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Edward Lewand

Edward A. Lewand, GG, ASA, AAA, is a professional, independent appraiser of Fine and antique jewelry. He has earned a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America, is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America and a Senior Accredit Member in Gems and Jewelry from the American Society of Appraisers.

Why Independently Checked?

Mission Statement

We believe the ability to independently verify your online purchase is too complicated, especially when buying jewelry, works of art and collectibles. That’s where we come in.

Our mission is to provide the consumer assurance in their purchasing of jewelry from online vendors and stores. We
do not buy or sell jewelry: we are an independent company offering a verification service to assure you that your purchase is as represented and offer you a guarantee of our findings.

We do not appraise or assign value, we only verify facts as represented by the vendor, including other information that may have been omitted, such as weight, total diamond count, period, style, and other information that may be needed to accurately identify your item.

As seasoned professionals, we know the buying public needs reassurance of an item’s quality, authenticity, condition, and other information when buying from local auctions and third-party vendors online.

Independentlychecked.com aims to meet this need in the market by bolstering the seller’s honesty, reputation and integrity through the backing of our independent authority.

We stand by our guarantee and are here to give you the peace of mind you need to purchase valuables online safely.

-Ed & The IC Team

How It Works

3 Easy steps to peace of mind

1 When checking out on your favorite site or at your favorite store, tell them you would like to use Independently Checked, and that you will provide them with our address for shipment in your name. Fill out our submission form and we will provide you with our address in the confirmation email. 

2 As soon as we receive your item, one of our recorded team members will open your box, physically assess your item against the available information provided, and add in any additional information left out by the seller.  Our expert findings are then checked by a second team member, and if deemed authentic, any metal is tested and markings are noted.

3 Once our experts are in agreement, your item is expertly repackaged in its original box, accompanied by a printed version of our findings report (which is also emailed to you), and the item is express mailed to you overnight, all within 24 hours of receipt. If our team finds any issues with your purchase, we will notify you via email and return the item to the seller at your discretion. 

Our Guarantee

Our sole purpose is to provide you with peace of mind

Understanding and evaluating grading is somewhat objective, even for professionals, but that shouldn’t keep you from feeling comfortable with your purchases. That’s why we will reimburse you the difference in price of your purchase price to the appraised value if we are more than one single grade lower in our findings.

We represent our findings for a period of 3 years after purchase, as we continue to adapt to changes in scientific advances, grading criteria and market fluctuations.

We are professionals who stand by our knowledge and our experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

 

Our Product

Independentlychecked.com does not formally appraise. The information we sent you can be turned into an appraisal by the vendor so you can insure the item, or we can forward your information on to a professional, independent, certified appraiser for their report for an additional fee.

Appraisals are a separate service and are not part of Independently Checked’s service. Any and all fees collected for appraisal are paid directly to the appraiser from our vetted list of appraisers. We review all appraisers to make sure they do not buy and sell, do not own or work for a store and are certified or accredited by one of the three personal property appraisal organizations– the AAA, Appraisers Association of America. The ASA, American Society of America and the ISA, the international Society of America.

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