You may be thinking about getting a piece of jewelry appraised because as I’m sure you’ve learned, an appraisal is a sheet of paper that defines your jewelry value. More specifically, it gives your jewelry dollar-value, and you need it to get insured.
An appraisal doesn’t necessarily give you the value of your diamond as it’s really only an estimate that’s needed for you to be insured. A grading would give you a value for your jewelry based on current diamond gemstones and precious metals market conditions
So, what do you do if you want to sell the jewelry? Well, it’s best to have the piece graded by a graduate gemologist (an expert who deals with the science of gemstones.)
What is Grading?
Gemologists base their grading on the stone’s 4 C’s. The 4 C’s are the carat weight, cut grade, color grade, and clarity grade.
Graduate Gemologist who is also trained in the art of appraising fine jewelry can identify how your jewelry piece looks, and then determine what your jewelry’s worth is.
The carat weight is as the phrase states, the weight of your diamond. The higher the carat weight, the more your jewelry is worth.
Cut grade will take into consideration the way your jewelry interacts with the light. The more even the pattern between the dark and light areas, the better. The more light and sparkle, and the more symmetrical your antique jewelry is, the higher it’s value.
You get a high color grade the more colorless your diamond is compared to one that has a slight yellowish or brownish hue.
Finally, the clarity grade refers to the number of imperfections that you can see on your diamond. The more you can see these defects, the less valuable your diamond is.
Is Your Antique Jewelry Valuable Enough?
Really, only a Graduate Gemologist who is also trained in the art of appraising fine jewelry can tell you how valuable your antique jewelry is, but here are a few more things that can affect the value.
The condition of the jewelry is a big one because your stone may be beautiful, but if it’s in bad condition, you may not be hearing the high value that you’re expecting. Also, the rarer your stone, the more it’ll be valued. Plus, of course, the demand and popularity of the stone will affect how much you receive for the stone.
It’s important that you look for a professional gemologist that will give you the best grading report. Don’t choose a gemologist because they charge less because they may not be as astute as they say they are.
Carlos Castillo is a graduate from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the University of New Orleans.