Chilton's Antiques Valuations

Jewellery Valutations

NCJV registered valuer

Liz Stevens is a fully qualified NCJV registered valuer and we offer a valuation service in the store. We value all new items made at Chilton’s Antiques by request and for items purchased elsewhere, we require any paperwork you have from your purchase of the item.

Valuations are recommended for all your pieces for accurate insurance coverage.


What’s the purpose of a Valuation?

Do you want to sell the piece, or is the valuation for your own records, or insurance replacement? For selling, we are a licensed second-hand dealer, please email us, or see Buying, Selling & Trading for more information.

We do not charge to have a look at your items that you’re wanting to sell. For valuations, please see the Cost of Valuations below.

Please bring in any relevant paperwork or past valuations or receipts with you. Doing so allows us to explain and discuss directly if there are any discrepancies. You are obliged to inform us what the use of the valuation is for, as our valuations are not to be used for commercial purposes such as resale.

If there are any legal disputes pertaining to the goods, we need to be informed at the time the appointment is made. As we are a retail shop, we do not have the time to attend court or any legal proceedings on your behalf, so we retain the right to refuse to do the valuation. If this is the case, we will suggest a different valuer who is more suited to your purpose.

House Call Valuations

A certified valuer from Chilton’s Antiques can come to you to appraise your items if you cannot come to us (jewellery will only be valued in-store). These types of valuations obviously have geographical limitations, so please contact us if you’d like to book. You are welcome to send us photos of your items, free of charge, to see if we’d like to buy them from you. Please send them through to us at our Miranda Showroom.

Verbal Valuations

We offer a $25 service (for up to 5 items) for a verbal assessment, which does not include anything in writing. With verbal assessments, no large or single diamonds will be able to be assessed verbally. Diamonds need to be accurately graded and measured (see written valuations). This fee is waived by us if any of the goods were purchased by Chilton’s Antiques.


There are three main types of jewellery valuations:

  1. Probate – Divorce (estate division)
  2. Insurance (replacement value)
  3. Re-Sale (the approximate value of the item, based on current market prices)

Items that will be valued at under $1,500 do not generally require a separate valuation certificate. Receipts are generally deemed adequate by insurance companies. Valuations can be done either on the spot or within 24 hours if adequate notice is given, generally it takes 10-7 days depending on our work load.

We charge the following rates for items not purchased though us:

  • A single item valuation is $95
  • Multiple piece valuations cost $65 per item

If the item was bought from, or made by Chilton’s Antiques with a retail price of over $1,500 with in the last 12 months there is no cost for a valuation certificate. For all other jobs such remaking & remodelling- Bespoke Design orders we offer valuations at no charge if the centre main stone was purchased though us, if not we will have to gemologically test it and graded and a special rate of $50 is offered for the cost of the valuation. If you require a valuation with your purchase please let us know in advance as we need the item in front of us to perform the valuation accurately and we are unable to issue certificates after item has left our store. We will then have to ask you to re-bring in the item.

Items over $4,000 automatically come with Independent Insurance certificates, all items under this price point will only have a certificate supplied when requested. We have over 6,000 items in our store and it is physically impossible to have current certificate on every piece.

Our valuations will be performed by either Liz Stevens – Chilton’s Director and registered NCJV valuer or our independent valuing partner Gemly Valuations. If you have a preference, let our friendly team know.

Terms and conditions for Valuations:

Items described in valuations have been examined & the value given is based solely on the valuers opinion. This valuation is for retail replacement- insurance purposes only- unless otherwise stated. The pricing structure above is based off retail replacement on the date provided for the valuation. Retail Replacement Value is based on assumption that the item/s mentioned above will be available for replacement on the open market though a retail high end Sydney CBD outlet. If the item is rare, estate-vintage, collectable or antique it might not be possible to locate or source an identical item. Values are expressed in Australian dollars only & are inclusive of GST.  Any images- photographs included are not representative of the items actual size & may have been subjected to enhancement digitally. The values stated above is based on professional research & current market conditions at the date shown above. Whilst all care is taken, no liability is accepted for errors or omissions in the certificate, including liability to any person by reason of negligence. The certificate is void if the red NCJV seal is not present if valuation is performed by Liz Stevens NCJV valuer.

This valuation is to provide the consumers & trade professionals with an accurate & educated opinion of the description of the Jewellery item. Valuation certificates provide details of that item, which has been tested & measured to our best ability- grade, weighed & the approximate dimensions taken all whilst none of the stones have been removed from their current settings. All calculations are based on internationally accepted practices & formulas.  The limitations imposed by settings mean that figures provided above are estimates. The Values & descriptions provided represent an opinion on quality, workmanship, age, origin, wear & tear- condition, & are based on fair local market conditions in Australian dollars on the date specified. All diamonds clarity grades are based on x10 magnification by an experienced diamond grader & these are not compared to a master set of diamonds. Discrepancies in diamonds grading may occur when diamonds are set due to the colour of the precious metal, restrictions of the settings, & the condition of settings.

The precious metal purity is that marked on the article, when testing of the precious metal is considered necessary the results are approximate.

The valuation is intended for the person who name is on certificate & shall not be reproduced or used for promotional purpose without the valuers permission. Valuations are only intended for the purposes stated & are based on the opinion of the valuer. The opinion of the description of the item listed above may vary upon examination by other valuers & gemmologists. Where enhancements or treatments are present, this is mentioned. Lack of, or for some gemstones, where heat treatment or oiling is generally accepted it is not listed unless otherwise requested. All grading is performed under natural day light conditions. No destructive tests are performed, unless consented by the item’s owner.

This certificate is not to be used as apart of two price marketing & it may not be used for promotional purposes. The valuer cannot accept liability for any transaction or third party relying on this documentation. Valuation price figure is not representative of a resale value, or that of the original item price prior to discount. Value is based on professional research & current market conditions at the date shown above. Whilst all care is taken, No liability is accepted for any errors or omissions in the certificate, including any liability to any person by reason of negligence.

This Valuation represents retail replacement value & maybe used for insurance purposes. The values & descriptions stated are opinions. Replacement values are based on an identical, similar, or new item unless stated otherwise from a traditional prestige (high end) retail showroom in Australian dollars including GST. The values may not represent the price one might pay in a retail showroom after negotiations between a buyer & a seller. Values maybe affected by fluctuations in the currency market with exchange rate & supply & demand in the marketplace of gems & precious metals. Diamond grades are based on international GIA standards. The values stated in the above certificate do not represent the value one would expect to receive if the item was to be sold on the second hand market. Jewellery items bought on line- via the internet will also incur different pricing structure- & will have a different value assessment as there purchase was not reflective of the retail store/s environment. A retail stores overheads will be much higher the internet based traders.


Liz Stevens is a NCJV Certified Valuer


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