Californian Jewelry Appraisers & Gemologists
The Jewelry Appraisers, Gemologists and Gem Labs listed here cover the West coast of California, specifically the cities of San Diego (and its tri-city area), Los Angeles, Pasadena and the San Francisco Bay area.
Jewelry appraisal services may be available to cities and towns within reach in the Counties of Imperial, Riverside, Orange, Kern, Ventura and San Bernardino.
Click the "View Profile" button on the Appraisers' listings below to view their full profile. This displays their credentials, appraisal fees, gallery, client reviews, an outline of their appraisal & gemological services and advice on how you can do business with them.
The Appraisers below are arranged in order of the number of customer reviews they have received.
San Diego Gem Lab
San Diego, California
San Diego Gemological Laboratory (SDGL) offers you a personalized experience that serves your specific jewelry appraisal need and can go further to satisfy your interest and curiosity about your unique item(s).
While working on your appraisal SDGL can help you discover more than just value. Your jewelry is not just a diamond or a gem. It reflects your life experiences or possibly those of past family members. Jewelry can reflect historical periods and contain clues to it′s past through cutting styles, quality of workmanship, design periods... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Cal Coast Jewelry Appraisers
Carlsbad, California, USA
As a skilled professional Jewelry Appraiser and Gemologist, Kathleen Turner, GG (GIA), takes pride in her work and provides high quality valuation documents for private clients and jewelers in the Carlsbad area. This truly independent jewelry appraisal company does not buy, sell or broker jewelry, diamonds, gemstones, watches or related products. You can be certain of independent advice and assessments that are totally unbiased and without prejudice.
Personal consultations in this company's gem lab, provide onsite gem identification and diamond grading... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Irvine, California, USA
Vickie Adams is a highly qualified Independent, accredited gem and jewelry appraiser and Graduate Gemologist (GIA in residence) heading Adams Appraisers. Her experience in the appraisal field is vast, teaching courses in the extension program at the University of California Irvine when Appraisal Studies program was active. Her office and certified gem lab is in Irvine. She serves jewelry-owning clients in the immediate area of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and San Clemente.
An on-site service is available to local clients and those further ... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
American Gemological Appraisals
Whittier, California, USA
American Gemological Appraisals (AGA) is located within the QBC Jewelers building in Whittier and is owned and operated by Craig Sperling, RGA. Craig has over 40 years of professional appraisal experience in the jewelry and diamond trade. A same-day appraisal service is available from their Whittier location, without the need for an appointment. Your precious items are initially examined by the Gemologists and Appraisers, Craig Sperling or Guillermo Oliva, and the purpose and scope of your appraisal requirements are discussed and agreed before... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Fine Jewelry Appraisals and Consulting, LLC
Los Altos, California
Carole Richbourg, GG, FGA, ASA, Master Gemologist Appraiser® is an independent jewelry appraiser serving the Santa Clara and San Mateo metropolitan areas from her office and laboratory in Los Altos. She has been a full-time appraiser since 1989 and has over thirty years of experience in the jewelry industry in all its many facets including retail sales, appraising, jewelry design and jewelry fabrication.
The most popular reason to get a jewelry appraisal is for insurance coverage. A detailed appraisal report describing your jewelry and its worth... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Gem Appraisals Unlimited, LLC
Master Gemologist Appraiser® and Accredited Senior Appraiser Teri Brossmer, heads this highly respected Californian jewelry appraisal practice that performs jewelry valuation, diamond grading and gemstone identification.
Ms. Brossmer's client base is diverse, providing valuation services for law enforcement regarding seized and forfeited property as well as litigation and dispute settlement support in the legal arena, and identification and valuation for individuals seeking insurance coverage or appraisal of their jewelry for estate tax returns... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Guild Laboratories, INC.
Los Angeles, California
From the mines and markets of Africa, Asia and S. America to the offices and shops of Los Angeles & New York City, Charles I. Carmona, GG, ASA, has spent over 35 years learning and living the gemstone and jewelry trades. Along with his ever-growing technical expertise, he applies those skills and experiences to his practice as a professional gemologist. Whether you have a simple one-piece appraisal or a development project involving years to complete, you′ll get the same quality of attention.
The Guild Laboratories, based in Los Angeles, CA... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Jewelry Judge Los Angeles
The Jewelry Judge Los Angeles is owned and operated by Geoffrey Nelson, GG (GIA), who has over 30 years experience in the jewelry and diamond profession. A same-day and while-you-wait jewelry appraisal service is offered to private clients from his office and gem lab in Pasadena. You will typically leave your appointment with your precious items and a detailed professionally produced appraisal, thus meaning that you are never without your jewelry or watches and gives you the opportunity to participate in the appraisal process. All reports are produced... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Types of Jewelry Appraisals
Only those specifically referred to on this page are described here
Further types will be mentioned on the Appraisers' profile pages as there are several other types of appraisal reports, each with its own particular wording, purpose, objectives and resulting values. For an expanded list of valuation types, go to the Appraisal Definitions page.
Estate Tax (commonly requested) - Estate appraisals prepared to help determine estate tax must meet specific standards outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations and / or the specific regulations of each specific State. For Federal estate tax purposes, the Fair Market Value, as specifically defined by the tax code, is provided based on the methodology and to the level of detail required by the IRS. Recent Tax Court rulings require that these appraisals must meet very specific criteria. This type of jewelry appraisal is very demanding and requires an Appraiser with a high level of education, training and experience in order to help avoid significant tax penalties and possible sanctions by the IRS. Specific value definition and requirements vary between States.
Insurance Replacement (routinely requested) - Replacement value appraisals are intended to be used for scheduled insurance coverage of jewelry and watches. The descriptions are usually the most detailed of any appraisal type and include the quality and condition of the item as well as the cut, color, clarity and carat weight (calculated or estimated) of gemstones and diamonds. When appropriate, the age or historical provenance may also be considered as value elements. Depending on the specifics of the item being appraised, the replacement value may be based on the analysis of sales for similar ‘new’ items of like kind and quality or sales of ‘used’ (vintage) items of comparable kind, quality and utility.
Other cites in California that are listed on JAW: Beverly Hills, Escondido, Fremont, Glendale & Burbank, Huntington Beach, Mountain View & Los Altos, Milpitas, Menifee, Oceanside, Ontario & Glendora, Palo Alto, Pomona, Sacramento, Salinas, San Mateo, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara , Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Santa Monica, Stockton Temecula & Murrieta and Walnut Creek.