Back to Ganoksin | FAQ | Contact

[Opal] appraisel


#1

Hi, Can anyone tell me where I can go to have an Opal appraised?
Mike


#2

It would be helpful to know where you are, in order to steer you
to an appraiser. But here are some general tips:

-in the US, call 1 800 USA VALU, for the American Society of
Appraisers, they will refer you to an ASA member in your area.

-The International Society of Appraisers, now in Seatle, WA,
will also do this, though not as quickly, I’m afraid.

-you want a Graduate Gemologist (GIA).

-not everyone knows opals.

call, get more info. on their credentials, get the price, make
an appointment.

Yes, yes, you can send it to GIA, but that’s more expensive,
takes a long time, and they won’t give you a value. GIA Gem
Trade Lab is wonderful when you need it, but most of the time
your local appraiser will suit just fine.

Good luck.

Elaine


#3

I would contact the ASA (American Society of Appraisers)
website. I think it is www.appraisal.org. Though gemologists
alone may be able to identify the opals, without appraisal
training the valuation of the opal is very subjective and in a
lot of cases the appraisal is done in a way that you can not
trace the methodology used to value the item.