Lancaster | Harrisburg | York PA
Jewelry appraisal experts around Lancaster PA
Reviews of Appraisers & Gem Labs who provide jewelry appraisal and gem testing services in the Lancaster PA area, including Harrisburg and York.
All JAW Associates:
- Are full-time accredited Appraisers 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 view their full profile. This displays their credentials, appraisal cost, gallery, client reviews, an outline of their gemological & appraisal 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.
During this difficult time, some companies are offering a zero-contact re-appraisal service on jewelry that they have previously examined. Conditions will apply.
Other services may be available. Please look for the Coronavirus panel on the Appraiser's Profile page.
Independent Jewelry Appraisers.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
This gem and diamond appraisal business is based in Lancaster PA and owned by Graduate Gemologist, Katy Clites GG, NAJA. Having your valuable jewelry appraised is important for a number of reasons. It is good to know exactly what your prized pieces are actually worth, but you will also need a professional appraisal if you wish to obtain jewelry insurance cover for your high priced pieces, like your diamond engagement ring. IJA specializes in valuations for insurance replacement but also performs valuations for estate and divorce settlement.... [more]
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.
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.