Bridal & Engagement
Jewellers Vigilance Canada
A jewellery appraisal is a written professional opinion of the authenticity, quality, design and approximate value of a piece of jewellery, for purposes including retail replacement, probate or estate. Since it is an ‘informed, professional opinion’, there can be variations between appraisals.
Appraisal fees vary according to the service being rendered and the intended use of the appraisal. A qualified appraiser will provide you with an estimate of the fees, based on your needs and the intended purpose of your appraisal, prior to commencing the appraisal.
Appraisals need to be held to a very high standard. The highest level represented by the Canadian Jewellers Association is Certified Appraisal Professional –CJA® (CAP). CJA is the national jewellery trade association that builds trust, awareness, understanding and desirability for Canadian jewellery products through its members. The CJA has been the proud voice of the Canadian jewellery industry since 1918. A full list of current CAP-CJA members can be obtained by searching our directory. Members of the Certified Accredited Appraiser Program (AAP) and Master Valuer™ Professional Jewellery Appraisal Program are also recognized by the CJA.
CJA has established a set of requirements and a series of practical and theoretical examinations that test the appraising skills of jewellers and gemologists. CAPs have proven their expertise to their peers, with formal gemological qualifications and necessary experience within the industry. Upon successful completion of all criteria, these jewellers and gemologists are considered qualified and are empowered to emboss their appraisals with the following seal, signifying their title as a CAP-CJA. A CAP-CJA is required to maintain good standing as a member and use only the current year’s seal.
The acceptable practice for a retailer is to show the appraisal to the final customer only after the sale has been completed.
Depending on the function of the appraisal or report, the value assigned to jewellery can vary. It is essential to discuss your needs and the purpose of the appraisal with us from the start. We will provide you with an estimate of the charges before moving forward. The fee can be based on the time involved, or the number of pieces requiring an appraisal, but not the percentage of the value. We are committed to protecting your valuables by providing the best service possible, along with the most accurate information available for appraising jewellery and gemstones.
It is recommended that you have your jewellery reappraised every two to three years.
Jewellery values may increase over the years and reappraisal ensures you receive compensation based on a current replacement value, in the event of an insurance claim.
Insurance purposes are the most common reason for obtaining an appraisal (i.e. insuring against loss, theft and damage, as well as settlement for estate purposes).