Apprasial Scale and Definitions

Purpose and Function

This explains in detail what type of value is being sought, how the appraisal is to be used.

Professional Profile

This is the appraiser's history of education and experience.

Body

This is the item specific area of the appraisal. It is critical that it is written properly.

Type of item

Watch, ring, pendant, etc.

Gender

Men's or Lady's

Metal contents and type

14kt, 18kt, yellow, white, 950 platinum, 925 sterling silver, etc.

Metal finishes

High polished, satin, Florentine, hand engraved, etc.

Settings

6 prong platinum head, yellow gold bezel, bead set, etc.

Measurements

Length, width, thickness.

Item shapes

Heart shaped pendant, knife-edge shank, round bezel, etc.

Metal weigh

In pennyweight or grams, with stones, gross weight.

Engraving

Text

Circa

The age of the item, modern, 1915, 1965, etc.

Condition of the piece

Excellent, goodslight wear; fair heavy wear with some damage, etc.

Style number

If known

Manufacturer

If known

Signatures, hallmarks, and trademarks

Manufacture’s marks a piece made by Rolex is more valuable than the same piece as an unknown.

Provenance

 

If it can be proven this ring belonged to Elizabeth Taylor. If it cannot be proven this item was represented to the client as having belonged to the a famous actress, Elizabeth taylor, but cannot be substantiated. Include any supporting documentation and photographs.

Family Lore

Notation reguarding family legend for example: This ring belonged to great Aunt Jennie whom received it in 1919 and was handed down to Mary in 1950, etc. Include any supporting documentationand photographs.

Photographs

Digital

Diamonds

 

Natural vs. synthetic, modern cuts, old cuts old mine, old European, rose, and transitional, fancy colored natural vs. enhanced, Ideal cuts, and enhanced fracture filled, laser drilled, HTHP color enhanced

Weight

Gross

Shape

Round, marquise, pear, cushion, etc.

Faceting style

Single cut, full cut, step cut, etc.

Physical measurements

Length x Width x Depth, multiple stones are noted with the number of stones with a total weight of 1.00ct measuring three at L x W x D, two at L x W x D, and five at L x W x D.

Proportions

Sometimes refered to make of the diamond, shows angles and percentages of specific areas of a diamond.

Clarity

Scale used to give indicitation of a diamond's amount of inclusions.

Color

Scale used to give indicitaion of a diamond's body color or hue.

Finish

Polish and symmetry.

Fluorescence

Special light usually only visable under ultraviolet light.

Enhancements

Laser drilling, fracture filling, etc.

Plotting

Stones over 1.00ct are plotted

Inscriptions

Notatation e.g., report number 654321 inscribed on girdle.

Colored gemstones

 

 

 

 

 

Natural vs. synthetic, gemstone enhancements fracture filling, heat treatment, glass infilling, deep diffusion treatment, coating, irradiation, paraffin coating, dye, and assembled stones.

  • Note there are many more enhancements then listed above, and the majority of gemstones on the market today are enhanced. You want to address how the enhancements will be reported in the appraisal.

Rare colored gemstones, origin the country of origin can play a major role in the value of the gemstone.

Stone type

Ruby, jade, emerald, synthetic sapphire including manufacturing process e.g. fame fusion, Chatham flux, etc.

Shape

Cushion, round, etc.

Faceting arrangement

Step cut, mixed cut, cabochon, etc.

Clarity

Using GIA recognized grading system.

Enhancements

 

Most colored gemstones on the market today are enhanced. If the enhancement is known, or what is it believed to be, and what type of enhancement it is e.g. fracture filling, glass impregnation, dye, bleaching, oiling, heat, diffusion, etc.

Origin

If known.

Phenomenon

Description of phenomenon e.g. asterismstar, color change, and all given qualities of the phenomenon i.e.6-ray star, rays sharp, bright, straight, centered etc.

Carvings

Description, content, quality, etc.

Pearls

Natural vs. cultured vs. assembled, freshwater or saltwater.

Type

Akoya, freshwater, south sea, mabé, etc.

Size

6.0-6.5mm, 13mm, etc.

Shape

Coin, round, off round, baroque, etc.

Color

White, cream, black, etc.

Overtone

Rosé, green, gray, etc.

Nacre

Thick, thin, etc.

Luster

High, dull, etc.

Blemishes

Very slightly blemished, very blemished, etc.

Matching

Good, fair, very good, etc.

Drilled

Non drilled, full drilled, half drilled

Setting

Peg, prong, strung knotted, strung unknotted, etc.

Enhancements

bleached, dyed, irradiated, etc.

Number of pearls

 

Weight

grains, carats, grams, pennyweight

Watches

Pocket and wrist, modern and period, condition analysis, authentic vs. fake or after-market parts

Type

strap, bracelet, pocket, pendant, etc.

Manufacture

Rolex, Waltham, Gruen, etc.

Style

Daytona, curvex, demi-hunter, chronograph, etc.

Gender

Male or Female

Metal content

Gold, platinum, gold filled, titanium, steel, etc.

Finish

Engraved, enameled, satin, high polished, etc.

Dial

Color, hands, markers, signature, sub dials, date wheel, etc. Has it been refinished?

Crystal

Lucite, glass, synthetic sapphire, etc; is it a replacement?

Crown

Screw-down, push buttons, etc.

Bezel type

Unilateral ratcheting dive, diamond- see above

Movement type and set

Quartz, automatic, chronometer, mechanical, jeweled, caliber, lever set, pin set, stem set, 6 size, etc.

Bracelet

Type, integrated, measurements, etc.

Clasp

Deployment, buckle, fold over with wet suit extension and safety, etc.

Parts

Original, aftermarket replacements.

Serial numbers

Case, movement, etc.

Style numbers

Case, brace, clasp, etc.

Circa

Modern, 1980, 1930, etc.

Condition

Excellent, good, refinished, repaired, worn, not running, etc.

Weight

Gram, pennyweight

Inscriptions or engravings

Detailed description

Metals

9kt, 10kt, 14kt, 18kt, 20+kt, yellow v. white, platinum, rhodium, silver, gold filled, gold plated etc. Testing metals and manufacturing process cast, hand fabrication, die struck, machined.

General jewelry

 

Mass-produced vs. custom, antique and period vs. reproductions and “married” pieces period with modern parts and converted pieces modern, along with quality assessment. Enamels and inlays.

Hallmarks and Trademarks

Detailed Description

Accessories

Compacts, chatelaines, cigarette cases and lighters