Evaluating Estate and Antique Jewelry

Estate evaluation is one of our specialties that gives me satisfaction while helping our clients.

We continue to help clients evaluate their family heirloom jewelry. Each estate has its own mysteries and personality. I enjoy helping clients figure out the qualities of their jewelry and how it should be dealt with.

In my Overland Park studio we use our state of the art equipment and traditional metal testing methods to determine the quality of the estate. 

After evaluation, I can make suggestions about what items can be sold, refurbished, or kept as family heirlooms. I love working with people in solving these puzzles.

A client recently brought in a large estate varying from fine jewelry to more common costume jewelry. We had fun evaluating the pieces and working together on this task. Here are comments I received after finishing a recent project with a wonderful client. 

All of a client's estate items

"I brought a box of miscellaneous jewelry from two or three generations to be evaluated and was very impressed with the time spent and the knowledge shared on each piece. That's the reason I chose Richard. The family name has been so well known for decades in the KC area, I felt confident that I was making a right choice.     Not only was each piece assessed for value, if there was no dollar value based on content, there was at least a mention of the unique style or construction of the pieces.     The interest in going through bags I was sure were filled with plastic costume jewelry paid off when at least one cultured pearl necklace was revealed among the other beads and such. Other items were determined to be, perhaps, more valueable to a collector, so a new journey begins with those. But at least they were honest about the best avenue for the future of these pieces.     When all was said and done, there was one set in particular - a very heavy sterling silver cigarette case and matching lighter with beautiful engraving - that I knew had scrap value with the current price of silver, but I didn't want to sell it for scrap and Richard didn't want to buy it for scrap. He offered me more than what I knew it was worth in scrap and more than I would likely get letting it sit for months on an online auction site.     For me, this wasn't about selling some old stuff. I wanted to know the true worth, not the dollar value. I was pleased, however, on both accounts. A very fair price was paid on what I did sell and I have a new understanding of what I still have in the collection so I can make more informed decisions regarding the future of those items.     I have no doubt that I made the right choice for this appraisal. Thanks Richard."