Liz Stevens the valuer

Chilton’s Antiques valuer Liz Stevens is on part maternity leave & is only valuing items part time there fore we cant offer while you wait valuations anymore. Valuations are approx. 3-5 day turn around.  Liz is only valuing pre 1980's jewellery unless it comes with certification of authenticity on the stone ie DCLA, GIA, due to limitations of the gemmological equipment we have in the shop. So many gemstones today are treated & this effects there value & specific equipment in a laboratory setting is needed to determine treatments which we are not available in our store.
We can recommend you contact NCJV to find your nearest valuer. All valuers specialise in different areas & the NSW delegate will be able to suggest the most suited person to value your items.
All clients who purchase their items in our store will receive valuations within two-week period remembering Liz will be only be in the store for short period of time, a few days a week so your patience is appreciated.
Thank you for your understanding.


What is the purpose for the valuation?

Do you want to sell it? Or is it for your own records and/or insurance replacement purposes? If you just want to sell, we are licensed second hand dealers here at Chilton's. We buy gold, antique jewellery, diamonds, some gemstones and some silver, depending on the style and condition of the pieces. Please make an appointment to come and see us to see if we are interested in buying your items and bring any paperwork relating to the jewellery that you have with you. There is no charge for us to view an item to see if we are interested in purchasing it (whether we say yes or no). For insurance see below:

Valuations to be used for Insurance as replacement- Written:

Chilton's Antiques are fully qualified NCJV registered valuers and we offer a valuation service in the store. We value all new items made at Chilton's by request and will only do valuations for items made elsewhere that date pre-1980s. For any post-1980s newly made items, we recommend you find the nearest qualified registered valuer at the NCJV website

There are three different types of valuation certificates:

  1. Probate (Estate division - including divorce)                                                                                                                 

  2. Insurance (replacement value)

  3. Re-Sale (approximate price an item is worth - based on current market prices)

 Items that will be valued at under $1,000 do not generally require a separate valuation certificate/s. Receipts are usually deemed adequate by insurance companies.        

We charge a fee per item for insurance valuations not a percentage. We also wont value single item goods with a value higher than $40,000.

We have a questions & answers page that may answer a number of questions regarding types of metals and stones. To make an appointment please call us on PH: (02) 9524 0360, during business hours.


* No charge if it was bought from us or made by us.

* Single items $95 INC GST per certificate 

* Multiple items $65 INC GST per certificate

Please bring in any relevant paperwork or past valuations or receipts with you. We ask that do you this, as, if there is a discrepancy, we can explain it to you at the time. You are obliged to inform us what the use of the valuation is for, as our valuations are not to be used for commercial purposes such as re sale. If there are any legal disputes pertaining to the goods we need to be informed at the time the appointment is made. As we run a retail shop, we don't have the time to attend court or any legal proceedings on your behalf, so we have the right to refuse to do the valuation. If this is the case we will suggest a different valuer to help you. 

Verbal Valuations: 

We offer a $25 service (for up to 5 items) for a verbal assessment, which does not include anything in writing. Please note: no large, single diamonds will be able to be assesed verbally as they need to be accurately graded and measured (see written valuations). This fee is waived by us if any of the goods are purchased by Chilton's Antiques. 

Valuation - House calls:

Chilton's Antiques can come to you to appraise your items if you cannot come to us. However, jewellery will only be valued in the store. If you would like to send us photos of your items to see if we might be interested in purchasing them, please send them to ATT: Liz Stevens 579 Kingsway Miranda NSW 2228 or email them to  

There is no fee charged for us to have a look at photos.


Chilton's Antiques valuation terms & condition please read below:


Terms and conditions:

The items described above has been examined & the value given is based solely on the valuers opinion. This valuation is for retail replacement- insurance purposes only- unless other wise stated. The pricing structure above is based off retail replacement on the date provided for the valuation. Retail Replacement Value is based on assumption that the item/s mentioned above will be available for replacement on the open market though a retail high end Sydney CBD outlet. If the item is rare, estate-vintage, collectable or antique this might not always be the case for if an item is lost, damaged or stolen a period & a of time to locate a similar item may be required & a identical item may not be able to be sourced. Values are expressed in Australian dollars only & are inclusive of GST.  Any images- photographs included are not representative of the items actual size & may have been subjected to enhancement digitally. The values stated above is based on professional research & current market conditions at the date shown above. Whilst all care is taken, no liability is accepted for errors or omissions in the certificate, including liability to any person by reason of negligence. The certificate is void if the red NCJV seal is not present.
This valuation is to provide the consumers & trade professionals with an accurate & educated opinion of the description of the Jewellery item. Valuation certificates provide details of that item, which has been tested & measured to our best ability- grade, weighed & the approximate dimensions taken all whilst none of the stones have been removed from there current settings. All calculations are based on internationally accepted practices & formulas.  The limitations imposed by settings mean that figures provided above are estimates. The Values & descriptions provided represent an opinion on quality, workmanship, age, origin, wear & tear- condition, & are based on fair local market conditions in Australian dollars on the date specified. All diamonds clarity grades are based on x10 magnification by an experienced diamond grader & these are not compared to a master set of diamonds. Discrepancies in diamonds grading may occur when diamonds are set due to the colour of the precious metal, restrictions of the settings, & the condition of settings.
The precious metal purity is that marked on the article, when testing of the precious metal is considered necessary the results are approximate.
The valuation is intended for the person who name is on certificate & shall not be reproduced or used for promotional purpose with out the valuers permission. Valuations are only intended for the purposes stated & are based on the opinion of the valuer. The opinion of the description of the item listed above may vary upon examination by other valuers & gemologists. Where enhancements or treatments are present, this is mentioned. Lack of, or for some gemstones, where heat treatment or oiling is generally accepted it is not listed unless otherwise requested. All grading is performed under natural day light conditions. No destructive tests are performed, unless consented by the items owner.
This certificate is not to be be used as apart of two price marketing & it may not be used for promotional purposes The valuer cannot accept liability for any transaction or third party relying on this documentation. Valuation price figure is not representative of a resale value, or that of the original item price prior to discount. Value is based on professional research & current market conditions at the date shown above. Whilst all care is taken, No liability is accepted for any errors or omissions in the certificate, including any liability to any person by reason of negligence.
This Valuation represents retail replacement value & maybe used for insurance purposes. The values & descriptions stated are opinions. Replacement values are based on an identical, similar or new item unless stated otherwise from a traditional prestige (high end) retail showroom in Australian dollars including GST. The values may not represent the price one might pay in a retail showroom after negotiations between a buyer & a seller. Values maybe affected by fluctuations in the currency market with exchange rate & supply & demand in the market place of gems & precious metals. Diamond grades are based on international GIA standards. The values stated in the above certificate do not represent the value one would expect to receive if the item was to be sold on the second hand market. Jewellery items bought on line- via the internet will also incur different pricing structure- & will have a different value assessment as there purchase was not reflective of the retail store/s environment. A retail stores overheads will be much higher the internet based traders.