Appraisals at Jack Lewis

At Jack Lewis, we offer jewelry appraisal services in partnership with Joel Hassler of Von Hasle Jewelry Advisers. Why not do it ourselves? One of the key aspects of appraising is that it’s done by an unbiased third party. We want you to receive an opinion on the quality and value of your jewelry without any impression of bias.

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Upcoming 2021 Appraisal Visits
Tuesday, October 26
Tuesday, November 23

Headshot of Appraiser Joel Hassler  wearing glasses with a brown goatee underneath the tagline, "What's Your Jewelry Worth?"

What is a Jewelry Appraisal?

Technically speaking, the “appraisal” is the document itself, which contains an unbiased third party opinion on the quality or value of your jewelry.  

If possible, it’s best to bring in your jewelry several days in advance of the appraiser’s visit. This allows our team to walk you through the process ahead of time, explain the costs, and clean & check your items before Joel’s arrival so he can get started as soon as he gets to the store! (If you still have documentation such as receipts, grading reports, or warranties, also bring them when you drop off your jewelry in advance).

Then during the Von Hasle appraisal process, Joel (an Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser and Chair of the American Gem Society Appraisal Standards Committee) will treat your jewelry, diamonds or gemstones to a very detailed inspection that averages 15 pages full of thorough photos, details, and education. Appraisal fees start at $125 per piece, and depending on his workload, your appraisal may be ready later on the same day of Joel's visit.

Appointments with Joel are not necessary, but if you’d like to ask questions of the expert himself, Joel is happy to review his appraisal with you once it’s completed. Make an appointment during an afternoon timeslot, and if Joel knows you’re coming in, he’ll bump your appraisal to the front of his morning worklist to make sure it’s done by the time you arrive for your personal review.

Regardless of whether you’re able to visit the store and review your appraisal in-person, Joel will still email you the official appraisal document afterward, usually within 48-72 hours. And again, this document will contain a clear, unbiased, expert opinion of what your jewelry is worth.Your jewelry itself never leaves the store, so you can come pick it up at your earliest convenience after Joel's visit.

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Why Get your Jewelry Appraised?

Two primary reasons: insurability and curiosity. Most insurance companies require current appraisals (usually less than 2 years) to have the pieces individually scheduled on your policy. Sometimes, the receipt from where you purchased the items may be sufficient, but remember, the more detailed and accurate your appraisal is, the more detailed and accurate your replacement will be should you suffer a loss. And then sometimes you’re just curious how much your jewelry is worth. Maybe because you’re looking to sell it, or because you’re curious how it may have changed in value over the years. Regardless of your reason, having your jewelry appraised should be on your radar every few years, and our partner Joel Hassler is one of the best in America.