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A DISCERNING EYE
Handing over your prized possessions or an entire estate can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it need not be.
Finding the right experts to guide you through the process with a scientific method, transparency, integrity, and care is imperative. Our team deliver just that and more.
Have a piece that’s priceless to you? Protect it with an NCJV certified valuation.
IDENTIFYING THE METAL & WEIGHING THE ITEM
To determine what type of precious metal your jewellery is made of, we either test it with a specialised acid or perform an XRF test to verify the appropriate gold content (18ct, 14ct, 9ct, etc.).
Don’t worry, this does not damage even the most delicate jewellery. After we determine the carat value, it is then weighed to determine the quantity of precious metal.
IDENTIFYING THE METHOD OF MANUFACTURE
The value of your jewellery can vary dramatically according to the method used to craft it. The method of manufacture determines the complexity, quality, and integrity of your item. We pay particular attention to the way the gems are set in place; individual grain set, cast in place, channel set, and so forth.
ASSESSING THE GEMSTONES
This is where our in-depth expertise comes to light. The most up-to-date understanding of the rarity and market demands of your gemstone is imperative to this step. Using a 10x hand lens and highly specialised gemological equipment, we identify the gems and assess their quality, size, and their rarity.
ARRIVING AT A VALUE
The value of your jewellery is the combination of the quality of its manufacture, purity of the precious metal, type, quality, size and rarity of the gem. A valuation certificate is produced with a detailed description of your item; weight, carat, gems and their quality, a picture of your item and the relevant value.
TYPES OF VALUATIONS
The main motivation behind any valuation is to determine its true and fair value. But the reasons for a valuation can vary widely.
Insurance: your valuation will require technical detail for retail replacement purposes.
Estate Division: usually required for a fair and equitable division of assets.
Fair market value: a value given to an item for the price it is expected to realise if it is sold as second hand, if there is no pressure to sell.
Private Sale: reasonable second-hand value, without retailers overhead (as opposed to fair market value).
Court-ordered valuations: in the case of asset division, often during a divorce, a court may request 3 different valuations of the same item from different, independent valuers.
Probate: forced sale value or scrap values of the gems and precious metals.
Auction Reserves: this valuation gives you an estimated ‘hammer price’. It excludes any buyer or seller’s commission.
Technical: this valuation states the technical merits of the item and authenticates the gems / diamonds / metals / brand, etc.
Qualified team of gemmologists, diamond graders and jewellers.
A reputation for providing service with the highest ethical standards.
Over 60 years combined experience and extensive education.