Please call (858) 255-8085/ email to schedule your appointment.
Please call (858) 255-8085/ email to schedule your appointment.
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Appraisal Services

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.

The hourly rate for appraisal services performed in the office is $175.00. 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.

You are welcome to schedule an appointment for single items and watch while your jewelry is being examined and evaluated. If you have multiple or complex items that require more time to evaluate or if you have other business to attend to during the day, you may choose to leave the jewelry while the examination is performed. Should you choose to leave your jewelry, we take the time to locate a unique identifying characteristic for each item so that you can confidently identify your jewelry when you return. Multiple jewelry items are photographed for your receipt when jewelry is left with us.

All jewelry is fully insured while in the office.


Updates of Existing Appraisals
Updates of appraisals performed by La Jolla Gem Appraisal are generally 60% of the full appraisal fee.


The hourly rate for consultations (in the office) is $ 175.00 to be billed in quarter hour increments.

The hourly rate (out of my office) is $ 250.00 which includes travel time + mileage or other travel expenses incurred, with a minimum charge of one hour.


If you would prefer to have your jewelry appraised on site at your home, office or bank, La Jolla Gem Appraisal retains fully-equipped portable gemological laboratories. All local assignments outside the office are billed at the hourly rate of $400.00, from door to door. Please take this into consideration when requesting this service.

For travel outside of the San Diego area, please contact us and we will estimate travel expenses for the specific assignment.