History / Story :
18 Karat Appraisers is a third-generation, family owned jewelry business that began in the late 1940s in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Abraham, Oscar’s father, opened up his own jewelry business and then Oscar joined the business in the 1970s. After over a decade working together, Oscar decided to move to the United States in the 1980s and joined the renowned French retail jewelry store Fred Joaillier on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills where he eventually became the Director of the store.
After serving celebrity clientele and building a loyal following at Fred for over a decade, Oscar chose to go back to his roots and open his own jewelry company in 1994. He opened a jewelry appraisal firm with an office in Beverly Hills serving his loyal clientele following, well-known Hollywood celebrities and estate attorneys. Shortly thereafter, Oscar began acquiring estate jewelry items drawing on his vast knowledge and experience. His experience helped develop an eye for quality workmanship and unique design which have shaped the handpicked jewelry collection at 18 Karat Appraisers. Hernan, Oscar’s son, joined the family business in 2003 to complete the third-generation family business.
18 Karat Appraisers has conducted business in Beverly Hills for over 30 years and are a well-known family business with a remarkable reputation due to our long history and wealth of experience. Our expertise in gemology, appraising and antique and estate jewelry have allowed us to acquire an exquisite collection of antique and estate jewelry pieces over the years. Everyday contact with international wholesalers and jewelry designers, as well as our certification as certified jewelry appraisers, allows 18 Karat Appraisers to serve our clients with unmatched knowledge to better evaluate your jewelry for the purpose of either appraisal or sale. Our reputation for accuracy and honesty enables us to earn referrals from many jewelry stores in the Los Angeles area including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, XIV Karats, Geary’s, etc. Currently, 18 Karat Appraisers supplies a number of independent jewelry stores and renowned department stores across the nation with one of a kind, antique and estate jewelry. We also provide jewelry appraisal and valuation services to our Hollywood celebrity and international clientele.