Jewelry Appraisers in Washington State WA
Find the best Appraisers and Gem Labs who cover East and West Washington State and beyond.
To the west, the cities of Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma. To the east, jewelry appraisal services are provided to Spokane and to cities within reach in the Counties of Spokane, Whitman, Lincoln, Stevens and Kootenai County in ID.
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The Appraisers shown below are arranged by the number of customer reviews they have received.
Kenneth W. Burchell Appraisal Associates
Near Spokane, WA, USA
This jewelry appraisal practice is based in the Spokane area and carries out appraisals on fine and antique jewelry, watches and diamonds for all purposes, including; insurance coverage, estate, liquidation, resale, divorce, donation as well as post-loss assements in the event of the jewelry being lost or stolen. Clients include members of the public... [more]
Northwest Gemological Laboratory
Bellevue, Washington, USA
Northwest Gemological Laboratory (NGL) pioneered the profession of the independent fine jewelry appraiser in 1978. True independence means no buying, no selling, no brokering and no commissions paid or received. By being a disinterested party with a wide range of expertise, NGL receives referrals from fine jewelers, insurance and legal professionals... [more]
Kirkland, Washington, USA
Headed by Graduate Gemologist, Saleena Zeman GG (GIA), SAZ Appraisal delivers quality jewelry appraisals in the Seattle Metropolitan area. Her office is based in Kirkland WA where she appraises fine jewelry, diamonds and watches while-you-wait.
Saleena also has a portable gem lab, which allows the examination and assessment of your precious items... [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.
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.