Appraisals protect your jewelry in the event of theft, fire, accidental damage, divorce, division of assets, property settlement, estate planning, trust formation, and division of jewelry between heirs.

Appraisals Include:

  • Each Piece of Jewelry will be Measured, Weighed, Graded In Full Detail to Determine the Overall Value.
  • Diamonds will be Issued a Evaluation of Authenticity which Includes: Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat
  • Weight along with Measurements (As Your Item Permits).
  • Gemstones will be Identified, Graded, Measured. Weights can be Obtained through Proper Stone Calculations.
  • Metal Types will be Determined. Example, Platinum, Gold Karat, or Silver
  • Each Appraisal will Feature a Color Photo of Your Jewelry Piece.
  • An Overall Jewelry Item Description will be Provided to Assist you with any Claims to Obtain Characteristics in order to Assist Jewelry Insurance Claims.

Any person or entity that needs a jewelry appraisal for insurance protection, for estate distribution, tax settlement, charitable contribution or divorce settlement. Anyone that has questions about their jewelry, diamonds, pearls, colored gemstones, watches, antique jewelry, or jewelry repairs.

Other Information About Appraisals:

Our appraisals include accurate, objective information and multiple, high resolution photographs. Appraisal prices typically range from $99.00 to $125.00. Same day service is available in most cases. In most cases, a well-written, detailed appraisal will pay for itself.

Please call ahead for an appointment, 314-966-4442,  if you need same day service, or want to wait while your item is being appraised.

You do not need an appointment, if you are dropping off an item.

What Happens When I Drop Off an Item?

To protect all parties, we have a thorough drop-off process when we take in an appraisal or repair. We will create a diamond “plot” which is a diagram showing all the natural characteristics of the diamond. We then invite the customer to look under the microscope to verify and sign the plot.

For your peace of mind, we leave no room for errors or potential misunderstandings. We recommend only dealing with companies like Neustaedter’s, with a great reputation for doing jewelry appraisals.

What Should I Bring With Me?

Yes. Please bring any of the following:

  • Sales receipts
  • Old receipts
  • Insurance documents
  • Grading certifications
  • Other appraisals

Most insurance companies require an appraisal to be updated every two or three years. Check with your insurance company.

What qualifications should a jewelry appraiser have?

Absolute first requirement is that the appraiser be a Graduate Gemologist. In this country that diploma is received from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Also important is education in valuation science with the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA). Certified appraisers with NAJA earn their credentials through practical exams.