Wearing Two Hats: Appraisal And Design

by Jane Becker on August 3, 2020

I love what I do as a designer and a fine jewelry appraiser. They are not the same skillset, but they overlap in unexpected ways.

When I first met this client, she was referred to me by an insurance broker. She had two pairs of earrings, lost one of each pair, and needed a legal appraisal to submit to her insurance company in order to claim her loss.
We submitted it, and she received the total value of her earrings. She was so happy with my work, she mentioned she had some pieces of jewelry that she was no longer wearing and needed to sell. To my surprise, I arrived at her apartment to find the entire dining room table covered with jewelry.
I appraised 38 pieces and took my time negotiating the best prices for her jewelry. Two and a half months later, we completed the project despite the fact that she and her husband were traveling around the world.
There was one piece in her collection she really liked and wanted to keep – a tanzanite ring surrounded with diamonds set in 22K gold that she had purchased years before in Mumbai.
My suggestion was that we redesign the piece.
finished redesign tanzanite pendant jane becker #finejewelryredefined
The Finished 18K Yellow Gold Tanzanite Pendant #jbjewels

We created a pendant design out of the tanzanite gem, using an 18K yellow gold with a classic chain so it could be worn two different lengths.

Even when I am working on appraisals and the selling of estates, there may be a special piece that you really like. My unique capability as an appraiser and a designer allows you a choice:

You have the option to redesign, as well as sell, your jewelry when you work with me.

 TIP: With the current state of the economy, gold prices are at an all-time high. This is the best time to have your jewelry appraised for insurance or for sale. I can travel to you, or we can meet at my Midtown location. Masks are always required. Contact me for an approximate valuation of your collection. 

Take care, Jane   (212) 923-3328