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GIA Graduate Gemologist • Insurance Appraisals • Estate Appraisals • Insurance Documentation
Serving the Fine Jewelry Industry Coast to Coast Since 1999
Bay Appraisals is an independent jewelry, gemstone, and fine watches appraiser that works on site at Johnson Jewelers by appointment and for monthly appraisal events.
Erika Rau, is the owner of Bay Appraisals. She is a graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Bay Appraisals was founded in 1999 while she was living in Southern Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. She is a native of the east coast Massachusetts. Three years ago Erika relocated to beautiful El Paso,Texas. She currently travels throughout the United States performing on site appraisals. Bay Appraisals does not buy or sell jewelry, so they are able to offer unbiased appraisals on fine jewelry and watches. All information is collected on site during your appointment and the items are returned at that time, you never have to leave your items.
Why are appraisals so important? Most importantly, they are proof of ownership. Be protected in the event of a loss or claim. A recent, well-written jewelry appraisal is an excellent investment and can pay for itself in the event of a accidental loss, theft or damage. An appraisal is almost always required to attain replacement insurance as well as used in estate planning and tax purposes. Additionally, an appraisal is the best way to find out the actual value of a family heirloom, or can be used to guide the fair distribution of jewelry assets.
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