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Jewelry Box Audit

What’s Hiding in Your Jewelry Box?

Want to be inspired with fresh ways to wear the jewelry you already have? Want to know more about the pieces you have bought, received as gifts or inherited? Want help in deciding what to edit from your collection? You need a virtual Jewelry Box Audit with jewelry historian, educator, and collector Barbara Schwartz.

“A true delight!”                   “Fun”              “I learned a lot”

What is a Jewelry Box Audit?

A Jewelry Box Audit is a one-hour virtual session with vintage costume jewelry expert Barbara Schwartz. It’s a personalized meeting designed to discover the hidden treasures in your jewelry box and inspire you to wear and pair your jewelry in new ways. Barbara applies her trained eye and experience to tell you about the pieces you have and guide you in determining which are worth keeping, fixing, donating, selling, or tossing. The service is not an appraisal or valuation. Instead, a Jewelry Box Audit is meant to be an inspirational, informative, and useful experience tailored to you and your collection.

“The Jewelry Box Audit experience with Barbara was a true delight. She recognized a beaded necklace that I had earmarked as junk as really something special. I have since had it restrung and now have a gorgeous ‘new to me’ necklace for my next night out or Zoom meeting.”

What should I expect?

During the session, Barbara will look at each piece you’ve chosen for review. Share with her if/how you wear the piece – even take a photo – and she will offer styling tips based on your personal style and lifestyle. She will tell you what she knows about each jewel – if it’s fine or costume jewelry, approximately when it was made, possibly by whom, the types of materials used in its creation, whether it is collectable, whether it needs to be repaired or properly appraised, etc.

“The Jewelry Box Audit with Barbara ignited a desire to learn more about some of the pieces.”


I have no idea how to wear this vintage jewelry. Can you help?

With pleasure! Barbara loves to help clients get the most out of their jewels. She can tell you how a piece was intended to be worn and how a mechanism works. You can also learn how many vintage jewels can be worn in multiple ways, such as pairing a brooch with a necklace to form a pendant, and how to mix vintage with contemporary pieces.

How many items can be reviewed in one session?

No two jewelry boxes are alike, and no two Jewelry Box Audits are either. The number of items reviewed during the one-hour consultation will vary, depending on the information you may already have about each piece and the visible markings on it. Select the most important ones to start with, and Barbara will customize your experience.

Do I have to do anything to prepare for a Jewelry Box Audit?

Upon booking, you will be sent a confirmation email with easy-to-follow instructions to be ready for your Jewelry Box Audit. It helps to gather what you know about each piece, such as the year or place it was purchased or gifted, or any markings you can see on it. These are all clues Barbara uses in combination with her jewelry history knowledge. Jewelry Box Audits are meant to be interactive, informative, and enjoyable. Note-taking is encouraged!

I just received jewelry from an inheritance, but I know nothing about it. Can a Jewelry Box Audit help me figure out what is worth keeping?

Definitely! Many Jewelry Box Audit clients have inherited jewelry. They tell Barbara that the process helps them understand more about what they have received. And it helps them decide what to keep and how to wear each piece. If, after the review, you decide that you won’t wear some of your collection but can’t part with these items for sentimental reasons, Barbara will suggest ways to store the jewels so that the donor’s memory is properly honored.

“After recently acquiring a lot of my Mom’s jewelry as an inheritance, I found myself overwhelmed by the weight of the responsibility to ensure pieces received a proper home. After identifying which items might be of value, I was ready to decide what to sell, keep, share or toss. I sincerely felt the audit allowed me to move forward.”

Will I get my jewelry appraised?

No. The service is meant to identify which of your pieces are fine jewelry and which are costume. A Jewelry Box Audit is not an appraisal or valuation service. The session will help you determine if unwanted items could be melted down, re-set, or re-strung. The goal is to help you decide what to keep; what to sell, donate, or give away; and what to toss. (Yes, some jewelry should be tossed.)

“I did a Jewelry Box Audit of some of my mother’s costume jewelry. It helped me decide whether or not to keep some pieces. Barbara has so much information and stories to share about what she’s reviewing; it made the whole process fun!”

Can I get advice on how to repair a piece of jewelry?

Yes. Depending on the type of piece, materials, and damage, a Jewelry Box Audit with Barbara can provide guidance on what to ask your local jeweler to do. TruFaux Jewels does not do repairs.

How do I book a Jewelry Box Audit?

Select an available date and time for your one-hour session from the calendar (it adjusts to your time zone). Upon payment, you will receive a receipt and, in a separate email, a confirmation along with clear, easy-to-follow instructions on how to get ready for your meeting with Barbara. Please book at least 48 hours in advance, to allow yourself time to prepare and get the most out of your appointment.

What technology do I need for a virtual Jewelry Box Audit?

You will need a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone equipped with a camera and microphone, along with an internet connection. The videoconferencing program Barbara uses is Zoom. Your meeting confirmation email will include the link to join the meeting. You do not need a Zoom account to participate.

Can I give a Jewelry Box Audit as a gift?

Yes. It is one of the best gifts you can give – especially for someone who is hard to buy for. Simply purchase a TruFaux Jewels gift card for the cost of the service. After receiving the virtual gift card, the recipient will then need to book the appointment and enter the unique gift card number when checking out.

What if I need to reschedule my Jewelry Box Audit?

Barbara understands that sometimes schedules will change. She asks that any change request be made with 48 hours notice, at the latest. One date/time change per order will be honored. If your appointment is canceled, you will receive a 50% refund.

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USD$150.00 60 minutes