Why does an appraiser request to review bills of sale and GIA certificates?
In most appraisals, past sale records will play a pivotal role in the appraiser’s research process. If the client can make bills of sale available to the appraisers, it reduces research time and therefore reduces appraisal cost. Jewelry appraisers can assess the cut, color, clarity and quality of stones in jewelry on-site. However, specifications such as exact carat size and weight require gemological laboratories, which our appraisers do not have access to on-site. Therefore, it is helpful for clients to make GIA certificates available. If this is not possible, our jewelry appraisers may need to reach out to the GIA to confirm stone specifications.