Fine Jewelry Appraisals and Consulting, LLC

Los Altos, California, USA

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Carole Richbourg - Jewlery Appraiser
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About this Appraiser

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 assure you of a comparable replacement in case of loss and facilitates a stress-free settlement process. Appraisals are generally performed on items valued in excess of $500 or on items that have unusual sentimental value.

With the popularity of Internet purchasing and all the potential risks it entails, appraisals take on an even greater importance. Carole, being an experienced independent Gemologist Appraiser, can verify that diamonds and other jewelry match the certification or appraisal supplied by the vendor. Estimates on all appraisal fees are quoted at the time jewelry is presented.

Other appraisals carried out by Fine Jewelry Appraisals and Consulting, LLC include: Estate tax, divorce settlement, donation, sale and equitable distribution of property.

Various gemology and jewelry related consultations are also available for those consumers needing assistance with gem identification, detection of gem enhancements, damage assessment, quality disputes and those requiring guiding through litigation leading to Expert Witness Court Testimony.

Mobile Laboratory
For the convenience of her clients, and for an additional fee, Carole can come to your home, office or bank. The mobile gemological equipment enables her to do the work in almost any environment. No special requirements are needed as necessary equipment will be brought to you including specialized lighting. Although most examinations and data collection can be done in a day, large quantities of jewelry requiring appraised might require more than one appointment at the site.

In addition to serving the public, Carole is a sought-after consultant for the jewelry trade, is a member of the American Society of Appraisers' Gems & Jewelry Board and has written several articles for both the consumer and the trade.

To discuss your individual requirements, please contact Carole using the links at the top of this page.


The Business

  • Private Practice
  • Business mix: Mainly appraisal
    Also brokering & Expert Witness
  • Principal + 0 staff Appraisers
  • Mon,Tue,Thur,Fri: 9am to 4pm
  • Mobile lab & at Appraiser's office


  • Time-based fees
  • All major cards accepted
  • Full appraisal reports start at $250


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  • FGA, GG
  • ASA, MGA


  • AGA, AGS, Gem-A
  • NAJA
  • WJA


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Fine Jewelry Appraisals and Consulting, LLC
342 State St #3
CA 94022

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