Your Jewelry Never Leaves Your Sight!
When determining your need for an appraisal, the primary consideration is Purpose.
- Insurance Appraisals for Replacement Purposes
- Fair Market Value Appraisals for Equitable Distributions
- Estate Appraisals
- Dissolution of Marriage Appraisals
- Charitable Donation Appraisals
- Consultations (15 Minutes FREE)
- Watch Appraisals
- Pre-sale evaluations for auction submission or secondary market sales.
- Virtual Appraisal Updates
- Crown of Light Appraisals
- Report Verification
Insurance Appraisals establish the retail replacement value of your jewelry should you suffer damage or loss. We determine metal composition and weight, identify and grade all gemstones, take digital photographs, research comparable market prices and create an appraisal document for you to provide to your insurance company. We also provide an electronic copy of the appraisal and photos (pdf) for your convenience.
Watches often go overlooked as an item that often has significant value. The rise in precious metal values increase the value of many watches. We value vintage and modern watches. Whether you have a wristwatch or pocket watch, Rolex, Omega or Vacheron Constantin, we look forward to valuing it for insurance, estate or resale purposes. We evaluate all the components of value, research comparable market prices, and create an appraisal report for you to provide to your insurance company.
Crown of Light specialty
The Crown of Light is a trademark for a luxury line of jewelry featuring earth mined diamonds that have a particular patented cut. COL items are often purchased outside of the US. Mr. Gordon is one of the few appraisers with adequate knowledge and experience to value Crown of Light for replacement insurance purposes.
Estate Jewelry Appraisals
Estate lawyers send us clients who require valuations for probate purposes. We consult directly with heirs and beneficiaries to provide information to assist with equitable distributions. We help individuals with equitable division of property when life changing events require it.
Divorce or Auction Appraisals
Fair Market Appraisals establish a basis for equitable distribution of assets, estate tax preparation, dissolution of marriage asset assessment and pre-sale valuations for auction and other secondary markets. Our appraisals comply with IRS requirements and meet the highest professional standards.
Presale or Purchase Consultations
Trust but Verify! Consumer educational consultations are available by appointment. Whether selling or buying, a Jewelry Judge consultation can help you make informed choices. The first 15 minutes is FREE!
Virtual Appraisal Updates
- Appraisal updates are recommended every 3-5 years, although your insurance company may have other requirements.
- Keeping your appraisal current protects your assets as changes occur in the gemstone and precious metals markets.
- Virtual appraisal update via Skype or Facetime will save you travel, time and 50% discount on our normal hourly rate.
Insurance Jewelry Appraisals
Hire an experienced diamond, gemstone, jewelry appraiser with the preferred Credentials for Insurance Company’s Underwriter’s of Graduate Gemologist studied at Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Providing Insurance Appraisal Reports on Diamond Engagement Rings, Wedding Sets, Bracelets, Studs, Earrings, Pendants, Pearls, Necklaces, Ruby, Sapphires, Emeralds, Tanzanite, Pearls, Gemstones, Internet, Antique and Cruise Ship Jewelry.
Estate Jewelry Appraiser
Estate Jewelry Appraisals consists of: sorting and evaluating silver, gold, platinum, pearls, diamonds, gemstones, fine jewelry, providing Written & Verbal Appraising as requested. Single to full Jewelry Estates appraised at Estate Fair Market Value for Executors, Legal, Attorneys, Distributions, Probate, Donations, Estate Planning, Divorce, Personal, Resale, Collateral, Bankruptcy and IRS purposes. Services provided in a timely manner while valuables stay in your sight.
While You Watch Jewelry Appraising
Our process, make an appointment on-line, email or call. We provide While You Watch jewelry appraisals “Where Jewelry never leaves your sight”. We don’t keep your jewelry. This is for the safety of your jewelry not being damaged, lost, stolen or switched. Written Insurance & Estate Jewelry Appraisal Reports include two pictures, scanned PDF file and hard copy at the end of the evaluation. If available we accept same day appointments. Sunday appointments available by request.
Expert Witness – Legal Claims
Over 67 years of valuable experience in the jewelry industry. You don’t find that everyday. Knowing the difference between 2 gemstones that look identical takes the training expertise and experience of someone like Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon.
This KNOWLEDGE and EXPERIENCE is what you are looking for in an expert witness or jewelry evaluation for insurance purposes. Ben has testified in courts as an expert witness about validity of worth and identification of stones. Gems and gemstones may appear alike to the lay person, but to an expert jewelry appraiser, they are as different as fingerprints.
Ben Gordon has been called as an expert witness in numerous court cases, giving impartial testimonial as to the authenticity and value of the jewelry in question. With over 67 years of experience, he is more than qualified to appear before his peers in court cases in which an expert opinion is needed. In the past, he has helped the Houston Police Department recover merchandise by identifying stolen items and testifying regarding their value. He has experience working with lawyers dealing with issues of authenticity, evaluation and valuation of jewelry, as well as in cases of complicated divorce settlements and jewelry fraud.