If you've never had good jewelry appraised and aren't even sure what you own, it can be nerve wracking to find someone you can trust. Do you go to the jewelry store in the mall? No. New England Gem Appraisals is the place. Friendly, unassuming, answers dumb questions that they have probably heard a million times. Reams of experience. Works in front of you. Provides great documentation for insurance purposes. Will tell you something is not authentic in the kindest way. Expertise is not cheap, but their service is worth the cost; knowing for sure from someone with no stake in the outcome lets you sleep better.