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Appraiser brings ‘what it’s worth’ event to Brighton

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — Fred Meyer Jewelers in the new King Soopers Marketplace is planning an event to help you discover what your jewelry is worth.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, gemologist and independent jewelry appraiser Sara Thaemlitz will be at the store to provide customers with a free appraisal during its “What it’s Worth” event.

Thaemlitz likened the event to an antiques road show but said its for jewelry. She encourages customers to bring an item they’re curious about or to bring their jewelry box and she will help them determine what one of their pieces is — whether it has a diamond or a topaz — and what it’s worth. 

She said unlike a car that loses value once it leaves the parking lot, jewelry doesn’t lose its value at all. She said within the last couple of years the price of gold has gone up to $1,200 an ounce, the price for platinum has gone up to $1,400 an ounce and the price of diamonds have doubled over the last to years. 

Thaemlitz also explained that if jewelry doesn’t get appraised every three or four years, a person will be under-insured and would be unable to replace it if that piece were lost or stolen. 

During the event, customers will receive an appraisal on a first-come first-serve basis and will be limited to one jewelry item per person. The service is a verbal appraisal but customers can schedule a complete appraisal while they’re in the store. 

“(Customers) can, later on, come in to the Fred Meyer Jewelry and get an actual documentation for their insurance or estate purposes, whatever they might actually need it for, but most people have not updated their appraisals in 10 to 20  years.” 

The new King Soopers Marketplace is located at 100 N. 50th Ave. in Brighton.