Sometimes you just need answers and advice; that's a consultation.  Whether you're an attorney looking for an expert for litigation support or just someone who needs expert, unbiased information; my years of experience, education and training are at your disposal.  If you're trying to deal with an estate and need someone to help separate the costume jewelry from the "fine" jewelry my hourly rate consultation service may be just what you need.  If you're thinking of buying a diamond online or in a brick and mortar store and need unbiased education and advice; that's a consultation.  If you're trying to sell your jewelry and just need to discuss the pros and cons of the various options at your disposal; a few minutes of discussion might save you hours of frustration.  There are many things that I can assist you with as part of a consultation; however, providing any kind of an opinion of value is NOT one of them.  Opinions of value are considered "appraisals" and because I am in compliance with USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) there are very specific requirements for providing an appraisal.  Of course, I'd be happy to provide an appraisal; but it's not included as part of the consultation service.
Jewelry Separation
If you need help separating inherited or bequethed jewelry into categories, maybe a "bulk separation" consultation is what you need.  I can separate "fine" jewelry from "costume" jewelry and/or help you make "piles" of similar value.  I won't be able to provide actual values during the consultation; but, we can talk through what you're trying to accomplish and if an appraisal is called for I'll let you know which pieces should be examined more closely.
American Gem Society
Gemological Institute of America Inc.
American Society of Appraisers
National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
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