Upon arrival in our laboratory each piece of jewelry is carefully counted, photographed, and checked for repairs. This information is then entered into our custom designed website, JAGi.com. Which creates a visual record of everything we receive, as soon as we receive it. Upon completion of this intake process, a status update is both emailed, and texted to the account, and phone number of your choosing.
We asses each piece for necessary repairs to get your jewelry in the best possible selling condition. If it’s Yellow gold, does it need a good polish? If its white gold, does it need re-rhodium? If its platinum, leave it the F&*k alone! Like the tarnish on antique silver, the patina of platinum jewelry should never be disturbed. Polishing it might make it look a little cleaner, but it’s not permanent, it removes valuable metal, and it literally erases the history of the piece. We can however restore antique pieces to their original glory, if we believe it will significantly increase the value.
As well as the jewelry, we also offer repair services for overly-abraded gemstones, or heavily chipped, and outdated diamonds. Re-cutting a poorly, or undesirably cut stone can greatly increase the value of a finished piece or a loose stone. Our software can even give you accurate estimates of weight loss, to get your diamond to an Ex.Ex.Ex. cut grade.
Your entire order is then scanned in our state of the art synthetic diamond tester which can even determine between CVD, and HPHT synthetic diamonds. The jewelry is then meticulously cataloged in our professional appraisal software where each diamond is carefully counted, measured, and graded for cut, color, and clarity, and examined for signs of treatment. The most common diamond treatments for clarity enhancement are laser drilling, which creates a permanent clarity characteristic, and fracture filling, which can deteriorate over time leaving a rust colored stain in the interior of a diamond. Colored diamonds, specifically green, blue, yellow, brown, and black, are typically irradiated and/or heated to create a more uniform color from otherwise unsavory material. These treatments, and synthetic types, are required to be disclosed in the sale of any fine jewelry.
Each colored gemstone is also identified using advanced gemological testing. They are then also counted, measured and graded for quality, type, and treatments. The most common treatments for gemstones, are to enhance their color, usually by heat treatment for corundum, and fracture filling, or oiling for beryl. All treatments of color, or clarity enhancement are disclosed in the appraisals to comply with industry standards.
Designer pieces are then authenticated through multiple forms of investigation. Our team is experienced in authenticating Tiffany’s, Hermes, Cartier, Rolex, and Faberge. As well as the collections of specific artists within those brands. These brand names often raise the value of a piece by up to ten times that of the materials used in its construction.
Cards & appraisals are generated from our software, and professional quality photos are taken and edited by our trained staff. The appraisals are prechecked by our gemologists before the final verification is done by our senior gemologist, and laboratory founder Moris Adato. His decades of experience as a gemologist, diamond seller, and pawn broker ensure that each appraisal is a faithful assessment of the jewelry, and an accurate representation of market prices.by Donal Ross