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Illustrations from Estate Jewelry, 1760 to 1960

  • Estate Jewelry, 1760 to 1960

    Estate Jewelry, 1760 to 1960

  • Bakelite dress clips

    Bakelite dress clips

  • Diamond platinum duette 1917

    Diamond platinum duette 1917

  • Georgian feather brooch

    Georgian feather brooch, garnets and pearls

  • Hair work brooch

    Hair work brooch

  • In service bracelet 1917

    In service bracelet 1917

  • Mid Victorian lava cameo

    Mid Victorian lava cameo

Diamond carat weight

Here's a quick tip: the diameter of a No. 2 pencil eraser is about the same size as a one carat, round-brilliant diamond.

If you can measure your gemstone, be sure to visit "Antique and Collectible Jewelry" posts page. There is a link to a gem-weight calculator from dendritics at the bottom of the page about gem identification.

Accredited Certified Appraiser


Personal property appraisals of antiques, fine art, jewelry, coins, silver, furniture and household contents.

Give us a  toll-free call to find out how we can provide you with safe appraisal services at:

(877) 255-5445

Personal property appraiser and author

Diana Sanders Cinamon is a published author and personal property appraiser. She has written two books, one about antique silver the other about antique jewelry.

Knowledge that makes a difference

Ms. Cinamon is considered to be a leading authority on both antique silver and antique jewelry.  She brings this level of expertise to every appraisal.  In addition to being the Gemology Department Facilitator (Department Chair) Ms. Cinamon  also teaches appraisal theory at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA.

There are different types of appraisals

There are many different types of personal property appraisals and different types of personal property. Antique appraisals, jewelry appraisals, silver appraisals, furniture appraisals, and fine art appraisals are just a small part of our appraisal services.

Not everything needs to be appraised

In most cases, only a portion of your contents actually require an appraisal. This applies to most insurance appraisals, estate appraisals, and divorce appraisals. The Appraisal Services  page has more information about different types of appraisals.

Donation & estate appraisals – things to consider

Ms. Cinamon is an IRS qualified and certified appraiser, complying with all USPAP requirements. We also provide appraisal guidelines for estate planning and donation appraisals. Ms. Cinamon has never been audited for a donation appraisal or an estate appraisal. This is an important consideration when choosing a personal property appraiser.

Guidelines for donation appraisals

We have some guidelines, along with IRS forms for donation appraisals on the Appraisal Services page of the web site. We strongly recommend scheduling the donation appraisal before you make the donation.

Appraisers do not appraise and then buy

To avoid potential conflicts, WE DO NOT BUY. It is a conflict of interest for an antique appraiser to appraise and offer to buy. It is considered unethical in our profession. Visit our "Where to Sell" page for some suggestions.

 Call toll free to talk about our appraisal services and fees.

(877) 255-5445 

Join us at the AGTA wholesale gem show in Tucson, AZ:  January 30, 2024  through February 4, 2024 booth #1715.

The Pearl Wise Unified Grading System and related family of products will be available for sale.

Never forget 911

Never forget 911


Illustrations from All About Antique Silver with International Hallmarks.

  • AAA Silver

    All About Antique Silver

  • American coin silver milk jug 1751-1761

    American coin silver milk jug 1751-1761

  • American, arts and crafts sauce boat

    American, arts and crafts sauce boat, Sterling silver

  • German city marks

    German city marks

  • Gorham date symbol 1908

    Gorham date symbol 1908

  • Gorham date symbol 1912

    Gorham date symbol 1912

  • Sterling silver rococco revival beverage cup

    Sterling silver rococco revival beverage cup

  • Sterling silver soup tureen, 1760

    Sterling silver soup tureen, 1760

Be sure to visit the Appraisal Services page to learn about our "gift with purchase" offer.

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Gems of California

Stereographs were popular from the 1840's through the 1930's. They began to fall out of favor when motion pictures became available to the general public. The "Gems of California Scenery" series were an early look at the scenic beauty of California.  Below are some images from later stereographs featuring Southern California venues.

Specialty Appraisals © 2024

We provide certified appraisals in the southern California (ca) area. We cover all of Orange County, ca. Sample cities include Orange, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, and surrounding cities. This includes certified appraisals in Los Angeles County. A few sample cities Los Angeles, Encino, Woodland Hills, Chatsworth, and Glendale (and surrounding cities). We cover all of San Bernardino County, ca including: San Bernardino, Chino Hills, Redlands, Riverside, the Inland Empire, and nearby locations in both the Coachella Valley and High Desert. Please feel free to call us about services in your area.

Your appraisal will reflect conditions in your local area.

We recognize that prices are not the same in Palm Springs, Ca or Redlands, Ca, as they are in Newport Beach, Ca, even though studies show that our clients often maintain residences in more than one location. We do not charge for travel time to most major cities in the Southern California (CA) area which includes other areas like Riverside County, the Coachella Valley, the Conejo Valley, the San Gabriel Valley or any parts of the Inland Empire.

Whether you live in Calabasas or Burbank, CA personal property appraisal prices are the same. We do not charge any more for personal property appraisals in Pasadena, CA than we do for personal property appraisals in Claremont, CA or Glendora, CA. It is all part of our southern California appraisal service area.

Appraisals are done in your home or business.

Antique appraisers in Murrieta, Fallbrook, Temecula and Wildomar are not very common. As long as our minimum appraisal fees are met, we will drive to your location and there is no charge for travel time. We can often book two appraisals in one day. This minimizes the actual travel time.  For example, we might have an antique appraisal in Rancho Cucamonga and a fine art appraisal in Upland.

It is easy to make a stop for a jewelry appraisal in Lake Forest if we are already in Irvine for a fine art appraisal. Certain areas like Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Palm Desert, and Lake Arrowhead are seasonal communities. These cities will rarely have a full-time certified appraiser in their area. Those desert cities are part of the Coachella Valley. It is easy to offer appraisal services in Rancho Mirage, and then stop in Beaumont or Banning for an antique appraisal on the way back or stop for a fine art appraisal in Indian Wells.

Servicing rural communities

Some areas are less densely populated, like San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Redlands actually borders San Bernardino and parts of Grand Terrace. People in cities like Corona, Eastvale, and Lake Mathews understand that appraisal services like jewelry appraisals, antique appraisals, or fine art appraisals might not be available locally. It would not be unusual for clients in these areas to use the services of a certified appraiser in Orange, CA, or even Yorba Linda, Santa Ana, or Anaheim.

The Conejo Valley is another area whose population is spread out. Many areas are farming communities, so potential clients in Moorpark understand that hiring a certified appraiser in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, or even as far east as Westlake Village, might be the closest location for a certified appraiser. San Bernardino, CA, Orange, CA and Encino, CA are areas we service on a regular basis. Again, we service most of southern California including the Inland Empire, the Coachella Valley, and the Conejo Valley.