Bowen Gemological Laboratory

Tracy Bowen ~ Independent Jewelry Appraiser ~ GIA Graduate Gemologist

Tracy A. Bowen's FAQ's

GIA Graduate Gemologist and Independent Jewelry Appraiser in Salt Lake City, Utah


What is a jewelry appraisal?

An appraisal is an opinion as to the authenticity, quality, design and value of a jewelry item.

Why should I get an appraisal?

The technologies used to produce synthetic gemstones are constantly improving. Gemstone treatments have gone from simple heat treating to high tech processes that induce rare earth elements into inexpensive lower quality gemstones to greatly enhance their color and appearance. Many gemstones, diamonds included, can be exposed to high levels of radiation to improve or produce colors rivaling expensive natural counterparts. Cracks and fractures in low quality gemstones can now be filled with leaded glass or high tech plastics and can very hard to detect without proper equipment. Tracy maintains the professional gemological equipment and tools necessary to identify, detect treatments, evaluate and grade diamonds and colored stones.


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