Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry appraisal in today's world is a lot more than just working or owning a jewelry store. Qualifications, experience, knowledge, and integrity are the most important aspects of working in the fine jewelry appraisal field. At Pearlman's Jewelers we have always taken eminence pride in our knowledge and qualifications for a field that has been misrepresented to a degree in the understanding of what is a jewelry appraiser.

Let's start with Qualifications and Knowledge.

Bill Pearlman age 24 Bill's first appraisal in 1975. 500 pieces of fine jewelry. He doesn't look too excited.

Bill Pearlman has worked full time in the jewelry industry, in Battle Creek, since 1972. Bill received his Graduate Gemologist "in residence" in 1974, And yes he actually worked with the trade laboratory in Los Angeles not correspondence which is the highest pinnacle of gemological achievement in our industry. Without this back ground most gem evaluations for appraisals are worthless.

Over the years Bill has held titles of Registered Jeweler and Certified Gemologist along with other associations dealing specifically with fine diamond, gem and jewelry industry organizations. In his early years he spoke with many groups about the changing world of diamonds and gems. Back then he was but a handful of people with extensive laboratory experience. "People really did not understand that their old family jeweler, like my father and all of the others, were a really nice guys, but did not possess a full in store gem laboratory".

Pearlman's was one of the first in the tri-state area to have one of these. Spectroscopes, gem testing microscopes, polarizers, refractometers, dichroscopes, and you name it we had it all. Took up quite a bit of room that today fits into a nice briefcase. And, we still have all of the old pieces around as useful today as they were over 40 years ago.


He says "after 46 years I have seen a lot" and things have changed a lot. Synthetic both diamonds and colored stones. Heat and coated substances, lasers drilling. diamond and colored gemstone fillers, and the list goes on.

It's really quite scary what technology and science has brought to our seemingly humble industry. It's not enough to say, you're "the best family jeweler", or " give yourself a "hyped standard" and "we've been around for a zillion years" You are who you are. If we don't know or can verify we know people who can help. This is why we also depend on 3rd party help aka the Gemological Institute of America. We are members and you can look us up.


This is a trade and business started by my father Aaron in 1930. In total going on 89 consecutive years of serving the Battle Creek Michigan area for a very long time. Any business does not stay around that long without taking care of it's customers in the highest possible manor. But, the past is what it is. Our eyes are glued sharply towards the future. We closed our downtown store a few years ago and maintain our present location on Capital Ave SW a few miles south of downtown Battle Creek.

We are more specific in what we do. As one of the Internets largest "luxury" retailers we understand the world of verification of what we hope to achieve. If you have not met Geoff (the future) yet you should for this guy can find information on anything related to our industry and more :-) He's a computer scientist by training but is becoming a real jeweler of the 21st century. Things change our Integrity will never change.

Bill Pearlman age 26 Bill still on the phone from 1976... He has less hair now.

Be it contemporary jewelry, antique and period jewelry, rare coins, fine watches, 20th century art, and more depending on what you need help with. We know just about everybody in so many of the "hard asset" fields.

Why Get A Jewelry Appraisal?

Most insurance companies require one before they can issue a policy, you might need one for tax purposes, or maybe you�ve always wondered what that old family heirloom of yours is worth. Many people mistake their receipts and other documentation as an appraisal; these documents are not credible for replacing your jewelry if they are stolen or lost. We have years of experience and we would like to ease your mind when it comes to finding an reliable jeweler to appraise your jewelry. At Pearlman's we can help with your search.

How Often Should I Get An Appraisal Updated?

It is a good idea to update your jewelry appraisal every 3-5 years. This is because the market value has changed through inflation and the metal value. The value of gold could be up for the last time you had your jewelry appraised and now if you were to loss you jewelry your insurance will only pay part of the replacement cost as oppose to having the true value paid. If there is any damage to the jewelry, that could impact the value.

How to Get Started With A Jewelry Appraisal?

Pearlmans Jewelers store Battle Creek