Seek out the professional that will give an expert opinion on your jewelry

Finding the right appraiser requires an investigation of his or her qualifications. Jewelry appraising, unlike real estate appraising, is not a licensed profession. Some appraisers may belong to professional associations. It is also recommended that the appraiser have gemological credentials from a recognized trade school. However, remember that depending on the assignment, the level of expertise may vary just as it would with a specialist in the medical profession. A jeweler that does appraisals may not have certain credentials or expertise but may be qualified to do some appraisals, especially on items that they sold you.