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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.

Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
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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

American Society of Appraisers

International Society of Appraisers

American Gem Society


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.  


Neil Beaty



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