Frequently Asked Questions Jewelry Appraisals

Curt Parker Jewelers is committed to providing you with all the information necessary to research and buy the jewelry of your dreams. Here are some frequently asked questions about Curt Parker Jewelers and the diamond and jewelry buying process. 

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What is a jewelry appraisal? 

Does Curt Parker Jewelers do appraisals?

What are Curt Parker Jewelers  qualifications?

Who does the appraising and what are their credentials?

I heard the term the AGS, What does that mean?

I heard the term the GIA, What does that mean?

 

What is a jewelry appraisal? 


A jewelry appraisal is a written document that appropriately describes a piece of jewelry and assigns a value to it, based on specific methodology. The quality of an appraisal is directly related to the appraiser's knowledge, experience and integrity. At Curt Parker Jewelers, a qualified appraiser correctly identifies and describes the gems, gem materials, precious and non-precious metals that comprise your piece of jewelry. All components of the piece are assessed -- its craftsmanship, relative beauty, rarity and the overall quality. The market availability of your jewelry is then researched and an accurate, unbiased valuation is determined. This valuation is based on methodology warranted by the purpose of the appraisal, whether it be to insure the piece of jewelry against potential loss or for the division of family jewelry for estate purposes, for example. Two copies of the formal, written appraisal are provided for your use, stamped with the Curt Parker corporate seal.

Does Curt Parker Jewelers do appraisals?

Curt Parker Jewelers is pleased to offer professional appraisal services. We are members of the prestigious American Gem Society and include on our staff a Certified Gemologist Appraisers and four Registered Jewelers with more than 60 years of combined experience in the jewelry industry.  We maintain a Certified AGS Gem Laboratory in our store and adhere to the Society’s Code of Ethics, the most comprehensive in the jewelry industry. Our qualified appraisers, trained in both gemology and valuation theory, will identify the gems, gem materials, and metals that comprise your jewelry.  We will properly assess all components of the piece, including relative beauty and rarity, and determine its overall quality and value.

Fees begin at $75.00 per item. Future valuation updates are provided at no charge. Hourly rates are available for large collections or antique jewelry. We will be happy to help you with jewelry you may have inherited and with division of jewelry in your own estate.  Please call with any questions you may have or to schedule an appraisal appointment. Remember, the most important elements in a professional appraisal service are the appraisers’ knowledge and integrity. 

Clients who purchase jewelry at Curt Parker Jewelers with a retail value of $500.00 or more per item automatically receive a Jewelry Insurance Replacement Report. This report, which is used for purchasing jewelry insurance, should be kept with the original receipt in a safe place.  We provide future valuation updates at no charge when you bring the Report accompanied by the jewelry to our store. 

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What are Curt Parker Jewelers Qualifications?


Curt Parker Jewelers is a member of the prestigious American Gem Society and includes on its staff AGS and GIA trained professionals with more than 60 years of combined experience in the jewelry industry. Our education is on-going, with participation in national workshops and seminars to maintain cutting edge knowledge of the latest gemological news, production techniques and gemstone treatments. Our AGS gemologists must be re-certified annually, and we maintain a Certified AGS Gem Laboratory in our store. 

Who does the appraising and what are their credentials?

AGS Certified Gemologist Appraiser

Elizabeth Parker, CGA, GG    BIO

 

AGS Certified Gemologists

Elizabeth Parker, CGA, GG  
 

GIA Graduate Gemologists

Elizabeth Parker, CGA, GG 
 

GIA Gemologists


Elizabeth Parker, CGA, GG 

 

AGS Registered Jewelers

Curt Parker, RJ                 BIO
Elizabeth Parker, CGA, GG   BIO
Nicole Finney RJ          BIO
Charles Wallace RJ BIO

 

I heard the term the AGS, what does that mean?

AGS is an acronym for The American Gem Society. Since 1934, the mission of the American Gem Society has been to protect the consumer. Through Curt Parker Jewelers and its other member firms, AGS promotes the highest professional standards of ethics, education and service in the jewelry industry.  Those who have become AGS titleholders have attained the very highest levels of gemological expertise.

I heard the term the GIA, what does that mean?

GIA is an acronym for The Gemological Institute of America. The Gemological Institute of America provides the educational foundation of the jewelry industry.  GIA offers education and training in gemology, manufacturing, design, and other important aspects of the industry.   It also developed the diamond grading system used throughout the world today.  The title of  “GIA Gemologist” is internationally recognized and respected as one of the most valuable academic credential in the trade.

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