At Silverscape Designs we offer a complete array of appraisal services to suit all your needs – insurance scheduling, fair market value for estate/probate, distribution amongst heirs, dissolution of marriage, sale of your pieces, as well as appraisals for post-loss assessments. We are experts in appraising new and antique period jewelry, as well as antique pocket watches and wristwatches. We highly recommend appraising and scheduling your jewelry on your homeowner's insurance, and equally important, updating your appraisals every 2-5 years to reflect current market values.
Our appraiser, Lori P. Coogan, has over 10 years experience in the jewelry trade, and received her Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) in Residence diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, California in 2001, and is the only member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) located in western Massachusetts. Lori has advanced training in jewelry appraisal theory from the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), and is a Certified Gemologist Appraiser through the American Gem Society. She frequently attends jewelry conferences and takes courses to stay on top of current gemological advances and appraisal training.
Our appraisals are extremely thorough, and include detailed descriptions, enlarged photographs, and diamond plots on major diamonds. We adhere to the strict standards put forth by the American Gem Society, American Society of Appraisers, and the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. While other companies may provide one page "appraisals" by an untrained individual for a lesser fee, you get what you pay for, and it will not protect you fully in the event of a loss.
We strive to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible for you. If you have just a few items or an extremely sentimental piece you would like evaluated, we can appraise these pieces while you wait by appointment. We can also fax a copy of the completed report to your insurance company or attorney for your convenience. We welcome any questions you may have regarding our appraisal services. Feel free to contact Lori in our Northampton gallery at 413-584-3324.