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i wanna get an appraisal on my engagement ring (that i finally got
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i've googled it since i've never gotten one before and i never realized how detailed the process is when it comes to finding someone to do it. my coworker told me she just drops her stuff off at a random jeweler, but an article i was reading said that's not the best way.

what have you done when you got one (or more) on your jewelry? thanks for any info!

 
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I've never had any done, but I just wanted to say Congrats on the engagement!

 
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well I have never had anything appraised .. I would check around and find a reputable jewler to do it. Just make sure you get a recipet and all.

oh and of course congrats on your engagement.

 
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Have you talked to your insurance company about it? Usually they can do it for you or recommend someone who can.

 
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I got my ring appraised..........I bought it online so I wanted to be sure I didn't get riped off.........I researched appraisers a bit first and I also went to a jewelery store in the mall and looked at my ring through their loop.........so I kinda had an idea what kind of blemishes my stone had in it to begin with....I thought that way I would kinda know what my stone looked like. I had the option of leaving my ring for a week or a day and of course I went for the 1 day option.....I figured that wouldn't give them enough time to "swap" diamonds......mind you with my setting I think it would be hard to do with out it being noticed. I brought my certificate that came with my ring they she used that as a reference to see if it "matched up"........she looked at my ring in front of me and talked to me about it a bit and then had a full chat with me when I went back later that day.....she took pictures and mapped out my diamond and gave me a 4 page detailed description and appraisal ......I got 2 copies, one for me and one for my insurance company..........it cost me about $55.

and I'm very happy to say my ring was appraised at DOUBLE what we paid for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

good luck and I think it is definitely worth it!!

 
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I would take it to one of the big appraisal houses that you can trust - like christies or sotherby's. Alternatively, you can take it to a reputable jeweller. My mum took all her stuff to sotherby's.

Just a note - your insurance people will need an independant evaluation


 
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Jen- this is how i found an Appraiser for my jewelry- go to your local Chamber of Commerce, and ask them to refer you to a reputable Appraiser. do not go to random jewelers as it is known that some will switch out diamonds for lesser grade diamonds.

 
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Originally Posted by brewgrl /img/forum/go_quote.gif Jen- this is how i found an Appraiser for my jewelry- go to your local Chamber of Commerce, and ask them to refer you to a reputable Appraiser. do not go to random jewelers as it is known that some will switch out diamonds for lesser grade diamonds. very helpful. thanks!
 
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