Jewelry Appraisal Experts in Houston TX
Reviews of respected Appraisers and Gemologists who provide jewelry appraisal, diamond grading & gem testing services to Houston Texas and throughout the counties of Harris, Fort Bend & Montgomery.
Antique, period & modern diamond jewelry & watches are appraised for all purposes (Insurance Replacement, Estate, Open Market, Divorce Settlement, Loan Security, Liquidation etc).
All JAW Associates:
- Are full-time professional appraisal specialists and Gemologists, not retail jewelers.
- Are fully qualified and experienced.
- Have had all of their credentials independently verified by us.
- Are held to account by national and sometimes also international appraisal governing bodies.
Click the "View Profile" button on the Appraisers' listings below to see their full details. This displays their credentials, appraisal cost, gallery, client reviews, an outline of their appraisal & gem testing 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.
Christine York Jewelry & Appraisals, LLC
Christine York is a highly experienced Gemologist and Jewelry Appraiser serving clients from Houston and the surrounding areas from ther office in Montgomery TX. She has extensive experience in the appraisal of large diamonds and gemstones and is one of only a small number of Jewelry Appraisers who has earned the Master Gemologist Appraiser title.
Written appraisals are provided for Insurance Replacement, Estate and Liquidation purposes, but Trust Appraisals are increasingly being requested and this company also specializes in this type of assessment and valuation ... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Detailed appraisals are performed on a same-day basis in Houston. All fine jewelry, luxury watches and diamonds from all periods can be valued for all purposes. The details and photographs are well-presented, along with the value pertinent to the purpose of the appraisal. Your valuation report and the processes used to create it all comply with the guidelines laid down by USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice).
Gemology Resources has a fully equipped gemological laboratory and can perform advanced testing on natural / synthetic colored gemstones and natural / lab-grown diamonds... [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 Appraiser's 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.
Divorce (rarely requested) - this type of appraisal is used to help divide the tangible assets of a marital estate. The type of value provided in the appraisal report will typically be determined by specific State statutes, by agreement between the parties or by the trier of fact (the Court). Commonly requested types of value include fair market value, liquidation value, replacement value and/or marketable cash value. The level of detail provided may also be a matter of agreement or decree.
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.
Liquidation (commonly requested) - an appraisal provided to assist the client in the relatively rapid sale of their jewelry or watches may take the form of an appraisal report or a restricted report. It may be presented in either written or verbal format and as with other types of resale valuations the level of detail included and the type of value(s) requested are the client′s choice.