10 Tips For Working With An Independent Appraiser

[Ellie Thompson is president of Chicago Gem Lab Inc., an independent appraisal company serving trade professionals and consumers. The company specializes in identification, quality analysis and valuation of gemstones and jewelry.] Jewelers and appraisers often maintain an interdependent -- and sometimes contentious -- relationship. Some may feel an appraiser is a jeweler's worst enemy. Actually, an appraiser can be a jeweler's most precious resource. Here are 10 tips that show why you'll want to work with an independent appraiser and how to do it. Once you discover the ease and benefits, you'll wonder why you didn't take part in this valuable relationship sooner. 1. Information: Many independent appraisers are involved in local and national trade organizations and have contacts throughout the gemological industry. This gives them a broad network of information and resources. Getting
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