Appraisals Explained












An appraisal document is written for a specific intended use and it serves as a permanent record. It has to be determined what the purpose of the appraisal is. Following are some of the reasons people need appraisals. San Francisco Gem Lab specializes in Insurance Replacement Documentation and can refer you to other appraisers if you need other services.

  • Insurance Related Reasons

  • Insurance Scheduling

  • Insurance Claims

  • Damage Report

  • Purchase/Sale Related Reasons

  • Quality Confirmation

  • Purchase Price Evaluation

  • Sale Price Evaluation

  • Confirmation of the Certification and Valuation from Internet Purchases


*I recommend emailing because I rarely pick up the phone if I am with a client!

© 2017 Barbra Voltaire, FGG, GG ,NAJA,  JAW, AIJV



Accredited Senior Gemologist, Geologist and Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, with over 35 years of professional experience in every aspect of the jewelry industry. My goal is to provide careful, fair and consistent grading, appraisals and valuations in a timely fashion.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Geology,

  • Graduate Gemologist, DGemG

  • Graduate Gemologist, GIA

  • Accredited Senior Gemologist

  • National Association of Jewelry Appraisers

  • Association of Independent Jewellery Valuers

  • Jewellery Appraisers of the World

Offering independent and unbiased appraisals and gemological/jewelry services in the San Francisco Bay Area. The focus of our business is on the appraisal of fine jewelry for the jewelry trade, buying public, financial institutions, probate attorneys and the insurance industry.