Appraisals

We encourage you to protect your investment by having your valuables properly appraised by a jeweler you can trust.  Appraisals are documented proof of the characteristics of an item of value. They include details on an item's design, measurements of gemstones, quality and value. 

With decades of experience, Craig Brady Fine Jewelers will accurately and professionally document the value of your precious items. We offer several appraisal types. Each appraisal type is unique for a specific situation and we encourage you to familiarize yourself with these terms to better understand the appraisal process.  Our appraisals are detailed and easy to read and include high resolution photographs. Your information is securely stored and archived in our computer system, which is backed up offsite daily.

We suggest having your appraisals updated every three to five years to compensate for fluctuating market prices. Because your information is stored electronically, your appraisals are easily updated, without returning to our store.  A nominal fee applies for updates.

To have your items appraised, please contact us to schedule a confidential and private appointment. We will photograph your items and take all appropriate measurements.  Your appraisal will be completed within 3-5 business days.

Retail Replacement Value

A retail replacement value is a value assigned to an item which would be comparable to the price assigned at a retail jewelry store. This value is calculated using current pricing guides and averages of current market prices. This value does not consider bulk purchase discounts and is based on the premise of duplicating the item one time.

Estate Value (Fair Market Value)

The price at which the item would be sold between a willing seller and a willing buyer. This value does not consider antiquity, sentimental value, workmanship or retail markup, but rather the cost of raw materials alone. Workmanship and antiquity is considered only when the piece was created by a well known designer or design house. This value is based on industry averages and knowledge of our estate evaluating expertise.

Reasons for Appraisals

*Insurance scheduling and claims

*Estate planning & trusts

*Distribution of property to heirs

*Quality confirmation (Is my item what it was sold as?)

*Charitable donation tax purposes

*Gem identification

Items We Appraise

*Jewelry (New, Estate & Antique) 
*Loose diamonds & gemstones 
*Timepieces (watches & clocks) 
*Sterling silver (flatware, tea sets, serving pieces) 
*Coin & stamp collections 

Appraisal Fees

Insurance and Estate Appraisals: One Item $75; multiple items $150/hour 
Appraisal Updates, starting at $45.00
Litigation & Expert Witness Court Services, $150/hour plus expenses

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