Diamond, Gemstone & Jewelry Appraisal

Appraisal Services

Minerva in partnership with DJS Appraisals (“DJS”) and Peña & Associates can offer gemstone, diamond and fine jewelry appraisal services to various clients. DJS has offered to cater their services to clients across major North American cities. We offer select clients the comfort of our team visiting their premises to appraise their high value item(s).

Whether you have fine gold and diamond jewelry, gemstones of every kind, pearls and precious metals, all your valuation needs can be handled with precision and accuracy. The appraisal reports follow the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (“USPAP”), International Society of Appraisers (“ISA”).

We offer select high net worth and ultra high net worth clients access to purchase investment diamonds, investment grade gemstones of every kind and pearls. Additionally, we can co-ordinate the purchases of select paintings and fine art across North America, given our locations.

These Diamond, Gems & Fine Jewelry Appraisal Services cater to:

Individuals may need jewelry appraisals for insurance coverage, estate and trust administration (i.e. charitable donations, federal tax functions, federal casualty loss) or divorce settlement and equitable property distribution purposes. Family law matters require highly accurate valuation for equitable distribution of property within families. Over the years, the value of your jewelry and gemstones can fluctuate greatly. If your last insurance appraisal is over two years old it may be out-of-date and, as a result, your jewelry could be insured for less than its replacement value.

Banks, Auction Houses and the insurance industry need thorough and accurate USPAP appraisals, including appraisal of their inventory.

DJS has acted as expert witness and have over 30+ years of experience. This includes experience with both the Internal Revenue Agency (“IRS”) and Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”).

Government entities often require USPAP compliant valuation for seized property. With DJS’s portable gem laboratory, on-site examinations and appraisals are thorough and accurate.

The appraisal report will include the following:

  • Date of the appraisal
  • Client’s name, address and contact information
  • Statement of the purpose of the appraisal
  • Detailed and clear/understandable description of the item being valued
  • Value of the item(s)
  • Statement/explanation of limiting conditions and assumptions. An example of a limiting condition is the appraiser has to estimate weight for mounted stones.
  • Disclosure statements – be sure you read and understand the fine print
  • Signature of the appraiser
  • Appraiser’s qualifications
  • Names of anyone who assisted in either the evaluation or valuation process