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Jewelry appraiser Trang Pham (Jen) is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and AGA Accredited Senior Gemologist. She is one of only two Accredited Members of the American Society of Appraisers, Gems & Jewelry Discipline, in San Diego County. She won the 2022 Rising Star Award from the American Society of Appraisers for her significant contributions and successes throughout the year within the valuation profession.
At La Jolla Gem Appraisal, your jewelry will be examined scrutinously in your presence, and a comprehensive appraisal report with a thorough description and a credible opinion of valuation will be delivered accordingly.
Your appraisal report will be rendered in accordance with the following:
Our appraisal reports include a thorough description of your jewelry, including its quality, condition, and any unique features that may impact its value. We also provide a credible opinion of valuation, which is essential for insurance, estate, and resale purposes.
As the only AGA Certified Gemological Laboratory in San Diego, we use advanced technology and scientific methods to provide our professional, independent, and unbiased opinions of the identification, quality, and grading.
We provide services in selling jewelry for our private clients who wish to convert the jewelry that no longer fit their lifestyle into liquid assets or for estates and trusts seeking to sell collections or partial collections.
A jewelry appraisal is an unbiased, evidence-based valuation for a specific purpose, as of a specific date, that is based on researched market data that is analyzed and formulated into a report prepared by a trained, experienced professional valuation specialist.
You need jewelry appraisal reports for a variety of reasons: to determine Replacement Value for insurance scheduling; or Fair Market Value for estate planning, equitable distribution, tax liability, dissolution of marriage, litigation; or Marketable Cash Value for reselling your jewelry. In other instances, you may need to a jewelry appraisal for post lost purposes.
An independent jewelry appraiser is professionally trained in gemology and jewelry appraising. He/she is competent and diligent in her/his work to provide credible opinions of valuation. He/she should not sell or buy jewelry or work for any jewelry store to avoid any conflict of interest.
La Jolla Gem Appraisal is an independent jewelry appraiser with an AGA certified gemological laboratory.
Jewelry appraisal fees are based on the complexity of the item(s) and the research and analysis necessary to reach an estimate of value and produce a comprehensive report. Depending on the size of the assignment, our appraisal fee is per-item or hourly based.
Per-item fee: The minimum charge for the first item (in my office) for most standard, contemporary jewelry styles will range from $150.00 to $250.00 and is based on the amount of time required for that item. Depending upon the size and composition of a collection, additional items may start as low as $70.00 per item.
For most appraisals, we provide a fixed quote for the appraisal fee at the time the jewelry is presented. Any unforeseen complications will be communicated to the client if any increased fee is necessary.
Hourly rates: Depending on the scope of work of each assignment, hourly rate fees vary from $175.00-$300.00 and will be computed based upon actual time devoted to examining, analyzing, researching and making report.
You can call La Jolla Gem Appraisal at (858) 255-8085 or use our online booking system on our website to schedule an appointment and watch while your jewelry is being examined and evaluated. Please bring all the documents (receipts, certificates...) you have, together with the jewelry to the appointment. Your jewelry will be examined in a secure environment.
If you have several or complex items that require more time to evaluate, you may choose to leave the jewelry while the examination is performed. Should you choose to leave your jewelry, an intake process with detailed photos of the jewelry will be provided for your receipt.
Depending on each intended use, the level of detail and structure in an appraisal report vary:
For insurance scheduling, a comprehensive appraisal report with photos, a thorough description and replacement value for each item is required.
Appraisal reports for tax liability have to be structured to meet IRS requirements.
For distribution of estate among heirs, the level of detail and reporting will vary with the needs of the family, attorney, or personal representative.
No, there is no such thing called GIA certified appraisal. GIA does not provide jewelry appraisal. While we are GIA Guarduate Gemologist, we received the education and training to identify and grade diamonds and colored stones, we also had formal appraisal training through the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) ; therefore, we are qualified to perform jewelry appraisal competently.
It depends on the size of your jewelry collection and the complexity of each piece, the examination stage can take from 15-45 minutes for each item. After the examination, we will conduct analysis and market research. The report will be sent to you in about a week.
You should check with your insurance company. Many insurance companies suggest updating an appraisal every three-five years. When updating an appraisal, we will reexamine the jewelry and document its current condition and conduct market research accordingly to update the value conclusion based on the current market conditions.
Gemologists use microscopes to observe the stone to analyze if the stone is diamond or its immiation. They can also use the diamond detectors to perform a thermal conductivity test. However, it becomes a great challenge to determine natural diamonds versus lab-grown ones. Because lab-grown diamonds are essentially chemically and optically the same as their natural counterparts, traditional gemological observations and old-style “diamond detectors” are not able to tell them apart. Identification at a professional gemological laboratory or using sophisticated devices are the only reliable methods to separate them from natural diamonds. As the only AGA Certified Gemological Laboratory in San Diego, our lab is fully equipped to provide credible opinions for your diamond jewelry.
Yes, we are one of a few appraisal firms that appraise watches. Please bring all the paper-works you have to the appointment to support the authenticity of your watches.
We can help you quickly convert your unwanted or inherited jewelry into cash by offering our brokering service. We will assist you by examining your jewelry to prepare a description including quality and grading, then we will base on it to seek for the highest offer from our network of knowledgeable buyers. We will charge for our time and a brokering fee.
Our laboratory is well-equipped with high-standard gemological instruments as well as advanced technology to provide accurate, reliable results for our appraisal reports.
We are one of a few laboratories that have the EXA spectrometer to accurately analyze and distinguish natural diamonds from HPHT/ CVD synthetic diamonds and diamond simulants.
By acquiring the AGA Certified Gemological Laboratory (CGL) status - AGA CGL #56, we are joining some of the world's leading gemological labs that believe in excellence and are dedicated to establishing the highest ethical and professional standards of practice.
We schedule appointments Monday - Friday between the hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.