Providing an accurate valuation involves science, education, and an understanding of the market.
THE VALUATION METHOD
Over the years we have developed a precise formula to calculate the true and fair market value of an item.  This formula is outlined below.

THE FORMULA

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WHAT IS THE VALUATION NEED FOR?


The client is to provide the market in which they would like their item to be replaced;


• Retail replacement -(commonly used for insurance purposes)
• Estate division - generally directed by solicitors
• Private sale
• Technical information
• Auction


If a retail replacement is required a place of replacement is needs also to be determined i.e; at a traditional jewellery store, a large commercial jeweller chain store, a high end jewellery store etc

IDENTIFYING THE METAL & WEIGHING THE ITEM


The item is tested with acid to verify the approximate gold content i.e 18ct, 14ct, 9ct.  The item is weighed on a calibrated scale and the weight is expressed in grams.

IDENTIFYING THE METHOD OF MANUFACTURE


The method in which the item was manufactured; i.e handmade, cast, or a combination of both. The manufacture includes the manner in which the gems are set; ie cast in place, individually grain set, channel set ect The value of a piece of jewellery can vary dramatically according to the method of manufacture, and the complexity and quality of manufacture.  

ASSESSING THE GEMSTONES


Using a 10x hand lens and specialised scientific gemmological equipment we are able to identify the gem/s and assess the quality.  Measurements of the gems are taken, and approximate gem weights are calculated.

ARRIVING AT A VALUE


After assessing the manufacture, the caratage of the metal, and the type, quality and size of the gems, these elements are combined and a value is determined in the appropriate market/s.  A valuation certificate is produced stating all the relevant information i.e description of the item, weight, carat, gems and their quality, a picture of the item, and of course, the relevant value.