How much does a jewellery valuation cost?

So. how much does a valuation cost?'

That is a good question, but it is also rather broad. You see, numerous factors relating to a piece of jewellery or a watch will influence the valuations cost. Of course, we can't comment on how other companies charge, but we can explain our fees and why we believe our way is the most transparent and fair way of working.

Traditionally, the fee for a valuation has always been a percentage of the overall value. Now, that is an odd way of working. Firstly, you won't know how much the valuation will cost until you receive the bill. But a 'value' could easily be increased to obtain a higher fee. So, the potential for a conflict of interest is substantial.

At Clarity Valuations, we are open and transparent with our fees. We work on a three-tier fee system, where you pay a fixed amount for each item valued. Our tiered structure allows for straightforward fee categorisation of watches and jewellery based on their complexity, inspection and research time. Irrespective of which tier your piece falls into, you pay a fixed amount. So you'll know how much your valuation will cost before you agree to the work, with no hidden surprises.  It's straightforward, transparent and fair. 

A completely free and non-obligatory quote is provided for every job and is agreed on before any work is undertaken.

Valuation fees

We believe in being transparent with our fees, which is why we charge the same regardless of whether your valuation is for Insurance, Probate, Family Division, or any other type that we offer.

  • You pay a fixed fee for each item valued, not a percentage of the item's value.
  • You will know how much your valuation will cost before booking your appointment.
  • Everything is included in the fixed fee, so there are no hidden extras.
  • Valuations are provided in a digital PDF format as standard, or you can upgrade and have your valuation presented in a high-quality hardbound folder, including the digital copy. (Additional fee applies)
  • You can update your valuation at any point at a preferential rate.
  • Preferential rates for members of the NHS, emergency services and armed forces.
  • Same day priority service available (conditions apply)

Every valuation contains a full description of your item(s), including dimensions, stone weights, qualities, manufacturing details, hallmark, gross weight, digital images, and the current value, including the relevant market.

For large collections we can tailor a fixed fee for the work that reflects your specific requirements. Please contact us to discuss.

Description Cost
Digital Report Fee:
£70.00 (One off fee for each valuation)
Tier One (Standard watches & jewellery)
Standard diamond/gem set items:             

£70.00 each
Standard watches:
(TAG, Breitling, Tudor, Omega etc)
£70.00 each
Tier Two (Premium watches & jewellery)
Premium diamond/gem set items:
(Single diamonds between 1.00 & 1.30ct)

From £100.00 each
Premium watches:
(Rolex, Patek, Audemars, Cartier etc)
From £100.00 each
Tier Three (Exceptional pieces)
Exceptional diamond fee:
(Single diamonds over 1.30ct in weight)
£80.00 per carat
Exceptional watches:
(Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis etc)
From £150.00 each
Example One Cost 
Digital Report Fee: £70.00
One standard diamond/gem set valuation:                         £70.00
Total: £140.00
Example Two Cost 
Digital Report Fee: £70.00
One premium watch valuation:                                         £100.00
Total: £170.00

Premium & Exceptional items

Premium items are charged a higher fee due to the additional time needed to inspect and research such items. Luxury, vintage, or collector watches, antique jewellery, multiple diamond or gemstone set pieces, and single-stone diamonds weighing 1.00 and 1.30 carats are considered premium items.

Exceptional diamonds are individual diamonds that are over 1.30ct in weight. These are charged at £80.00 per carat due to the additional inspection, grading and research time required.

Irrespective of the fee bracket, we always provide free, no-obligation quotes before any work's commencement.

Priority completion

We understand how easy it is to lose track of time and for your insurance renewal to be due suddenly. Our standard completion time frame of 7-10 working days might not be quick enough in situations like that.

So to help, we offer a priority completion service where will undertake the inspection and provide you with a completed valuation the same day. Additional fee, appointment time, item limitations and conditions apply. Please contact us to discuss and book your appointment.

Preferential rates for emergency services and armed forces

We recognise the fantastic work undertaken by members of our emergency services and armed forces. So we are delighted to offer a 10% discount on all of our fees to anyone employed in the Armed Forces, NHS, Fire Service, Police Service and community first responders. To claim your discount, tell us at your appointment booking that you are employed in one of these services and present a valid staff ID or registered Blue Light Card during your appointment.

Fees for re-valuations

We also offer a preferential re-valuation service on items we have valued previously. Each piece is charged at 50% of the current item fee, plus the relevant report fee. This helps to ensure that you do not find yourself either under or over-insured despite continuous fluctuations within the relevant markets.

We welcome enquiries from members of the public, the jewellery trade, private companies and local authorities.