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There are several factors an appraiser looks at in determining the auction value of an individual item.

Designer: Is the luxury item attributed to a particular designer? We are particularly interested in designers such as Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, VBH, Celine, etc. We do not usually take items that are unsigned. Although they can be expertly crafted and beautiful, the secondary market is driven primarily by designer bags.

Condition: Items that are new or in pristine condition have the highest value.

Materials: What is the item made of, an exotic skin? Leather? Does it have precious materials in the construction, such as metals or stones?

Rarity: Was this a custom order piece? Or part of a limited edition?

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The first step in getting an accurate appraisal is to have the items assessed by a professional. Heritage has been serving the collectibles community for over three decades. During that time we have grown to become the world's largest collectibles dealer by staying on the cutting edge of technology, emphasizing great communications and, above all, listening to what our customers want and then giving them a fair deal on their material. With the agreement of your Heritage representative, Heritage can provide insurance on overnight delivery for your package. Contact us today to discuss a free auction evaluation.

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Meet our expert: Jill Burgum

Senior Director, Fine Jewelry, Dallas
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Jill Burgum, Senior Director of Fine Jewelry for Heritage Auctions, brings a wealth of jewelry expertise to the company.

A graduate of University of Hawaii at Manoa, Ms. Burgum received her B.A. in Art History. After completing her degree, she attended Bowman Tech and Stewart's International, both for training in jewelry manufacturing and repair, then the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, California, where she completed degrees in both Graduate Gemology and Jewelry Design in 1994.

Ms. Burgum began her working career as an on-call preview worker for Sotheby's Beverly Hills, California. She then moved to San Francisco as a jewelry cataloguer for Butterfield & Butterfield Auctions in 1996, transferring to their Los Angeles Jewelry department in 1997 as lead specialist, which she eventually left to build two jewelry web sites for start-up companies. She has also worked in retail jewelry sales and owned her own independent jewelry appraisal business.

She has been a contributor to Art + Auction, Brilliant, Eclat, Modern Jeweler, MSN Money, and Rapaport magazines.

Ms. Burgum has been a guest lecturer for the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Gem & Mineral Council, and appeared as a specialist on HGTV, KTLA, CNN, FOX Business and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.



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