By Carol Clarke This is one of the most common questions I get asked by clients when I am valuing their branded jewellery. At the moment, there are so many different types of branded jewellery, with more brands springing up every month. In my opinion, there is an important distinction to be made. On […]
Many insurance companies will only accept jewellery valued for insurance from Registered Valuers that have proven themselves through numerous practical and theory examinations along with experience in jewellery valuation services.
Be sure that you use a Registered Valuer from the Institute of Registered Jewellery in London to complete your jewellery valuation services or get your jewellery valued for insurance. If you do not use an expert jewellery valuer from this Institute, you could have problems in the future if you ever need to make a claim.
I am always asked this question mostly from people who are going to buy diamonds abroad. There are many different laboratories that issue diamond certificates around the world. There are the major ones like GIA, HRD, IGI and others like EGL and GAA. As a GIA gemmologist myself I am slightly biased as I know […]
Now, I most certainly am not an advocate of the “free cleaning service” which I do not offer and for good reason. Firstly, before any piece of jewellery is professionally cleaned it must be fully checked by a gemstone setter to make sure that it is suitable for professional cleaning. By “professional cleaning” I mean […]
It is very fashionable to travel to Antwerp to buy an engagement ring as it is perceived as being “a lot cheaper” than buying in Ireland. As a jewellery valuer I do not believe it is “a lot cheaper”. If one adds up all the cost involved and then what happens when it all goes […]
Recently, we were asked to provide an expert opinion for an interview with Beyond4Cs; a website dedicated to consumer education. Over 100 industry experts were interviewed including appraisers, wholesalers and retailers. Here’s the excerpt of our response from the write up: When do I think is the best time to buy an engagement ring? Well […]
Well you may ask what is a micro set ring?. I am sure you all know that the word “micro” is short for microscopic which means very small among other things. So micro set rings are rings set with small stones which have extremely small pieces of metal on each stone and so, there lies […]
Antique Ring Valuations I have numerous calls from people about to buy an engagement ring and get asked various different questions regarding the same. However, last week I had a call from a young couple who wanted to know if the percentages of the star facet in relation to the width of the table would […]
Diamond Engagement Ring Valuation I am forever being asked “where is the best place to buy a diamond ring?” from many couples that have just purchased a diamond engagement ring abroad. Well of course I would have to say that I think my shop is the best place to buy a diamond ring for obvious […]