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Pearl Appraiser

I am looking for someone in the San Francisco Bay Area to appraise
my grandmother’s pearls. I know that I can have them x-rayed to find
out if they are “real”, but I need authentication so that I can sell
them.

Alana Clearlake

Alana,

Try Starla Turner at Geneve Jewelers in Burlingame. She’s a GG with
great experience. Also, you might try Maria Piano at Shreve and Co.
in San Francisco. She is their pearl buyer.

Alana,

Go on the NAJA website (National Association of Jewelry Appraisers)
to find a qualified appraiser in your area. If they are cultured, an
appraiser can tell. Even our grandmothers had cultured pearls! And
if they aren’t cultured, a qualified appraiser will know how to send
them off to the Gemological Institute of America for a "natural"
determination. And then can appraise the pearls based on that
determination.

Good luck,
Kitti de Long