Overview

GemSecure Jewelry appraisals, is an independent jewelry appraisal business offering
professional appraisals for a variety of intended uses. I offer a while you watch appraisal
service at my office, or a mobile lab service to come to the location of your choice.  
I am sensitive to the many questions my clients might have regarding the appraisal
process and am happy to explain the evaluation and valuation process as I am
conducting it.  My appraisal reports are detailed, comprehensive, written reports that
clearly explain the evaluation and valuation process.  
What Happens First ?

First, you will fill out a quick form with your name, address and phone number and
indicate the intended use of the appraisal.

I will then briefly explain to you the grading criteria for diamonds and or colored
gemstones, so that you will have a basic idea of how the quality of a gemstone relates
to value.  This will help you to understand the evaluation and valuation process that I will
be performing on your jewelry item.

I explain the evaluation and valuation process as I am conducting it.  
I walk through the process with you step by step - While You Watch.
It's important to me that you understand how and why I arrive at the value conclusion.
I am happy to answer any questions you might have during the appraisal process.

You sit directly across from me while I conduct  the evaluation.  Your jewelry item is
always in plain view.
 
The Evaluation Process:

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Diamond Grading:

All diamonds over half a carat will be issued a diamond grading report.

Clarity:  - The internal characteristic or inclusions will be observed under a high powered gemological microscope and a plot
diagram will show the location and type of inclusion.  A clarity grade using the GIA clarity grading system will be assigned and
noted in the report.

Color analysis: The amount of inherent color in your diamond will be evaluated and compared to GIA master graded diamonds
under proper daylight diamond grading lamps.  A letter grade for your color type using the GIA color grading system will be
assigned and noted in the report.  I have a full set of master graded diamonds for comparison, graded and certified by the
Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Carat Weight: If your diamond is mounted, the carat weight is estimated by using a standard formula for the type of cut for your
stone.  If your stone un-mounted, it is directly weighed on a digital carat weight scale.  The weight is noted in the report.

Cutting Proportions: The cutting proportions of your diamond are evaluated.  This includes, measurements of the diameter or
length & width, along with the depth of your diamond.   Depth%, Table%, Crown Angle, and Girdle Thickness are evaluated and
noted in the final report.

Finish:  Symmetry and Polish will be assessed and given a grade of Poor to Excellent and noted in the report.

Cut Grade:  A cutting class is assigned based on the stones cutting proportions and is noted in the report.

Fluorescence:  Your diamond will be tested for a reaction to long wave and short wave ultra violet light.  The findings will be noted
in the report.

Enhancements:  Any and all enhancements that are detectable by gemological testing will be noted in the report.
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Cutting Proportion & Light Return Analysis Reports:
If you have just purchased a new diamond, having the detailed cutting proportions and light return
quality attributes confirmed is very important. GemSecure offers cut grading and light return analysis reports of diamonds to the highest
accuracy using the Sarin DiaScan S15+ with the GIA® Facetware™.  Comprehensive cutting proportion and symmetry analysis, as well as
Hearts & Arrows and Light Return ASET images are included in each report.  

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Colored Stone Grading:

All colored stones over one carat will be issued a colored stone grading report.

Hue (color): The color of your stone is compared to a GIA master color comparison set to determine the stones color or hue and
noted in the report.

Saturation of Color: The saturation of color inherent throughout the stone is evaluated and noted.

Tone: The degree of lightness or darkness of the color of the stone is evaluated and noted.

Carat Weight: If your stone is mounted, the carat weight is estimated by using a standard formula for the variety and cut type of
your stone.  If your stone un-mounted, it is directly weighed on a digital carat weight scale.  The weight is noted in the report.

Cutting Proportions:  Depth%, Table%, Girdle thickness are evaluated and noted.

Cut Grade: The cutting class based on the stones cutting proportions is evaluated and noted in the report.

Clarity Type: The clarity type is noted for your variety of colored stone.

Clarity: A clarity grade is assigned that is appropriate for the clarity type for your stone and noted in the report.

Finish: Symmetry and Polish will be observed and given a grade of Poor to Excellent and noted in the report.

Enhancements:  Any and all enhancements that are detectable by gemological testing will be noted in the report.
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Mounting Attributes:

A complete evaluation of the mounting is done and is described in detail in the final report.

Each piece of jewelry will be weighed, measured and described in detail.

Inscriptions, hallmarks, karat stamping's, signatures and any other identifying markings are noted.

A metallurgic analysis is done on all metals to verify type and fineness and noted in the report.

Any additional diamond accents or colored stones are evaluated for clarity and color and carat weight and
are estimated using the appropriate formulas.  The findings are noted in the report.

Custom design and hand fabricated work, along with signed pieces are noted and taken into account in the final value conclusion.
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The Final Hard Copy Appraisal Report:

All the quality analysis information listed above is conveyed in a clear and easy to understand format in the final appraisal report.

Digital Photographs of all jewelry items are taken and included in the appraisal document.

Your appraisal report will explain the grading system used.

An explanation and the definition of value used will be included, along with the instructions for the appropriate use of the appraisal
report.

The appraisers certification of practice is included and the report is signed by the appraiser.

Your appraisal will be prepared in conformity with the Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice, USPAP.

The final appraisal report is a folded booklet that comes in a protective vinyl pouch with one extra copy.
List of Gemological Instruments available at GemSecure:
Every GemSecure appraisal is professionally prepared to the highest standards and observes the Code of
Ethics of the American Society of Appraisers.  All documents and services offered by GemSecure are
provided in conformity with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice promulgated by the
Appraisal foundation, ASA.
 

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GIA Binocular Microscope (0.7X to 4.2X)                         
Diamond Proportion analyzer                                
Electronic Gem Scale                                        
Electronic metal scale                                        
Dichroscope                                                
Polaroid filter lenses for microscope                        
Refractometer                                                    
Diamond grading light                                         
10X hand loupe                                                 
Master comparison set                                       
Polariscope
GIA Proportion Scope
Ideal Scope
Hearts & Arrow Scope
AGS Digital ASET Camera
GIA Facetware Diamond Grading Software
Hand Held ASET Scope
Heavy liquids
Fiber optic light source
Chelsea Filter
Millimeter micrometer
Presidium Electronic Gemstone Gauge
Presidium Gem Weight computer
Immersion cell
GIA GEM Spectroscope
G-1 Electronic Gold Tester and acids
Ultra-violet light (long and short wave)
Leverage Gauge and Tables