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What type of place can you go to for a pearl appraisal?

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To get a pearl appraised, visit a jeweler, a jewelry specialist or a gem appraisal laboratory. A dedicated appraiser with credentials is a better choice than a jeweler who mostly specializes in selling jewelry.

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An insurance agent is a good place to get a recommendation for a pearl appraiser because many people get jewelry appraised before getting it insured. Look for an appraiser with credentials and experience with pearls. The Gemological Institute of America offers a credential as a graduate gemologist to those who complete their program. Membership in a trade organization, such as the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers or the American Society of Appraisers is another sign of an experienced appraiser.

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