Jewelry Appraisals & Evaluations

Written jewelry appraisals play a crucial role in understanding the true value of your cherished pieces. At S.E. Needham Jewelers, we offer comprehensive written appraisals conducted by our GIA certified expert, Gene Needham. 

If you're considering getting your jewelry officially appraised, the process is straightforward – no appointment necessary. Simply drop off your items at our store, we will give you a claim ticket for your items. It typically takes 6-7 business days for Gene Needham to assess various factors, including the metal composition, carat weight of diamonds by shape, and estimated replacement value. These detailed written appraisals are useful for insurance purposes, estate planning and providing clarity on the value of the jewelry piece. 

Newly purchased items will receive a complimentary appraisal within 6 months of the purchase upon request. 

Gene Needham

Gene Needham is a seasoned expert in the jewelry industry, carrying on a proud family tradition that spans four generations of jewelers. His journey in the trade began at the age of 13, where he started by cleaning windows in the family store. Gene's dedication and commitment to excellence led him to achieve GIA certification in diamond and gemstone grading, further solidifying his expertise in the field. With over 30 years of experience in jewelry appraisal, Gene is widely respected for his meticulous attention to detail and unparalleled knowledge. He brings a wealth of expertise and a deep-seated passion for jewelry to every appraisal, ensuring clients receive accurate and reliable assessments of their cherished possessions.

The Process

Step 1: Drop Off Your Items

No appointment necessary! Simply drop off your gold and jewelry items at S.E. Needham Jewelers for evaluation. Our experienced sales associates will assist you in completing the necessary paperwork and provide you with a receipt for your items.

Step 2: Evaluation Process

Once your items are dropped off, they undergo a thorough evaluation process conducted by our in-house GIA Certified expert, Gene Needham. We assess factors such as gold purity, stone condition, and craftsmanship to determine the repurpose value of your items.

Step 3: Wait for Assessment

After dropping off your items, please allow approximately 2-3 business days for the evaluation to be completed. During this time, our team meticulously examines each piece to ensure accurate and fair valuations.

Step 4: Receive Your Valuations

Once the evaluation is complete, a sales associate will contact you to discuss the results. You'll receive two different values: cash and trade-in. Let's delve into the details of each option:

  • Cash Option: If you choose the cash option, you'll receive payment via check for the determined cash value of your items. This provides immediate liquidity, allowing you to use the funds as desired.
  • Trade-In Option: Opting for the trade-in option offers you a slightly higher value in the form of store credit. This credit can be applied towards the purchase of jewelry from Gene Needham Jewelers, typically amounting to about 40-50% more than the cash value. It's a great way to upgrade your jewelry collection and maximize your investment.

Step 5: Make Your Decision

Review the valuations provided and decide which option best suits your needs and preferences. Whether you prefer cash, through the form of a check printed weekly, or enhanced purchasing power with trade-in credit, S.E. Needham Jewelers ensures transparency and reliability throughout the evaluation process, empowering you to make informed decisions about your investments.

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