- What do I get for my money?
- Is your appraisal just an opinion?
- Why should I provide my customers with an appraisal?
- What about insuring my customers' jewelry. Do you provide this service?
- What if I already have an appraisal from one of my suppliers?
- How long does an appraisal of one item take?
- Do you do on-site appraisal work?
You will receive a full evaluation, authentication and estimated retail valuation which is then compiled into a 1-page document, the A.I.G.L. appraisal. This appraisal will contain all pertinent identification information about your luxury wristwatch or fine jewelry piece and can be used for personal or for insurance purposes. With this your customer receive the peace of mind that his/her timepiece or jewelry piece is independently authenticated and valued by an unbiased, 3rd party that adheres to strict ethical standards. An example of our appraisal can be seen below.
No, an A.I.G.L. Appraisal is a detailed report including authentication, identification of all major components, and valuation of your luxury timepiece or fine jewelry item. This report includes detailed scientific analysis performed by our professionals, who have over 150 years of collective appraising experience. Each appraisal takes approximately 2 hours to complete and each item is put through stringent acid testing to verify metal content (Usually gold or platinum), model, movement and serial # cross-referencing in our computer database for luxury wristwatches, as well as microscopic examination of gemstones for cut, color, clarity, and weight. This appraisal is far more comprehensive than can be independently obtained by your customer from a local jeweler.
Appraisals provide a way to generate trust in your business. Although appraisals are not cheap, your customers are far more likely to trust you and repeatedly buy from you if your products are evaluated by a reputable, independent, 3rd party. Customers will want an appraisal to verify a fair purchase price, verify authenticity, obtain an estimated new retail replacement value for insurance purposes and to have all the pertinent identification information about your item in one convenient document.
The A.I.G.L. services industry partners only and does not take retail inquiries. The A.I.G.L. refers its clients to the Jewelers Mutual insurance company which is the largest insurer of high-end luxury timepieces and fine diamond jewelry. You may want to inform retail customers that adding items over $20,000 to their homeowners' insurance policy can increase their annual fees. Please have your customers check with their homeowner's insurance company for more details
The A.I.G.L. cannot accept or take into consideration any outside paperwork outside of a GIA or EGL diamond certification with laser inscription on the diamond. The A.I.G.L. maintains this policy to adhere to the strictest ethical standards within the industry and thus provides independent and unbiased authentication and appraisal evaluations.
Our appraisal process including Preparation, Notation, Research and Valuation, and Documentation takes approximately 2 hours per luxury timepiece or fine jewelry item. If you drop off your inventory before 10am, we will generally have it back to you by the morning of the next business day. Please note that the A.I.G.L. accepts jobs from industry retail clients only, not retail customers.
Yes, we can schedule appointments for on-site appraisals for jobs of $5000 or more. Simply contact us to schedule your appointment ahead of time. Please note that we only perform on-site work for existing clients, whom we have maintained a long working relationship with. If you have 50 or less items we suggest you bring them into our offices.