A picture is worth 1000 words…

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A picture is worth 1000 words…

A picture is worth 1000 words”. Attributed to Tess Flanders newspaper editor in the year 1911
At least once a week I get a phone call from a  person who wants me to tell them what something is worth over the phone.  I know this sounds funny, but it happens all the time.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO EVALUATE AM ITEM FROM A PHONE CALL?
It depends upon the object being evaluated.
I used to tell callers to hold the item close to the phone……. (Of course I was joking)
But now you can actually view the item on face time or send pictures instantly!
It is amazing is the amount of the information you can get from a picture and even more if the item has its original invoice, packaging, appraisal or Independent laboratory Certification.
For example.If I can locate that item online and if I know model numbers or names and serial numbers.  I can evaluate designer handbags or signed  jewelry or watches from pictures or face time connections,
Although it is possible to approximate value from a picture,  it is virtually impossible to completely authenticate an item and guarantee it’s not a replica from a picture.
I must personally evaluate any item which I am appraising and compare that Item with other items I have examined in the past.  In some cases, I will call other professional appraisers for second opinions.
All of our appraisals state that we have personally seen the item or items being appraised.
Did you ever hear the expression that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?
This is true,  but replicating an item is illegal without express permission from the manufacturer or trademark holder.   There are so many replicas, that using a photo alone,  would not allow me to authenticate an I item beyond a shadow of a doubt.
At National Estate our Clients are so important that we explain all the steps needed to complete an evaluation and we evaluate the items in front of our clients never removing anything from the on our clients’ sight.
Why should items be appraised?
An item should be appraised to set a monitory value on something if it were lost, stolen or damaged. Also known as Replacement value
Items must also be appraised for IRS related issues.  (Donations to charitable contributions) 
Appraisals to avoid disputes in the case or equitable distribution.
This is used to avoid issues in the case of Death (Estate )or divorce.
Appraisals can also be used in liquidation or forced sale.  This would set a price at which an item might sell for if there were an urgent financial need or time constraints.
National Estate Jewelers has memberships in the following associations
NAJA  National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
AAA    Appraisers Association of America
ASA American Society of Appraisers
ANA American Numismatic Association
IWJG   International Watch and Jewelry Guild
National Estate is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau]
June madness has been extended through the end of July
all costume and sterling silver jewelry at blowout prices!
Wholesale dealers welcome
Tuesdays are free evaluation days