It’s me, again, the newcomer with all the questions.
First of all, thank you all so much for your replies. What a lovely
and smart group of folks!! It’s so enjoyable reading on all the
So.about my questions on appraisals. I have a number of valuable
items, which have never been officially appraised. Also some items
I’ve picked up at estate sales. My collection is admittedly nearly
ridiculous in size and scope. I at least need to insure!
I’ve spent the last 20 years looking for a reputable trustworthy
knowledgeable jeweler/appraiser, with no luck. For a short time I
knew one, but sadly, he became very ill after a stroke. There was
another who moved away, etc., etc., etc. I’m not asking for a pitch
or offer, but I was wondering if anyone has any general resources
(like the Bar Association if you needed an attorney) for people who
appraise. One of my bigger concerns is a stone I’ve had for 3 years,
that several jewelers have told me they don’t feel comfortable
appraising, due to it’s rarity and apparently high value. I’ve heard
of places that will do stone mapping to ensure you get the same
stone back that you left off, but I know nothing about how to go
about this, or in particular, resources that can be trusted. Again,
due to the sentimental value - ( my engagement ring), I’m scared to
make a move.and would not consider mailing it anywhere, although that
has been suggested.
So how do you folks handle such things?