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Santa Monica Appraisers and Gemologists

Santa Monica Jewelry Appraisers
& Gemologists

Santa Monica | Pacific Palisades

Jewelry Appraisal experts around Santa Monica

Reviews of respected Appraisers & Gemologists who provide jewelry appraisal services to Santa Monica CA. 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 jewelry appraisal businesses listed on JAW:

  • Are full-time accredited Appraisers and diamond experts, 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 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.

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Paul Shikhvarger - jewelry appraiser

Pacific Jewelry Appraisers & Brokers

Pacific Palisades, California, USA

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Paul Shikhvarger GG, the principal at Pacific Jewelry Appraisers & Brokers, offers a complete appraisal service for clients in the Los Angeles area at his office in Pacific Palisades or in your home or office.

Appraisals at Paul's office and gem lab are performed in your presence so you are not without your jewelry for any length of time. Typically, you will leave his office with your items and his completed assessment and valuation of your jewelry items. You should allow about an hour for a straight-forward 1 or 2 item appraisal. Obviously more complex... [more]


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Charles Carmona - jewelry appraiser

Guild Laboratories, INC.

Los Angeles, California

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From the mines and markets of Africa, Asia and S. America to the offices and shops of Los Angeles & New York City, Charles I. Carmona, GG, ASA, has spent over 35 years learning and living the gemstone and jewelry trades. Along with his ever-growing technical expertise, he applies those skills and experiences to his practice as a professional gemologist. Whether you have a simple one-piece appraisal or a development project involving years to complete, you′ll get the same quality of attention.

The Guild Laboratories, based in Los Angeles, CA... [more]

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.

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.

Equitable Division / Distribution (occasionally requested) - Used to divide an estate among its heirs in an impartial and financially fair manner. Several different types of value could be requested by the estate administrator depending on what the heirs have agreed to or the specific needs of the estate. In general, the level of detail provided in the report is sufficient to identify the property being appraised and highlight the primary characteristics on which the value was based. Fair market value, market value, liquidation value and marketable cash value are some of the more common types of value requested by estate administrators.

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.

You may have to look outside the Santa Monica 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. Appraisal services such a jeweler's stock audit, Capital Gains assessments and certain types of evaluation for investigations by the IRS or FBI are handled by specialists on JAW but you may need to broaden your search.
Please see the Californian Jewelry Appraisers page for more options.