Protecting your heirlooms for future generations is always smart, but how can you really know just how much your cache of jewelry is worth? In order to get your collection properly insured, you’ll need to get it properly appraised. We can appraise your collection, whether it’s a closet full or just a single precious piece, Hemming Plaza Jewelers will give you an honest and fair appraisal that you can trust to take to your insurer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does it cost?
A: We charge $125 an hour. Appraisal fee is based on the time it takes to appraise you jewelry. Some pieces require research,
but most jewelry takes less than an hour to appraise.
Q: Can I wait while the appraisal is done?
A: The examination process can be performed while you wait depending on the number of items and time needed to effect the assignment. We will inform you if the examination requires further research.
Q: Do you have to take my stones out?
A: This usually isn’t necessary. However, should there be questionable issues regarding ‘treatments’ or clarity requiring removal for specific determinations, we will do so only with your approval.
Q: Where would I sell this? Who would buy it? What should I do?
A: We acknowledge your concerns, understandably. We will discuss all the possibilities and options available.
About Our Appraiser
A Jacksonville native, and a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, David A. Breitmoser, GJG (GIA) began working in the jewelry business in 1995, and after falling in love with jewelry, he traveled to California and received his Graduate Jeweler Gemologist diploma in residence at the esteemed Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 1998. Returning to Jacksonville to perfect his trade, David began appraising jewelry apprenticing under Chip Catherwood, GG (GIA) for several years. David then did work for several local jewelers including Miriam’s in San Marco. In 2000 David went to work in Bali, Indonesia for Reflections Jewelry overseeing manufacturing and quality control. David returned to the States and revived his passion for appraising and joined Issamoti Jewelry Consulting in 2001. David traveled the South East United States Appraising Jewelry for Major Jewelry Companies like Jared, Bailey Banks and Biddle, and some Fred Myers and Sterling Jewelry stores. In 2003 David began helping the Gonzalez Brothers get their dream of a Jewelry store get off the ground. In 2008, tired from the travel David decided to work full time with the Gonzalez’s at Hemming Plaza Jewelers.
Confidentiality & Privacy
The appraisal is a confidential matter between appraiser and client, unless otherwise specified to third parties. You may request a written report or a verbal consultation. The process begins as a consultation to determine the ‘purpose’ and ‘function’ of the assignment, which in turn determines the approach to value. This usually answers the questions to the nature of the value placed upon the item(s) to be appraised. These issues directly affect the realm of ‘value’ needed to pursue the facts regarding the items to be discussed.