Do You Have PRIOR Documentation on the Item to be Appraised?

Why Do I Ask?
1) If you have a grading report from an independent lab such as GIA-GTL, EGL, AGS this means that your gemstone was graded outside of the mounting in a controlled enviroment. This information should be recorded in the report along with the certificate number. Grading in the mounting is limited by the mounting e.g., yellow color of the gold, prongs hiding an inclusion etc...

2) I like to match the item (such as a diamond) to the previous description to make sure they are one in the same.

3) Check to make sure there is no change (damage) to the item.

4) Was the actual weight of the gemstone recorded. This means was the diamond (or gemstone) weighed outside of the mounting. This is important. My recorded weight is an estimate based on a formula for mounted stones.

5) Last, if my grading differs from the previous findings, we can discuss it immediately, face to face and not after the fact.

For Your Information
The definition of wholesale is "the sale of goods for resale." You might have purchased an item at below the most common retail cost, but it is still purchased at the RETAIL level, you are the end user.

It is unethical to charge a percentage as an appraisal fee.

A Graduate Gemologist (GIA) is educated in authenticating faceted gemstones: identification and grading.

A Professional Appraiser is formally educated in appropriate valuation methodology that follows the minimum guidelines set forth by USPAP.

Licensing signifies formal permission, granted by a government-appointed, or recognized board. To date, licensing exists only for real estate NOT a gemologist/ jewelry appraiser.

"Certified". GIA does not certify diamonds; it grades them. According to GIA, unacceptable are the following: GIA Certified, GIA Certified Diamonds or GIA Diamond