Fees For Appraising

Currently, we are available at two locations on Maryland’s Eastern shore: 

Kent Island and St. Michaels 

  • First item insurance or divorce:                      $150 minimum.  
  • Additional items insurance or divorce:       $80 per item.  Subject to adjustment higher or lower.
  • Estate work often is more time consuming.  We will estimate the cost before taking on such work.

We always make binding fee estimates upon actual physical examination of the all the items which are going to be appraised.  This is necessary, since there are occasionally extraordinary items requiring intensive research.

Our goal is a most professional job.  We take pride in work which is correctly done and worth the necessary cost. 

Consulting with individuals who require assistance making purchase decisions:

Are you making a selection of the “right” diamond based on GIA or other Certs?   I will screen two or more potential diamonds based solely on their documentation, not direct examination.

  • $65 for the first two stones
  • $30 more per additional stone(s).

You can’t hire an experienced, unbiased, gemologist-shopping assistant for less.  I’ll provide you advice about which diamond(s) to consider and which to reject based on both the technical aspects on the reports and also based on what I discover about your own tastes and goals.  I will work with you until you find the “right” stone;  one you can afford, appreciate, and understand.  A remote consultation does not replace a complete physical examination of a diamond, but screening will decrease your doubts and educate you at the same time.  You will end up saving time and make a fact based decision.  We can make the selection and buying process relatively easy instead of mysterious and financially dangerous.

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We do not generally appraise or identify any items containing jade, turquoise, meteors, or organic materials, such as ivory, bone, or teeth.  We are not expert in American or Asian Indian jewelry.

While we appraise watches for replacement, we do not open sealed cases to inspect components and we are NOT watch authenticators.  We do not authenticate maker’s marks on jewelry.  If a mark appears proper, we assume it is correct for insurance or divorce.  For tax work, we may need to seek proper authentication directly from a maker or outside expert.

We won’t tell you we are an expert in everything.  When we don’t know something, we will advise you of our limitations and suggest what steps should be taken.

We are not accepting any Expert Testimony work at this time.

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