The Appraisal experience: What to expect

While the most popular reason for an appraisal is to acquire insurance coverage; appraisals are also available for estate or equitable distribution purposes. We will discuss which type of appraisal best suits your needs during the appointment. After inspection and cleaning, the jewelry appraiser will ask if you have any questions about the item(s) or simply begin a pleasant conversation while performing the appraisal. At completion, documents will be printed and bound, and results will be reviewed in detail. Payment will be collected at this time and all items will be returned. In the event more than 5 items are appraised, the jewelry appraiser will photograph each item and collect all important information needed to complete the appraisal, but will mail the final documents in 5-7 business days. You will be able to take all your jewelry items home with you at the completion of the appointment.

What makes a good appraisal good and a bad appraisal bad?

Years ago, a person would drop off their jewelry item(s) with an appraiser and pick it up a few days later with a single page document, displaying limited description of the item and a value, in order to submit it to their insurance company. People weren’t worry about the possibility of diamond swapping or whether the insurance company would accept a document without professional credentials.

These bad appraisals have been known to leave out important information, which can cause problems with the claim’s adjuster, if the item is ever lost or stolen. The claims adjuster reviews the bad appraisal and fills in the blanks to make your loss “whole”, which can actually lower the value of your item.

Today, with mounting stories of diamond swapping and strict minimum educational requirements for the document to be accepted; it only makes sense to make an appointment with a Graduate Gemologist and watch your jewelry be appraised while you wait. You will receive a thorough, comprehensive and detailed appraisal, perfectly outlining all aspect of value for your jewelry item(s).

Our Value Pricing

Our professional appraisals are conducted by appointment only

Atlas Jewelry Appraisals’ main office is located at 1120 Glade Road, Suite 150, Colleyville, Texas 76034. Our normal business hours are from 9 to 4 weekdays and 10 to 2 on Saturdays; exceptions can be made with larger volumes and special circumstances.


  • $150.00 for the first item
  • $140.00 for the second item
  • $130.00 for third and all following items
  • Collections exceeding 8 items receive a discounted rate of $100 per item. (Comparable appraisals are priced at $180.00 for the first item.)

Please be sure to bring all applicable information to the appointment,
i.e. certifications, old appraisals, evidence of providence, photographs, or receipts.

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