Fairmind offer flexible weekday appointments in and around Chester, Cheshire, the Wirral and North Wales but go further afield when required.

We have a lovely office in the centre of beautiful Chester so you can have your jewellery and watches appraised whilst you shop, have some lunch or spend some time sight seeing.

We hold all the relevant insurances and use an extensive and portable set of specialist instruments to capture all the necessary information on site including photography, before creating and sending the final valuation document one week later. An express service is available upon request.

Your valuation fee will include:

  1. Initial consultation, by email or telephone
  2. Personal appointment in the Chester office or to your home. All jewellery is appraised on site and left with you, so no long wait without it.
  3. Your valuation document (depending on valuation type) will contain the schedule of property, digital photographs, full covering letter and ‘notes to the schedule’ which explain the terms used. This will be sent as soon as they are ready, which is usually within a week.


Effective valuation is a powerful protection for my clients to only pay for what you own but enough to cover you fully in the event of a loss or claim. This is one of the most requested types of appraisal. The values are based on what it would cost to replace the lost item with a similar item in a specified market. This includes a full researched document, digital photographs and detailed appraisal. Additional travelling may incur a nominal charge.

Fees – including office or home visit (home visits for two or more valuation items)
Free Initial pre-valuation consultation by phone or email.
– First Item £80 (this includes personal appraisal, advice, documents, pictures)
– Subsequent items and watches £50
– Single diamonds over 1ct and *Premium items £80
– Single diamonds and Important coloured stones over 2ct *Premium Plus items £150
– Prices are set for items that have paperwork such as certificates, previous valuations or receipts. If you have no paperwork whatsoever there may be an additional fee for the additional complexity of the appraisal.

*Premium and *Premium Plus Items: These are complex items that require extensive additional research, e.g. high value jewellery or items containing many different species of gemstones and jewels. Very high net worth jewellery will be priced indivdually.

Do get in touch and I can clarify which price category your jewellery falls into.

Fees will be confirmed upon your visit and must be paid for before the valuation will be released.


If you simply want to discuss your jewellery and assess how best to go forward I will advise you personally. Just think of it like a jewellery box assessment. We can highlight anything that may need a valuation and those items that have sentimental but not great monetary value. Great for peace of mind. Charged in 1 hour sections.

Fees – Including office or home visit
– £50 per hour


This is the valuation required by the executor of an estate. The probate valuation is used to calculate Death Duties or Inheritance tax to obtain Probate of the Will. The values are based on the open market values at the date of death.

Fees – including office or home visit
Free Initial pre-valuation consultation by phone or email
– Document, appointment and advice £80

– Each higher value item £ 40 – £80 (depending on complexity)
– In the event of lots of lower value items, they can be grouped and a fee given for the work at approximately £15 per item.


A discreet valuation service offered to parties considering the division of assets. It is commonly required in a divorce or separation situation. It can also be used for the division of assets when bequeathing jewellery to family members and other beneficiaries when writing a will.

Fees – including office or home visit
Same fees as Valuation for Insurance


A type of valuation that ensures a fair price between both parties in the event a party wishes to sell an item of property to a friend or relative and not through the auction house. This value normally represents an open market value unless otherwise instructed.

Fees – including office or home visit
Same fees as Valuation for Insurance

Local destinations are included. Please get in touch if you a further afield as a mileage charge may be applicable.

Retail Jewellers
We will visit your store and appraise on site.

Valuation for Insurance
Appraised and researched documents for your customers without you having to take time out of your day to compile a legally binding valuation but offer a valuable and trusted service.

Solicitors and Insurance Companies

Office visits depending on the requirements including;

  • Probate
  • Insurance Valuation
  • Family Division
  • Valuation for private sale

Independent Valuations undertaken for your customers to enable you to quickly gather the information needed to proceed with your service to your clients.

Please get in contact for Industry rates.

Jewellery Valuations for Insurance, Probate, Family Division, Divorce in Chester, North Wales