What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Precious Jewels

Custom designed jewelry shows love, romance, passion and emotion. However, many pieces also have considerable monetary value. To protect your precious jewels, it's wise to have them appraised.

Appraisals are multi-step operations and involve examining a piece of jewelry, photographing it, inspecting it for metal type, quality of construction, value and weight of gemstones. The jewelry's vintage and desirability in the marketplace are also important factors if the piece is going to be sold. As the values of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals change, we recommend having your appraisal updated every two years.

When you are ready to have your valuables appraised, David Weiss also owns and operates Gemological Appraisal Services of America. GASA is qualified and available to accommodate any of your appraisal needs.
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If you own any valuable jewelry (and the more you own, the more this applies) having it appraised is a must. Here are some of the reasons:

Your jewelry must be appraised if you want to insure it against theft, disappearance, or damage.

Know what you have and what it's worth if you decide to sell some or all of your jewelry. Also, to calculate your net worth, in case your property must be separated due to divorce, or to divide your estate (in your will) as accurately as possible.

The Appraisal and What to Expect

The purpose of the valuation affects the work. For example, if you need an appraisal for insurance purposes, we'll determine the retail replacement value of the piece. If you want an appraisal before selling a piece, it's necessary to value the jewelry according to its materials or historical value.

Fees are calculated according to the number and nature of items being evaluated, by the complexity of the assignment, at an hourly rate, or a combination of these. Never agree to an appraisal based on a percentage of the jewelry's value or bring the jewelry to someone who may want to buy it, as either factor can affect the value of the appraisal.

A written appraisal containing the following information will be provided; the reason for the appraisal, a description and photograph of the item, plot diagrams of important diamonds or gemstones, the valuation estimate, and the name, signature and credentials of the appraiser.

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Definition of the Diamond,
the April Birthstone


The word diamond is derived from the Greek word "adamas" -- meaning hardest metal. This reflects the mystical properties of the stone -- enhancing relationships and increasing inner strength. It's a precious stone excelling in brilliancy and beautiful play of prismatic colors, and remarkable for its extreme hardness (it's the hardest substance known).

The traditional color associated with the diamond is white, or colorless.They are categorized into the following: colorless, nearly colorless, faintly tinted (usually yellow), lightly tinted (usually yellow) and tinted (usually yellow but may progress to brownish).

From Our Clients ...

 "David did an incredible job of creating a perfect pendant made of white and yellow gold from a drawing I created on my computer. The recipient, and all that have seen it, are just blown away at how beautifully it turned out. David will always be my first choice when I or any of my friends need custom jewelry. Give David a chance and you won't regret it." --Suzie Ingle