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What Is An Appraisal?An appraisal is an opinion, backed and supported by training, equipment, and experience, as to the authenticity, quality design, and value of a piece of jewelry.

Most people commonly believe that the declared price evaluation is the most important aspect of an appraisal. This is not true! Actually, the most important part (and the most protective to the customer) is an explicit description of the jewelry item, accurately depicting the design, the metal, and the stones.



You Should Have Your Jewelry Appraised:


  • On the purchase of new jewelry, to assure coverage for replacement in case of loss or theft.
  • Every two or three years, in view of continuing inflation.

Remember that the most reliable appraisal is an opinion based on knowledge gained through education and special training, backed up by technical equipment and reinforced by experience.

To give yourself the benefits of the most accurate appraisal possible, heed these points:


  • Don't try to save money on an appraisal. For a professional evaluation, expect to pay a fair fee, usually based on an hourly rate. The more intricate the jewelry, the more time needed to examine it.
  • Don't rush your appraiser. Give him/her adequate time to carefully examine every facet of your jewelry.



At Altemueller Jewelry we offer in-store formal jewelry, watch, and stone appraisals. The items must be either purchased at our store or at least ten years of age. Completion time varies, due to the high volume we experience. Any paperwork on the item(s) you may already posses and could provide may help speed up the process.

The quality of the stones, mounting, type of construction, and labor to set or make the item, are all considered when making an appraisal. When the appraisal is finished, you will receive a leatherette portfolio containing a certificate of appraisal stating your name and address, a description of the item(s) that were appraised, and the appraised value of the item(s). It is signed and dated by the jeweler who performed the appraisal.

Also in the portfolio are color-copied pictures of the item(s) showing the style, stones, and condition of the jewelry at the time.

The cost of our formal appraisals is on a job-by-job basis. The longer a jeweler must work on evaluating the piece(s) and obtaining the information required, the more the appraisal may cost. Once again, any paperwork available may lessen the work involved, and therefore the cost.

For more information on our formal appraisals, call 636-239-6167 to talk to one of our friendly staff, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




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