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I purchased a lovely engagement ring.  STUNNING 14kt SOLID WHITE GOLD 2.50 CT DIAMONDS Round Engagement/Annv Ring it came with appraisal that stated under what I paid for the ring.  Can you tell me if this appraisal company real or not or should I have it appraised by someone else.  I live in rochester, NY and who would be qualified to give me appraisal and what would the cost be?  

This is what is on the description of appraisal that Diamond & Gem Laboratories of America sent me.

one ladies 14kt white gold engagement ring featuring one brilliant cut lab diamonds with a total weight of 1.750cts. E color and VVS1 Clarity. The ring also features sixty brilliant cut diamond prong set with total approximately weight of 0.75cts E color and VSS1 clarity. The total gem weight of the ring is 2.50cts. 


Diamond Color: Colorless, White Total Carat Weight (TCW): 2.55
Occasion: Engagement Clarity: VVS1

Astar Jewels

Diamond Color: E
Metal: White Gold Main Stone Shape: Round
Use Occasion: Engagement/Anniversary Cut: Excellent
Style: Solitaire with Accents Country/Region of Manufacture: India
Ring Size: 7 Secondary Stone: Diamonds
Metal Purity: 14k Total Carat Weight:                   2.50
Sizable: Yes Main Stone: Diamonds
Metal:-14k White Gold  (Marked on Ring)

GEM TYPE: Cut Lab Diamonds - This states on the Appraisal Document

Metal Wt:       4.00 Grams 
Stone Qty:         60 Pcs 
Total Carat:     2.50 CT
Center Stone:1.75 CT
Accent :          0.75CT 

Thank you

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Something is wrong here. There is no way that $350 is an appropriate retail value for replacement purposes even if the description is only correct in terms of weights and materials (and to be honest I doubt the grading of both colour and clarity of the centre stone, but grading from photographs is an impossible task).

I don't know the appraiser(s), but the first thing to do is to contact them and understand how they reached their conclusion, and/or whether the value is a typo or mistake.

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There are definitely some issues here.  Yes, I would recommend hiring an appraiser who is working for you, not them who can help you sort it out. 

Some good places to look:

National Associaton of Jewelry Appraisers www.najaappraisers.com

American Society of Appraisers www.appraisers.org

International Society of Appraisers www.isa-appraisers.org

American Gem Society www.ags.org


All of these have online lookup systems for their members and I'm willing to bet that Rochester has a few. I don't know any, which means nothing since I'm 2000 miles away.  


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