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Jewelry & diamond appraisal experts around Raleigh NC

The Appraisers and certified Gemologists listed here provide jewelry appraisal and gem testing / grading services in the Raleigh / Cary area and throughout Durham, Chatham and Wake Counties. Antique, estate & modern diamond jewelry & watches are valued and included in appraisal reports for all purposes including: Insurance Replacement, Estate, Open Market, Divorce Settlement & Equitable Distribution etc.

All JAW Associates:

  • Are trusted full-time professional appraisal consultants, 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 costs, gallery, client reviews, an outline of their specialist services to consumers and the trade.

The Associates below are arranged in order of the number of client reviews they have received.

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Chaya Udinsky - Jewelry Appraiser

Carolina Jewlery Appraisers

Carrboro, North Carolina, USA

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Chaya Udinsky is a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and has over 15 years experience in the jewelry trade. She is also proud to be a Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. This is assurance for her clients that she is well qualified to write their appraisals as well as consult with them about their fine jewelry.

The appraisal and valuation of jewelry, gems and diamonds is normally carried out at the company’s office and gem lab for clients from the Raleigh area. A home-visit service is also available to Cary and... [more info, fees, reviews etc]

Appraising info iconTypes 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.

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.

You may have to look outside the Raleigh & Cary and North Carolina area if you require a very specialized service that may be outwith the scope of a normal gem and jewelry appraisal, or if you require a jewelry expert or gemologist to travel to another country. Valuation services such a jeweler's stock audit, obtaining a value for Capital Gains assessments and certain types of evaluation for investigations by the IRS are handled by specialists on JAW but you may need to broaden your search.