Colorado Gem LabDo you have some gems, either in jewelry or separate, that you would like to have appraised? This is not an uncommon situation, though it can be difficult to find someone you trust to fulfill the job of gem appraiser. No matter the intricacies of your situation, though, you can find someone who will help you determine how much your gems are worth and what you might be able to get for them if you sell them, or how much you need to insure them for.

Start by talking to people you know. Surely your friends or family members have had jewelry and gems appraised before, and they can either recommend or not recommend the people they used for the job. This gives you the chance to talk to them about their experiences so you can decide for yourself whether you are comfortable with their gem appraiser or not. It also gives you an up close and personal view of the particular appraiser, rather than a general sense of how they operate.

You can also look online for recommendations. Some sites that will approve a gem appraiser or give him or her a certificate will also recommend the appraisers they certify. If you can find one that is close to you, then you know that they have at least a certain amount of background information and knowledge. You will also know that they have the approval of the larger organization, which can offer you peace of mind.

Many gem appraisers also have reviews available through Google, Facebook, and more. You may be able to search for their name or their business’s name and find out what other people thought of them when they went to them for gem appraisal. While these reviews may not all pertain to your specific situation, they will give you a general sense for what people are like to work with, how they handle the gems, and more.

Finally, you may want to meet with individual gem appraisers before you decide who you want to work with. You can at least talk to them on the phone, even if you can’t do anything else. This will give you a sense of whether or not you can work with them well and will help you figure out exactly what you think of how they operate and how personable they are. This may not seem important, but you want a gem appraiser you can work with and who you actually like to be around. Otherwise, the whole process may be more miserable than anything else.

At Colorado Gem Labs, we have been around for a long time, appraising jewelry and gems. We will perform the appraisal in front of you, so you will be in control of your gems at all times. We’ll give you a value for your pieces based off of the current market and trends that we are aware of. From there, you can make wise decisions about what to do with your gems and jewelry.