Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is an “independent jewelry appraiser?”

    An independent jewellery appraiser does not buy or sell jewellery allowing him/her to act as an impartial third party. The appraiser should not act as a buyer or a seller and cannot have a relationship with the pieces being appraised (or the parties involved). This assures you that the appraiser is being fair and impartial; the pieces being appraised are not being artificially inflated or devalued.

  • Do you appraise fine watches?

    Yes! We appraise all fine watches including Rolex, Tag Heuer, Breitling, Cartier, Omega, Raymond Weil, etc. We will provide you with a complete description and the current retail replacement value needed to properly insure your watch.

  • How much do you charge for a jewelry appraisal?

    At Alison Gemstones, we believe in providing an experience. While most appraisers require you to leave your jewellery for analysis, we want you to be a part of the process. Put your suspicions to rest – we perform the appraisal in front of you so your jewellery never leaves your sight. One item takes approximately thirty minutes with an appraiser where you are encouraged to be as involved as you like. You leave with your jewellery and we will email you a copy of your appraisal. If you don’t need jewellery formally documented but are looking for details and general values on items, we offer a variety of services to answer all your questions.

  • What is included with my appraisal?

    Appraisals can include the following:

    • The value clearly stated
    • A digital color photograph of each piece
    • Documentation of the type and condition of the metal and mounting
    • A description of the stone(s), including grades of clarity, color and cut, measurements and weight.
    • My signature as an accredited gemologist

    For non-verbal appraisals, I’ll give you two copies of the appraisal, one of which you can, if you wish, send to your insurance company.

  • What if I already have an appraisal from the store where I bought my jewelry?

    An independent appraiser who does not buy or sell jewellery is more likely to give you an unbiased opinion about the true condition and value of your jewellery. You need not worry that you are getting an inflated replacement value.

  • How often do I need to have my jewelry appraised?

    Most insurance companies recommend that you have your jewelry appraisal reports updated every three to five years.

  • How long does it take to do a jewelry appraisal? Do I need to leave my jewelry?

    Typically clients do not need to leave their jewelry. In fact, clients are encouraged to stay and observe the appraisal process. Please allow approximately 30 minutes per item.

    Of course, clients are able to make arrangements to leave their jewelry and return after the appraisal is completed.

  • Do I need to bring any other documentation with me when I come for my appointment?

    Yes. In order to give you the most accurate appraisal possible, bring with you any receipts, diamond certificates or diamond reports from GIA, EGL, AGS, etc. This will save time.

  • Do I need to make an appointment for a jewelry appraisal?

    Yes. Appointments ensure that each client will receive individual and prompt service. To schedule an appointment please send us a mail at [email protected]

  • What is the GIA?

    GIA stands for: Gemological Institute of America.

    Founded in 1931 by Roger Shipley, this non- profit organization upholds the highest standards for grading diamonds and other precious gems. The GIA has one of the most-respected and well regarded gemological laboratories in the world; GIA was responsible for developing and standardizing the diamond grading system that is used today by nearly all other gem labs.