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VALUATIONSJilly Pollard is a third generation jeweller who joined Hamilton & Inches in 2007 after taking a sabbatical to make movies. She had been a founding partner in The Jewellery Valuation Service from 1978 to around 2000, working for private individuals, law firms and Customs and Excise, but primarily for jewellers’ shops UK wide, valuing their clients’ jewellery at all levels. She was also a founder member and examiner for the National Association of Goldsmiths’ Registered Valuer Scheme and has an in-depth knowledge of jewellery, silver and watches, about which she has lectured extensively. Jilly would enjoy meeting you to talk about your valuation requirements. firstname.lastname@example.org
Valuation Procedure and Charges:In the event of a claim, insurance companies depend upon up-to-date valuations for the basis of their settlements; so it is important to have your jewellery, watches and silver regularly valued by a professional appraiser. Hamilton & Inches’ appraiser is in our Edinburgh premises five days a week so your items are valued here, in-house, for the London and Edinburgh shops. In the rare event of additional, extramural laboratory tests being necessary, Hamilton & Inches will speak to you first before sending your item outwith the building. Items should be handed in personally whenever possible, accompanied by relevant paperwork such as laboratory reports, diamond certificates and previous valuations. Usually, single items will be returned to you within a couple of days and collections within two or three weeks.
- There is a basic fee of £50 for valuations, plus 2% of the accumulated value of all your goods up to £10,000 and 1% thereafter.
- Items bought from Hamilton & Inches and returned for appraisal or items that we have valued before and for which you have the paperwork will be charged at the reduced rate of £50 plus 1%: such goods will be thoroughly re-examined, not just sweepingly increased in value.
- Wrist watches are charged at £50 with no additional percentage.
- Valuations for other purposes – probate, tax etc. – are charged at different rates. Damage and fragility will be noted and, if you wish, estimates provided by our own workshops for the restoration of your precious items.