Appraisal Services

After 35 years, I am now semi-retired. My schedule has changed, so please check the days and times listed on the website.  Also, I am no longer appraising: watches; Jadeite; Moghul (Indian) jewelry or collections of loose gemstones. For a list of other appraisers who may be able to help visit- (National Association of Jewelry Appraisers) or (American Society of Appraisers).  

An appraisal by definition is the average that an item would sell for in a particular market.  Market levels - and therefore values, differ depending on what you want to know about the item of jewelry.  They are not "one-size-fits-all" or interchangeable. 

I work by appointment, with you sitting right across the desk from me.  You can watch, ask questions, and in many cases leave with the appraisal report.  Some items require additional research, so you would take the jewelry home with you while I prepare the appraisal report and then mail it to you.

I offer the following appraisal services:

  • Gem identification
  • Verbal consultation
  • Appraisals for insurance purposes
  • Estate appraisals
  • Market value for resale, equitable distribution or divorce matters
  • Liquidation or scrap-value appraisals
  • Damage reports 
  • Hypothetical reports for loss of undocumented items

If you would like to make an appointment, please call 518-438-1200.   I take appointments from 9:30 to 4:30, Monday-Tuesday.  I am closed on Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends.  There are special circumstances when I may be able to stay later in an evening (up to approximately 6:30) or meet you early on a Saturday morning (9:00-10:00).

I do ask that you bring with you any paperwork you may have pertaining to the item, such as quality analysis reports from an international laboratory such as GIA, EGL, or AGS.  After I have completed my analysis of the diamond,  I will ask to see the certificate so that I may scan it and incorporate it into your printed appraisal report.

3 Computer Drive West, #122 Albany, NY 12205          Fax 518-489-2776
By appointment:  Mon-Tues  9:30-4:30.

                           Closed Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends.

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