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Jewelry Evaluations

At Maxferd, we offer free walk-in evaluations for your jewelry and valuable items. Unlike similar mail-in services, we can perform the evaluation on the spot and provide you with a quote for the fair market value of your items.

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Jewelry evaluation is the process we use to determine the real-world value of your item. An appraisal is a much different process, which is mostly used for insurance purposes. The primary goal of an appraisal is to determine the approximate replacement cost of your jewelry. Replacement costs can differ dramatically from the actual resale value of your items. For example, a pendant necklace could contain synthetic gems and the appraiser would determine it had a relatively low replacement cost. On the other hand, the resale value of that same necklace (as determined by our jewelry evaluation team) might be much higher than the replacement cost if we determine the item is in high demand.

Remember: an appraiser will never offer to buy your piece for the value listed on the appraisal document. At Maxferd, our trained jewelers will explain the actual market value of your items and offer you cash on the spot.

Evaluation Process

The evaluation begins with determining an item’s intrinsic value. Intrinsic value is calculated based on raw materials like precious metals and stones. At this stage, we’ll focus on measurable facts like the rarity, weight, size, and clarity of individual gems. Next, we look at the quality of the overall item, identifying any signs of wear, manufacturing defects, small scratches, and other markings. Jewelry may also increase in value due to the craftsmanship, make, history, and condition of the piece. From there we can gauge the market for your item, determine the potential resale value and make you an offer.

To request an evaluation, simply bring in the item along with a valid form of identification. As required by the DOJ CAPSS secondhand reporting process, anyone who wishes to sell jewelry, coins, or bullion bars in the state of California must have a valid United States Driver’s License, current passport, or United States ID. If you have any documentation or certificates of authenticity from the original retailer, these can greatly simplify the jewelry evaluation process.

At Maxferd we have qualified experts in precious metals and gems on board who will inspect your jewelry. We use specialized tools and equipment for this process and are thorough and efficient. We understand that our clients’ items have both monetary and sentimental value and we handle each piece with great care.


Once we’ve completed your jewelry evaluation, we’ll make you an all-cash offer for the value of the item. After you receive our offer, you can decide to sell your jewelry, obtain a collateral loan, or simply walk away! Here’s what happens if you choose to pawn or sell your jewelry with Maxferd:

When You Pawn

When you pawn your jewelry, you are taking a loan out on an item’s potential resale value. The contracts start at four months and are almost always renewable by paying a finance charge. Often, we can hold items with no payment from you for over eight months. We offer fair amounts for your jewelry along with low rates of interest and follow careful procedures to ensure that your items remain safe while they are with us.

When You Sell

When you sell your item to us you will receive top dollar without the option to retrieve the item(s) at a future date. We offer quick cash for whatever we purchase, and you can rest assured that we offer the highest amount for your items, whether exceedingly desirable and collectible or damaged and broken. We endeavor to provide the best customer service so that your interaction with us is smooth and hassle-free.