SERVICES & CREDENTIALS

Bellwether Advisory & Appraisals LLC strives to help clients meet their needs. On every project the most important objectives are to relate and understand core necessities and goals.
Bellwether clients include individuals, family estates, banks, attorneys, financial planners and wealth managers who are looking to appraise family assets.

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Benefits of Appraisals

There are a lot of reasons why people look for appraisal services. You may want to determine the value or authenticity of your jewelry for equitable distribution, estate planning or IRS purposes. Another important reason is for insurance purposes. Over the years, the value of your jewelry and gemstones can fluctuate greatly. If your last appraisal is over five years old it may be out of date and, as a result, your jewelry could be insured for less than its replacement value. That means you risk financial loss if your jewelry is lost, stolen or damaged. Bellwether can provide you with professional appraisal reports based on current market values so you can obtain suitable insurance coverage. 
Bellwether will carefully research, document and photograph you precious possessions and provide you with an unbiased and impartial report, tailored to fit your specific needs.

Jewelry Expert

Consulting & How I work

One of the most common inquiries we have at Bellwether is what do I have and how much is it worth?  So often jewelry has been gifted or inherited with little knowledge of the actual value of the item or collection.  Bellwether is happy to meet with you and examine your property to give you professional advice and an overall view of what you have and what your potential options are, whether that be a formal appraisal for insurance, equitable distribution or estate planning purposes or help with the potential sale and brokerage of your item or collection. 

Fees are based on an hourly rate. The rate is dependent on the type of service rendered.  

A written estimate and work agreement is provided in advance. 

In addition,  purchasing future family heirlooms or a special treat can be exciting and stressful. Bellwether can help guide, consult, examine and validate your investment to provide peace of mind.


Please call or email for a complimentary quote. 


Travel fees will apply if the job is located outside the Oakland/San Francisco area. 

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Gemology Credentials & Resume

Working with a trusted and accredited Gemologist & Appraiser is vital. I have spent years working within the art world & continuing my own education. 

Work Experience

The Real Real, San Francisco, CA

Clars Auction Gallery, Oakland, CA 

Bonhams, San Francisco, CA

Hindman Auctions, Chicago, IL 

Oscar Isberian Rugs, Chicago, IL 

Sotheby’s, Chicago, IL

Butterfield & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA 


Education

Gemological Institute of America, Graduate Gemologist Diploma

Appraisers Association of America

USPAP - 15 hour personal property 

Theory & Methodology of Appraising

Research Methods for Appraisers

Appraisal Writing Workshop

Legal & Ethical Aspects of Appraising 

American Society of Appraisers:

Fundamentals of Jewelry Appraisal

Adam Harris Watch Seminar: Replica or Real?

Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts:

Gemology I: Diamonds

Gemology II: Gem Identification

University of Chicago, Chicago IL, M.A. Humanities

Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, B.A. Art History and Italian 

Middlebury College in Florence, Italy

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Publications

Antique Jewelry University - http://www.langantiques.com/university/Micromosaic