We are proud of our pedigree, experience and knowledge.
Julian Cousins has worked in the jewellery and silver industry for over 25 years and is a third-generation jeweller. He has a degree in Fine Art and Antique Valuation from Southampton Solent University, has completed the National Association of Goldsmiths’ Gemmological Diploma, their Certificate of Appraisal Theory and the Gemmological Association of Great Britain’s Gemmology and Diamond Diplomas. He is a Fellow, and Committee Member of the Institute of Registered Valuers and is a founder member and Treasurer of the Academy of Valuers
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, or Gem-A, is the world’s longest established provider of gem and jewellery education.They serve the interests of the gem and jewellery industries through the high standards of education on their courses and their support for global gemmological research.
The Academy of Valuers
Training for Jewellery Valuers. Provided by Experts
The Academy of Valuers is a learned society for the study and advancement of knowledge in gemstones, jewellery, silver and other precious metals, horological items and matters pertinent to the assessment, appraisal and valuation of such items.
The Academy organises talks, lectures and practical workshops by leading experts on relevant topics, to train and improve working knowledge of its members in order that they can approach the subject in their professional capacities with confidence, safe in the familiarity of the latest reseach and technological advancements.
The Institute of Registered Valuers
The Institute of Registered Valuers is the preeminent, professionally recognised body governing jewellery valuations in the UK and beyond. It is entirely encapsulated within the National Association of Jewellers, and it demands the highest standards possible from all its valuing Members.
How long does it take?
Most appraisals, including cleaning, gem testing and photography of under 10 items can be completed in 2-3 working days, although it may be as long as a week or even 2 to schedule-in a mutually convenient time. Sometimes additional research may be required, extending this timescale.
What do I need to supply?
As well the items to be be valued, for Insurance valuations, please supply the most recent copy of your Insurance policy and policy schedule. For all valuations, please supply all existing paperwork relating to the items to be valued: original purchase receipts, previous valuations, receipts for past repairs and any diamond, or coloured gemstone grading reports. Failure to provide all relevant paperwork may result in a second, chargeable consultation.
How much does it cost?
If you would like me to provide a valuation of your jewellery, you will be asked to sign my Privacy Statement and agree to my take-in explanatory notes and limiting conditions