands within a week. I would highly recommend Valentina.
Expertise / Items Examined: Diamond & gold rings, a vintage gold bracelet and a gold watch.
Bespoke Engagement Ring
I had inherited a diamond and platinum engagement ring that I needed valued for insurance purposes. The ring was adapted around 30/40years after it was first made and this was picked up on so I could tell that Vale knew her stuff. Every task undertaken to value the ring was explained to me and Vale even tried to educate me into what we were both looking at. She is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and friendly. I have already recommended her to friends and family for when they need valuations.
Expertise / Items Examined: Diamond and platinum engagement ring
B Compton. London
Engagement Ring Valuation
I required a valuation of my wife's diamond engagement ring for my home insurance. I found Vale online and after speaking to her on email and then in person I knew I was in safe hands. Vale was excellent from start to finish - explaining every detail of the process / her findings and then providing me with a very detailed report a day or so later. Clearly an expert in her field - her qualifications and knowledge make this very obvious to anyone - what sets Vale apart is her polite, friendly and very professional manner. I will certainly be using her again and will be recommending to my family and friends.
Expertise / Items Examined: My wife's white gold and diamond engagement ring
Valentina was a Pleasure to Deal With
Valentina provided us with a valuation of my wife's engagement ring for insurance purposes. She was very helpful, efficient and honest and provided a thorough service checking the reported quality of the stone and issuing a valuation promptly. She also made to the time to visit us in order to do the valuation. We will certainly turn to Valentina again in future, thank you!
Expertise / Items Examined: Diamond engagement ring.
Giulio Aquilina. London
Professionalism and Kindness
Valentina is very professional and reliable but also very kind and friendly. I needed her service to get the evaluation of a push present and she has been very helpful and responsive, I gave her a very short notice and she managed to sort the issue in a moment. I also had some very useful advice about an insurance matter, which used to be my work, but Jewellery was not my specialisation. Thank you Valentina.
Expertise / Items Examined: Push present, necklace
I had to get some rings valued for probate, and Vale provided a great service, with clear and concise explanations, and reporting. I would recommend Vale to anyone in a similar situation.
Expertise / Items Examined: Four gold rings of varying quality and value.
Professional, Dedicated and Reliable
Valentina reviewed some jewellery that my aunt had left in her will. She was very quick to respond to my query and the service she provided was excellent. She examined the jewellery carefully and followed up with a report a few days later. The report she provided was detailed and clear. I strongly recommend Valentina and will happily use her for any future jewellery appraisals.
Expertise / Items Examined: Pendants, rings, earrings etc. (left as part of a family member's estate).
I found Valentina through a Google search and couldn't be happier with the level of service provided. Valentina was welcoming and explained the valuation process clearly. The valuation was detailed and produced promptly. I would recommend Valentina to anyone needing a jewellery valuation.
Expertise / Items Examined: 1910 diamond ring.
For Me She is Just the Best!
Mrs Valentina Scuderini has been doing valuations for my business on a regular basis for a few months now. She carefully inspects my pieces of jewellery, does her research, and then she writes down what she thinks about the piece: its era, if originally it was something else(like as it first was a brooch or the part of a tiara), if it is a rare piece, and even if that was previously already for sale somewhere, like in auctions, and of course how much it worths and therefore how much I can get from it. Her evaluations allow me to be confident about my pieces, to give details of them to my clients, and to be sure about what I am selling. Having her by my side upgraded my business, because my clients trust me even more, since they know my pieces have been previously inspected by a professional valuer. Valentina is a kind and honest professional and I definitely recommend her!
Expertise / Items Examined: Rings, necklaces, brooches etc
A & F. London
Valentina provided an extremely professional, reliable and friendly service throughout. We have no hesitation in highly recommending Jewels Valuation.
Expertise / Items Examined: Two diamond rings.