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Appraising jewellery these days could almost be called scientific                                                                                      It is extremely complex and comprises many technical skills. Yes science plays a part but so does creative art, mathematics, legal knowhow, information technology and English. A considerable range of expertise is needed. Professional valuers will research, measure, weigh, calculate and use special instruments, all to arrive at a sensible value. Then write it down and sign it. All this needs considerable investment in terms of time, experience, equipment and training so they charge a professional fee. They should do their work ethically and appreciate the importance in providing this service and be aware of any legality.

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A professional appraiser has to physically handle and inspect items requiring a valuation.                 Photographs, pictures in emails or on computer screen are not enough to do a proper appraisal and ascertain an accurate value. You can't test stones or metal, you can't make any quality assessments, weigh or measure, so you can't come up with an accurate value? A professional valuer would not attempt to do a valuation from a picture. They could not produce a trustable value and wouldn't want to unwittingly assisit anyones dishonesty. Having said that a photograph or picture might be quite helpful in a post loss assessment. This happens in the event of an insurance claim not being substantiated by documentation like a valuation for insurance or purchase receipt.                                                                                                          (See base of valuation charges page for further information.) 

A valuation is an opinion given in good faith.                                                                                                                              It is based on commercial knowledge and experience of the value of goods for a certain purpose and at a particular date. It can take a lot of time appraising an item and more time considering and calculating a value using any information ascertained. In this respect the 'Antiques Roadshow' is quite misleading. You see the experts apparently give an instant valuation but what you don't see is the time they spend examining, researching and compiling facts in readiness for their two minute slot on the television screen. They are well rewarded experts who would never do an 'instant' or 'free' valuation. Be very wary of an "instant" or "casual over the counter" type valuation without thorough examination of goods. This type of valuation is likely to be ill-considered and inaccurate. In fact you could say it is not worth the paper it is written on or not written on!

Valuation schedules or 'certificates' should be fully and properly detailed.                                                                    A customer is entitled to receive justification and value for their money! Schedules containing 'one line' descriptions, no photographic images, a lack of explanatory notes and are poorly presented, display a lack of effort which probably means they contain incorrect values that cannot be justified. These types of valuations are not acceptable and should not be associated with a professional valuer. True professional valuers will give, display and justify a service for a paid fee. Non true professionals just want the fee and opererate without ethics! A schedule should contain values which are visibly justified by good written detail, a customer deserves this for their money!

A professional valuer will always be happy to receive reasonable questions.                                                                   And will be prepared to answer them, in writing if required. If you are a customer paying a good amount of money for a valuation service you are entitled to ask questions about anything you are not sure of. A true professional valuer will respond positively and answer as required, someone that isn't is likely to feel under pressure, buckle and be found wanting.

As a Member of the Institute of Registered Valuers                                                                                                                     I have undertaken to abide by the National Association of Goldsmiths principles of good practice. I am also keen to promote good practice in appraisal and valuation work throughout the jewellery trade. As an independant valuer I have no affiliation to any outside business nor can my expertise be used for anything else other than the valuation and appraisal of jewellery. It is important to note that I will not knowingly influence or support the sale of items within the jewellery trade by providing valuations.

If you require a valuation on your jewellery, watches, clocks or silver I can help you.                                               If you do not choose me as your valuer I strongly recommend you choose a professional valuer registered with the NAG or the Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers (AIJ) who also follow strict rules and regulation. There are some really good valuers out there. Have a look at Adrian Smith's website. He achieved the 'The David Wilkins Award' in 2010. Michael Inkpen also has a good website. He is the recipient of the 2011 'David Wilkins Award'. Beyond this you can visit the National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) website either or