Appraisals and Jewelry Buying

Jewelry Buying

Your fine jewelry may be worth more than you think. Hamilton Jewelers, a trusted name for over 100 years, will consider your valuables for purchase. Please ask us about consigning your jewelry.

Please bring in your:

  • FINE SWISS TIMEPIECES
  • ANTIQUE & ESTATE PIECES
  • DIAMONDS
  • FINE JEWELRY
  • GOLD & PLATINUM

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Appraisal Services

Hamilton Jewelers offers comprehensive appraisal services by Gemologists who are Graduates of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and certified members of the American Gem Society, (AGS), and National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA).

Our appraisers are highly trained and experienced specialists in the areas of new, vintage and antique jewelry and watches. Following a strict code of ethics governed by international organizations such as the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Council for Responsible Jewelry Practices, and Jewelers of America, our associates are committed to promoting responsible business practices in a clear and accountable manner. Our services include the generation of:

  • Insurance appraisals
  • Tax, estate and probate appraisals
  • Pre and Post purchase valuations
  • Resale, liquidation and inventory appraisals
  • Grading reports for clarity, color, cut and carat weight, along with a "map" of inclusions
  • Gemstone identification reports
  • Forensic and damage reports

and provision of:

  • Expert witness testimony and
  • Private consultations

To arrange an appointment with one of our specialists, please call (609) 416-0156-HAMILTON.

Some information about appraisal documents

A jewelry appraisal can be done on any item of jewelry, regardless of the composition, style, or condition. The purpose of a jewelry appraisal is to assign an estimated dollar value for an item, but market values change, so we recommend you have fine jewelry appraisals updated every three to five years. The document should always include the following detail:

  • Weights, measurements, photographs and a detailed narrative description of each item.
  • Identification, quality analyses, measurements and estimated weights for all gems.
  • Metal type and purity.
  • An explanation for all special terminology used.

Labratory Reports

A laboratory report describes an unmounted gemstone and is akin to its "birth certificate". Reports differ for diamonds and colored gems, but documentation includes specifics about carat weight and dimensions, color and clarity grades, and detail relating to the gemstone's shape and faceting style. These reports, generally, do not include values. Hamilton provides Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or American Gem Society (AGS) reports for all diamonds that we sell