JEWELRY APPRAISAL

APPRAISING JEWELRY IS THE HARDEST TASK IN THE JEWELRY BUSINESS. It is much more than a service offered by many jewelers. IT IS A PROFESSION UNTO ITSELF.

Tom Tivol Jewels is the premier provider of jewelry, gemstone and silver appraisal services in Kansas City. We serve individual customers, estate planning professionals and insurance agents throughout the United States. All of our appraisals adhere to the highest standards of testing, laboratory equipment and appraisal methodology. Tom Tivol himself is a Graduate Geologist in Residence from the Gemological Institute of America and a Certified Gemologist in the American Gem Society. He brings over 42 years of experience to the business. Mr. Tivol adheres to the code of ethics set forth by the UNIFORM STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL APPRAISAL PRACTICE.

Tom is available to appraise 7 days each week. We can also accommodate off-site meetings to complete appraisals outside the Kansas City metro, or when clients are unable to travel to our store.

To answer all questions not covered here, please contact us directly at (913) 489-7056.

To instill confidence in the public, the jewelry appraiser must have both academic training and decades of experience buying and selling jewelry and gemstones. In addition, the appraiser must master the art of appraising, which includes the study of the appraisal process, understanding the requirement of research and the ethical and legal rules governing the work product.

There are lots of places to purchase gemstones and jewelry, online and in traditional formats, in your city and on trips; however there are very few gemstone/jewelry experts and or expert jewelry and gemstone appraisers. This suggests that the appraiser relationship is more important to the security of a family than the choice of jewelry sellers over the decades.

The public requests appraisals for many reasons. Here are the 12 most commonly requested types of appraisals, in no particular order.

1. Homeowner’s/renter’s insurance.
2. To divide jewelry equally among family members.
3. For divorce.
4. To sell to a jeweler, to sell at auction, to sell on consignment.
5. To receive a deduction for a charitable donation under the Internal Revenue Service rules.
6. To deduct a casualty loss under the Internal Revenue Service rules.
7. To distribute jewelry through estate planning documents.
8. As collateral for a loan.
9. To support a barter agreement.
10. To confirm pricing provided by the seller.
11. To confirm the seller’s representations of age, gemstone origin (natural, synthetic, imitation), gemstone quality, gemstone treatments, gemstone geographic origin.
12. To identify the manufacturer, designer, hallmark.

WHAT IS AN APPRAISAL?

An appraisal is a written description and valuation of an item for the requested purpose, performed by an expert in the buying, selling and appraising of that item, who remains completely independent of the selling process. Reports written by the seller and used to insure the item are not appraisals. They may or may not protect the owner properly. Reports written by the seller should be called “Reports for Insurance.” They are usually accepted by the insurance company and most often they repeat information provided by the seller during the sales presentation. Some of these reports are satisfactory. As a general rule however, these reports do not describe the product sufficiently to properly protect the owner down the road in the event of damage or loss. In addition, the appraised value reflects only a single value in the seller’s business. It does not consider values of similar gemstones and jewelry available from other sources.

For fee information, please contact us directly at (913) 489-7056, or complete the form below. All appraisals are by appointment only.

Resources and Consumer Information

The Gemological Institute of America
The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
The Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts
Pricescope, a Consumer Advocate Site
Adornment, The Magazine of Jewelry and Related Arts


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