07/03/2013Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon - Texas Independent Jewelry Appraisers
The office is a small, intimate setting and you can tell the team has worked together for a while, they are like a little family. Ben is an energetic and charming former New Yorker who displays an easy, playful passion for his work and it is clear he is an expert, once you sit down with him. I brought in my bridal set to be re-appraised and without seeing the previous appraisal he was right on target with his appraisal, from the quality and materials to the time-frame and locations the pieces were created (one part was an antique and the other more modern -he called them down to the year just by looking at them). I loved that I could sit with him and he explained the process, showed me how he compared color and determined clarity, gave me information about the markings and how he determines when and where they are made, what stones were machine vs hand cut, and how to best care for and handle the pieces. I also brought in several items I inherited from grand- and great-grand mothers that I wanted more information about. He offered a consultation and was able to tell me what each item was (what stones, synthetic vs. authentic, etc) as well as approximate value of each. The appraisal documents were thorough and professional and they sent me off with a little cleaning kit and promotional items, as well as labeled baggies for all the items they counseled me on. It was a very pleasant and informative experience that I would recommend to anyone.
05/14/2014Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon - Texas Independent Jewelry Appraisers
I made an appointment to see the “Jewelry Judge”, Ben Carson on Saturday morning and was able to secure a time slot that same afternoon. I went with my fiancee and we were greeted by a lady who went through the step by step process with us. She was kind and informative. She asked us if we had the GIA certification with us and was told to not show Mr. Carson until he was finished the appraisal. This way, they could compare and show us the results or “accuracy” of their appraisal.The whole experience was just fascinating. You can immediately tell that he has such a passion for his work. He was extremely thorough and sure enough, he was able to match the specifications on the GIA certificate. He was also very helpful in giving information such as insurance, cleaning, maintaining etc.We were in and out in about an hour and my ring never left my sight. 5 star service that’s well worth the price!
12/14/2014Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon - Texas Independent Jewelry Appraisers
Fantastic Experience.I needed two watches appraised for insurance. I called, made a same day appointment, and was met by Linda G. at the door. She was really kind and knowledgable. I then went through the appraisal process with Mary, who was very thorough, organized, and kind. Ben G. was also there and collaborated with Mary through the process. This appraisal office is incredible. Not only are they fair and honest, they are FUN. Great experience all around.