Our Appraisal Pricing Approach:
Our appraising service is billed by the hour and not by the item. We do this because some items, like a gold chain, take very little time to appraise, so why pay full price for just a few minutes of work. On average we can appraise two to three jewelry items per hour.
Items left for appraisal: $95.00/hour.
Items appraised while you wait: $145.00/hour.
Items previously appraised by Bellman’s: $40.00/hr.
- All appraisals include a color photo of each item.
- You will receive two printed copies of your appraisals.
- All appraisals are stored in our database; therefore, prices can be updated in the future without the need for bring the jewelry back to the store.
Did you know that the State of New Hampshire does NOT require a person performing jewelry appraisals to have any gemological training and/or be licensed to do jewelry appraisal in any way? There are NO State of Federal educational requirements whatsoever. This may sound unbelievable but it is a fact, 90% of all jewelry appraisals contain information that is either incomplete, inaccurate or in some cases completely false. At Bellman’s, only trained jewelry professionals will be completing your appraisal.
Due to the lack of regulation, it ultimately becomes your responsibility to find a qualified jewelry appraiser to determine not only the value of your jewelry but have the knowledge and ability to identify and grade the quality of your gemstones and jewelry. If you should have to make a jewelry claim and the information in your appraisal is vague or inaccurate, then the insurance company will not have the ability to adjust your claim properly and you will most likely not receive full compensation for your claim.
What Qualifications should you look for in a jewelry appraiser?
First and foremost, the appraiser should have attended an accredited program like the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A), the world’s most well-known school of gemology.
Bellman’s has three G.I.A. Graduate Gemologists’ on staff at Bellman’s so you are assured that your jewelry will be appraisal accurately by professional trained jewelry appraisers.
David H. Bellman, G.G.
GIA – Graduate Gemologist (G.G) 1996 President, Bellman Jewelers, Inc.
Justin E. Krall
GIA – Graduate Gemologist (G.G) in residence Santa Monica 1996 and Accredited Jewelry Professional (A.J.P)
Worked as an Instructor at the Gemological Institute of America in New York City
Michelle E. Krall, A.J.P
G.I.A. Graduate Diamond and Accredited Jewelry Professional (A.J.P.) currently enrolled in final courses of G.I.A. Graduate Gemologist program, has been with Bellman’s for 5 years.