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Our expert service provides comprehensive photo appraisals of high-end jewelry for Private Individuals, the Jewelry Trade, Law Firms, and Insurance Suppliers.
Liz provides essential up-to-date values of your jewelry by using the latest market values of diamonds and gemstones. Her Fair Market Values of estate jewelry are well researched to provide the most appropriate values for your estate.
Private appraisal appointments allow for jewelry to be examined, tested and photographed in your presence.
Appraisals done at Stittgen Fine Jewelry require a one-day turn-around period.
Large estate appraisals will require more time.
Liz is an independent Graduate Gemologist (G.G.), Master Valuer Jewelry Appraiser (RMV), and Certified Appraisal Professional (CAP), located in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is a respected jewelry consultant and appraisal professional with over 30 years combined experience in the gem and jewelry industry.
Her field of appraisal expertise covers probate estate jewelry, engagement and wedding jewelry, unique custom made jewelry, as well as unusual gem related artifacts.
To help with verification of your jewelry, please bring the following with you:
A jewelry appraisal is a written professional opinion of the authenticity, quality, design and approximate value of a piece of jewelry, for purposes including retail insurance replacement, probate, or estate.
Since it is an ‘informed, professional opinion’, there can be variations between appraisals done by different appraisers.
An appraisal should be done by an experienced Independent Professional Appraiser.
The most common reasons for having jewelry appraised are: Insurance Appraisals, Probate and/or Estate Appraisals, Liquidation Appraisals, Divorce Appraisals
Appraisal fees vary according to the service being rendered and the intended use of the appraisal. The Appraisal Fees listed here are based on the time required to appraise standard jewelry items, ie: solitaire rings, studs up to 2.00ct each, 5-stone rings, line-bracelets, etc. Complicated items are charged at a different rate discussed prior to the start of appraisal. Fees exclude taxes:
Plain Gold Items - each $45
Single Diamond/Gem items - each $115
Complicated Jewelry items - by quote
Watches - each $130
Estates - Scheduled list, each $35 - $75
Estates - Detailed Appraisals - by quote
Consultation - $110/hour
Discounted rates apply in some cases.
Unkept Appointments - $85.00
The constant fluctuation of the gold price, currency exchange rates, diamond price changes, all have a significant influence on the value of jewelry in Canada. You should update your appraisal every 3 - 5 years.
With the recent increase of robberies and home invasions, it is imperative to have your jewelry appraisals current, with up to date values on a par with economic changes.
Remember to check with your own insurance provider at what value you should have your jewelry scheduled on your insurance policy.
Well, Yes - So Am I.
Did you know that Lab Grown Diamonds are chemically, physically, and optically identical to mined diamonds? To me, this is a scientific marvel. The difference is indistinguishable unless examined by a trained gemologist with the proper equipment. So, no difference in appearance.
What is a huge difference though, is the price!
At a much more affordable price, you can easily own the most beautiful diamond to match your dreams and desires.
Interested in knowing more? Contact me.
When choosing a diamond, whether it is a Natural diamond, or a Lab Grown diamond, my recommendation has always been, and will always be: choose. a diamond that is laser inscribed with a Gem Lab Certificate Number from a reliable, trustworthy Gem Laboratory.
With the steady demand for Lab Grown diamonds, being able to verify what you are buying, is becoming essential.
One of the top recommended lab certificates for Lab Grown diamonds is IGI - International Gemological Institute.
For Natural Diamonds there is no better choice than GIA - Gemological Institute of America.
Lab Grown Diamonds are commonly available in sizes from 0.50ct to large sizes from 5.00ct to 10.00ct. Sizes smaller that 0.50ct are available, but not that regularly. All shapes are available too, from round, to emerald, pear, marquise, etc.
The most popular size selection of Lab Grown Diamonds is in the magic size ranges of 1/2 carat, 3/4 carat. 1.0ct, and so on.
Due to the ready availability of Lab Grown Diamonds, it is therefore very easy to match a pair of diamonds for studs, a tennis bracelet, with a matching pendant, side stones for a three-stone ring, and more.
Personal appointments in the comfort of your home, your bank, or my office
are available Monday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00am - 3:00pm .
Personal appointments with me at Stittgen Fine Jewelry, on Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver, are available on Wednesdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
To book: Tel.: 604-992-1547
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada