Jewelry Appraiser

Estimate the quality and value of expensive trinkets.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$19,000 – $61,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Jewelry Appraisers do?

If you’re older than 10, then you’ve likely heard the phrase, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” While that expression might be true, a diamond’s value doesn’t rest on how much a girl loves it. Instead, as a Jewelry Appraiser, you understand fully it stems from the quality.

So, how does one measure quality? They take the gem to you, the Jewelry Appraiser. As a Jewelry Appraiser, you have a lot to consider. When a piece of jewelry is presented to you, you first identify any gems, stones, silver, gold, or other materials. To pick out the real from the fake, you use special magnifying glasses to see every beautiful angle, cut, and color variation. You, also take a closer look at the mounting style and the types of fasteners used.

Bracelets, rings, necklaces, pendants, and watches are more than just gems. There is an art involved in designing and making one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. The smallest detail can change the value of the piece. So you carefully weigh the piece, evaluate the design, and use your findings to establish authenticity.

Finally, you estimate the value. You gather all your findings, compare the item to similar items you’ve seen, and give an educated estimate based on your knowledge of the current trends in the market. Sometimes, you will have to give the customer the bad news that their family heirloom is worthless on the resale market. But on a good day, a garage sale find could net the owner thousands of dollars.


Should I be a Jewelry Appraiser?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Antique Jewelry Repairer

    How to become a Jewelry Appraiser

    Most Jewelry Appraisers have a Certificate or no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:90eeaa&chl=no+college+%2850%25%29|certificate+%2842%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|bachelor%27s+%284%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,50,50
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