Starting with the structure of the fee, Appraisal fees should never be based on a percentage of the jewelry’s value. This is an ethical violation since the appraiser will make more money by valuing a piece higher, leaving incentive to over-inflate. Appraisal services should always be charged by the hour or a flat fee per piece.
Our hourly rates range from $50 to $200, depending on the complexity of the jewelry. A simple wedding band will always cost less than a three-stone engagement ring; there’s simply more to appraise with the latter.