Shirley Mitchell FGA DGA Ltd
Windsor, England, United Kingdom
Avg. Rating 5.0 (25 reviews)
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Shirley Mitchell FGA DGA Ltd offers a comprehensive, independent and professional jewellery & watch valuation service direct to members of the public (using a home visit service), insurance companies & jewellers (via secure post or at your premises).
Shirley is a member of the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers, the Institute of Registered Valuers, the National Association of Jewellers, the Scottish Gemmological Association, the Society of Jewellery Historians and the National Association of Jewellery Appraisers (USA) which means that she has extensive knowledge and experience in valuing jewellery and watches as well as accessibility to a number of agencies for support should it be necessary when valuing your items.
Clients of Shirley Mitchell FGA DGA Ltd regularly comment on the friendly yet professional approach and service they have received. The service offered by Shirley is very much client focussed and tailored to the needs of the individual as she is committed to providing a high level of customer service. Upon completion of the valuation you will receive a very detailed and comprehensive report which is finished to a very high standard. It will contain photographs and details of each item valued which is easy to read and understand by both the client and insurance companies.
The benefit of having your jewellery valued by an independent jewellery valuer is that they are not affiliated to, or employed by, any insurance company, retail jeweller or company that may have a vested interest in any value placed on an item. If you would like your jewellery valued by someone who has the best interests of the client at the forefront of their mind and has a friendly yet professional approach then please use the contact links at the top of the page for more information.
- Per-item based fees
- Via PayPal
- Full valuation reports start at £120
- AGA, FGA, DGA, PJGemDip
- PJValDip, FIRV
- AIJV, IRV, NAJA
IRV - David Wilkins Award 2013
AIJV - Valuer of the Year 2013
Shirley Mitchell FGA DGA Ltd.
PO Box 4169
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This was the second evaluation that Shirley has done (the first being in 2014) and, once again, the service has been absolutely outstanding. I certainly endorse all of the other comments that I have seen on this website.
Shirley, as before, came to our house and was throughout both very friendly and efficient. The diamonds that she was valueing were purchased wholesale so this was the valuation that she was able to give. In particular, she advised me that I should make sure that our new insurance company could accept such a valuation, as this is not always the case. As a result, I was able to secure an appropriate endorsement on the policy.
One of the diamonds was a re-valuation with a very economical price for doing so. This means that I will have no hesitation in going back to her for any further re-valuations required.
Shirley also independently gave me very helpful advice on the relative merits of various diamond simulants now available on the market and possible methods by which they could be purchased... advice that she was prepared to give without any commercial gain.
I contacted Shirley to value some items, prior to her visit she was very clear about her pricing structure. Shirley undertook the valuation in my home and was friendly and helpful. The whole process was explained and she provided me with advice around all the questions I asked. I would highly recommend Shirley and would happily use her service again.
Wendy Snow. Bromley
Professional & Personal Service in My Home
Shirley visited my home in January 2018. From the moment I opened the door I felt her warmth and friendliness. I had three rings that needed an up-to-date valuation for personal reasons and insurances purposes.
She quickly set to work, just needing a table to set up on and a power socket. She examined my rings very thoroughly and answered any questions I had. After taking photographs and notes on each item she finished in less than an hour. It was so nice not to have to leave my rings and pick them up a week or so later as I have done in the past. Even though she was going away on a trip, Shirley sent through my valuation schedule in a beautiful bound folder within a few days. She also offered to send a pdf version for me to forward to my insurance company.
I am extremely happy with the valuations and Shirley’s professionalism. I will have no hesitation in using her again and thoroughly recommend her services.
William & Deanna. London
My Greatest Compliments
I would like to extend to Shirley my greatest compliments for her recent appraisal work on my wife’s new diamond. Her knowledge and professionalism and manner are absolutely unmatched and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her with the highest confidence. Every detail of her service was exemplary...including her willingness to come to our home in Kensington on a Sunday morning to accommodate an insurance deadline. Shirley couldn’t have been more patient and kind about our questions and, after spending over two hours with us, delivered within 24 hours, a 13 page, hardbound, extremely professional document for our insurance records. But more than all of that, I give Shirley especially high rates for the personal touch she brings to her work. There’s a trust and a likability that’s immediately apparent and I look forward to another opportunity to hire her service!
Nicola Lewis. London
Extremely Quick Efficient Service. Great Value for Money
I had my diamond solitaire engagement ring valuated by Shirley because I needed a certificate for my insurance company as the ring was purchased in Dubai. Shirley came to my house to do the valuation so everything was done in the comfort of my own home. Shirley is extremely friendly, efficient and punctual at what she does. The valuation took only 30 minutes and she emailed me the PDF document of the ring valuation the same day of her visit so I could email the document straight off to my insurance company, which was great. Shirley also posted a hard copy of the certificate to me which came in a very professionally printer folder. I would 100% recommend Shirley to anyone.
Professional & Efficient Valuation
I needed valuations of my late mother’s jewellery and cutlery for probate, and was recommended to Shirley Mitchell by my local jeweller. Shirley arrived promptly with all the equipment that she needed for the valuations. Her manner was friendly and professional. She explained clearly what she was doing and why. Having completed all the necessary procedures, she compiled her report and e-mailed it to me within 24hours, and the paper copy followed in the post the next day.
A First Class Service
Shirley provides a great service, super knowledge, a speedy turn around from visit to report AND is very personable too. What impressed me most about Shirley was her willingness to talk and share information regarding gemstones in general and cutting practices in particular. Knowledge transfer is so often non existent or done in a condescending manner. Far from the case with Shirley, who is very much hands on, even to the extent on getting her hands into the water to assist with cleaning an old ring! You soon realise that she not only has a great depth of experience in her industry, but has a real passion for it too. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Shirley’s Valuation Service.
Thanks for the great customer experience and visit. Super professional. Would definitely recommend.
Faye & Jim. Hampton
Shirley is friendly, helpful and professional. I was also pleased that a diamond ring valuation could take place at my home. Valuation was received the day of visit and hard copy posted the same day. Shirley is a delightful lady and I would highly recommend her valuation service.
Excellent Professional Home Service
Shirley was great. She was with me for a about 30 minutes, examined and photographed and tested the piece. The report was sent via email within 24 hours. Her fees are really reasonable. Overall, a quick professional reasonable service with a smile.
I Wouldn’t Use Anyone Else
I am a gemmologist, a jeweller, a qualified appraiser, but I would not use anyone other than Shirley to value my personal jewellery, she is quite simply the best I know.
Her knowledge and professional practices are exemplary, she goes over and above what is needed in her role. The service she delivers is quality through and through, from how she appraises your jewellery, to the time and care she takes over research even down to the paper she chooses to print on.
In addition, she knows the true value of jewellery, how much it means to you, and treats you and your jewellery as special no matter who you are or what the intrinsic value of your pieces is. She knows the true value of creating a relationship with her clients, and will do anything she can to help you.
Admin: This review has been supplied by a member of the jewellery trade, but is in compliance with the JAW Terms and Conditions. The review relates to the valuation of the Reviewer’s personal jewellery for insurance replacement.
A Warm Welcome & Professional Service
Shirley is friendly, engaging and thoroughly professional. It’s clear that she has significant experience and knowledge in valuing jewellery and the valuation report provided is both comprehensive and well presented. Shirley was also able to provide insight into the Insurance claims process and highlighted some potential pitfalls to be aware of when covering individual items.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Shirley’s services
Shirley is both friendly and professional. Her customer service is excellent as is her knowledge. Communication can’t be faulted and her fees are totally transparent unlike others I’d looked at. I had a home visit and Shirley brought everything required. My valuation report in itself is a thing of beauty! I would recommend her services without hesitation.
A Brilliant Home Service
Shirley is really friendly, helpful and professional. I was particularly pleased that she could value my items in my own home.
I am delighted with her report, which is very comprehensive and included detailed photos and descriptions of my items as well as the values.
Shirley was both personable and professional, my insurance broker gave me her details and I was delighted that she was able to come to my home address. It turned out that Shirley had completed a valuation appraisal for me 3 years ago when I had taken several pieces to my local jewellers for an independent valuation. Although I didnt meet her on that occasion I was impressed with the professional detailed report I received with good photo images.
This time I also had a re-valuation of those items included so everything is currently up to date in one report plus a PDF which I sent to my insurance company. Will definitely be using Shirley again, she certainly knows her stuff!
HP & KK. Marlow
Fantastic Service and Quick Turnaround
Shirley is fantastic and gave us a very quick valuation. The service she gave us was very professional and we received the valuation within 24 hours and in the post the following day. She is a lovely lady and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her for her valuation service.
We had a trilogy diamond engagement ring and diamond earrings valued and condition checked for insurance purposes. Unlike other valuation services, Shirley can attend at your home or work to do the valuation / condition check, rather than taking them away to do the work. We found this to be a rare service as most local and chain jewellers we spoke to needed the jewellery for a couple of weeks to do the valuation. Considering the great service provided, the fees were very reasonable. Shirley was also responsive and it was very easy to arrange an appointment.
Jon & Vicky. Wokingham
Excellent Valuation Service
We have used Shirley for 4 years and have been very pleased with her service, always prompt and efficient. We really appreciate that she come to our home which makes it more personal.
She sends PDF copies of her appraisal which my insurance company accepted and the original documents arrived bound. We would recommend Shirley for anyone needed professional, personal service with a smile.
All-Round First Class Service
Following renewal of an insurance policy and an advised requirement to submit conditions reports and valuations in respect of a number of pieces of jewellery (including watches and an engagement ring) within a limited time-frame, I contacted Shirley to make an inquiry as to how my insurers requirements would be best met. Shirley replied promptly, provided comprehensive advice as to how the valuation / appraisal process would work and gave a firm cost for the work involved. The appraisal / valuation was carried out at my home at the time agreed, with Shirley evidently having undertaken prior research of the pieces and being happy to answer my questions as she worked.
Following the visit Shirley provided a thorough report on each piece (both hard copy and by e-mail), together with invaluable advice as to how the pieces would be best insured, which was subsequently met with agreement by my insurer at minimal cost to me!
I found Shirley to be highly professional in her approach, with all stages of the process being undertaken within agreed timescales and at agreed costs. Shirley was most personable; she clearly enjoys her profession and has a wealth of knowledge, which she was willing to share with me for my benefit. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to others.
Comprehensive Service With A Smile
Shirley came to my house to appraise some jewellery. She tested the items with a complex set of gadgets which gave me confidence that they were what they purported to be when I bought them. She was very thorough and took measurements and photographs. Her report was very well presented and clear. The retail values she put on the items were credible, according within a range of what I had paid for them. At my request she also provided, verbally, realistic (much lower!) values for what I might be paid if I chose to sell them. She was also able to help pointing me in the right direction to obtain alterations and insurance. All in all, I was very satisfied with Shirley's service.
Professional & Very Helpful
Shirley was extremely helpful when I had to provide a gift valuation for Inheritance Tax purposes. She valued a diamond ring for insurance in 2014 and when I requested a further valuation for probate, she researched the HMRC requirements and advised me accordingly. She visited me at home to perform the valuation and sent me a PDF the following day, which I was able to forward to my solicitor.
Shirley went the extra mile to help me in rather difficult circumstances. I would highly recommend her services.
A Truly Professional Service
We have now used Shirley on a few occasions and are very happy with her service. Over the years Shirley has not only carried out valuations but she has also advised us. Most recently we where sold a non-genuine watch and through Shirley's advice and contacts we received a full refund for the watch from the place where we bought it.
When we went to renew our insurance policy we mentioned that Shirley Mitchell had done our valuation, the insurance company needed no further evidence / documents, we were told that she is very well know in the industry and very highly respected and regarded!
B Powell. Walton on the Hill
No Fuss Service
Efficient friendly service, well presented report and valuation, highly recommended.
Thibault. Henley on Thames
A Great Experience
Shirley was recommended to us by our insurance broker and we will definitely turn to her again for future appraisals. Not only was Shirley very professional and efficient but she was also most accommodative. She was thoughtful and considerate too which we enjoyed given the emotional content and sensitivity surrounding the jewellery that needed to be appraised (i.e. my wife’s engagement ring). We are very happy to recommend her services.
Mr H. Woking
Excellent Home Service
Shirley was incredibly helpful in providing an insurance valuation for my wife's engagement ring with very short notice. She travelled over to my house to perform the valuation and had the comprehensive report back to me in just a few days (as a bound, hard copy and digital copy).
Shirley was professional at all times whilst also being very personable. She was running a little late from a previous appointment but phoned me to let me know she was running 5 to 10 minutes behind schedule. In total Shirley was with me for around 30 minutes and the process was completely unobtrusive.
All in all, an excellent service and I would certainly recommend Shirley and will no doubt call upon her services again in the future.