Illinois Jewelry Appraisers
Find the best Jewelry Appraisers and Gem Labs who cover the North East of Illinois, specifically the cities of Chicago, Naperville and Schaumburg in Cook County.
Service may be available to cities and towns within reach in the Counties of Will and Dupage.
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.
Gemworld International, Inc.
Glenview, Illinois, USA
Gemworld′s team of independent appraisers can assist you with all your valuation needs. They have more than 30 years of experience and have performed thousands of appraisal assignments for consumers and the jewelry trade. They specialize in jewelry appraisals for insurance, estate planning, purchase evaluation, divorce settlement, legal and expert witness.
Appraisals are done by appointment only. They offer a ‘while you watch’ concept of appraising. You will have the opportunity to learn and participate in the appraisal process and your jewelry will never... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Chicago Gem and Jewelry Evaluation Services, Inc.
Heidi Harders GG is a highly experienced Certified Appraiser and Gemologist who heads Chicago Gem and Jewelry Evaluation Services, Inc. an AGA Certified Gemological Laboratory, one of only a few in the country. This company provides several options to enable you to receive one of their appraisals: Appraiser's Office, Mobile Laboratory and Appraisal Events.
From her office in Chicago, Heidi offers a while you wait jewelry appraisal service on all types of jewelry, including antique, period and modern jewels as well as loose diamonds and gemstones... [more info, fees, reviews etc]
Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA
Kybele LLC is an appraisal and consulting company specializing in the evaluation of jewelry, gems, and minerals. They are truly independent mineral and jewelry appraisers and do not buy or sell, so you can be certain of an unbiased resulting value of your precious items and collections. Unlike many jewelry appraisers, Kybele LLC has experience in the intricate area of evaluating fine minerals and mineral collections.
Çiğdem Lüle PhD, FGA, GIA GG, is a mineralogist and an award-winning gemologist who focuses on providing an independent opinion of value for... [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.
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.