The California Independent Gemological
Laboratory, or CIGL, is your best way of obtaining fair and accurate
information. Need an insurance appraisal? Did you purchased from the
web? An independent appraiser has no hidden agendas and is not subject
to pleasing a store owner. You get an accurate, quick appraisal that
you know is the true replacement value.
At CIGL, the appraisal is done while
you wait. From
cleaning, to the finished appraisal, every step of the way is completed
while you are present. There are only a few rare instances when additional
documentation or pricing creates a situation, where you do not walk out
with the appraisal document in your hand.
Many ask, do I need an appraisal? New
to this site is the QUESTIONAIRE interactive
page. Its design is to help you determine your appraisal needs.
Take a look at the DIFFERENCE page,
and see what an appraisal should look like. If you have had one before,
how does it compare? With an insurance appraisal; the value is in having
the proper documentation
covered. Poorly written documents may be inexpensive, but they can cost
you dearly if you need to rely on one for a replacement.
On the FEES page,
you will have an idea of the costs involved. A well written appraisal
is something you do pay for. Quality is never cheep. If you want cheep,
look for someone who will hand write something and hope you never see
what happens at a time of loss.
To facilitate you, there are two CIGL
offices. One in Berkeley and one in Napa, The two offices serve Alameda,
Albany, American Canyon, Berkeley, Calistoga, El Cerito, Fairfield, Napa,
Oakland, Orinda, Pinole, San Pablo, St Helena, Vacaville, Vallejo, and
other cities in the east and north Bay Area. Go to the CONTACT page
to set up an appointment.