About our company

Jewelry Appraisers in Philadelphia

PJA is owned and operated by Joshua Hyman, a GIA Graduate Gemologist (1992) & 4th generation Philadelphian Jeweler. Joshua’s great grandfather, Ruben Littman, was known as a “curb merchant” during the depression, buying and selling precious metals door to door in South Philadelphia. He grandparents, Marshall & Pearl Littman owned a jewelry manufacturing business from 1950 to 1986 then they passed it onto Joshua’s parents, Martin & Francine Hyman. Joshua’s brother, uncle, cousin and great aunt all worked in the jewelry business. Since graduation as a Gemologist he has been appraising jewelry for people all over the world. Valuing people’s treasures is his passion. He has completed over 12,000 appraisals in over 30 years.

PJA is a professional jewelry appraising office and laboratory located in Jeweler’s Row in Center City, Philadelphia. We have standard and advanced testing equipment on our premises. Whether you want to insure, sell or just learn everything about your treasures we have the tools and experience to complete the task.

Philadelphia jewelry appraiser

Joshua Hyman, Owner


Philadelphia Jewelry Appraisers

Retail Replacement

Single Item

Starting at $175

Complete and thorough written description, digital photograph included, accurate retail replacement value for proper insurance coverage.

Retail Replacement

Multiple Items

Starting at $175 + $125 ea.

$175 first item, $125 each additional (up to 10 total). Call for estimate charges for large amounts of appraisals. Same information as above.


Watch Appraisals

Starting at $100 ea.

Starting at $100 for each watch.


You value your treasures. We provide the value reports.

With a scheduled appointment you can expect to be here between 20-30 minutes for a single item report. We do everything in front of you. We answer any questions you have about the process. Our reports include consultation during your visit about value, insurance, selling and inheritance issues.


Graded by a GIA Graduate Gemologist using the GIA system.

Synthetic Diamonds

Lab Grown, Above Earth, Man Made, all identified and graded using advanced gemological equipment.

Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire

Identified, graded for quality, Treatments and country of origin opinion. Evaluated for market value.


Identified as real or fake, evaluated for market value.

Color stone ID

ID and value for all inexpensive color stones.


We appraise all periods of jewelry, Antiques, Vintage, Edwardian, Art Deco, Retro, Georgian, age doesn’t matter.

Location & Hours

A 5-7 minute walk from University of Pennsylvania or Jefferson Hospitals. Located on the famous “Jeweler’s Row”. Metered Street Parking or indoor/outdoor parking lots close by.

Walk-ins welcome.

126 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
$10 off – Street Parking | $20 off – Lot Parking with any appraisal purchase.

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