Our appraisal group is a partnership of Licensed, Certified and Accredited Appraisers with over 55 years of combined experience.  The team consists of a licensed real estate appraiser, certified & experienced personal property and equipment appraisers, and accredited gemologists.  We have conducted real estate appraisals throughout Illinois.  The team successfully completes appraisals in business equipment, vehicles, restaurant equipment, machinery, airplanes, boats / vessels, coins, guns, rare instruments, fine art, rare furniture, timepieces, sports collectibles, jewelry and jewelry stores, diamonds / colored stones and much more. Capital Appraisal Group has been depended on by countless investors to secure fair acquisitions and dispositions. Our services compliment many other professions.  We are used by banks, not for profits, top law firms, accounting agencies, estate executors and managers, bankruptcy trustees, investors, judges, insurances companies, developers, and other appraisers.  We are committed to education, technology, and market trends.

Diamond & Colored Stone Appraisal


There are several important considerations to consider when getting property appraised. These guidelines will help ensure that you fully understand the process and that you hire the most qualified, ethical, transparent, and educated appraiser. A qualified appraiser will have extensive experience in research, will be well networked, and very resourceful.  The foundation of any professional appraisal is the knowledge and active implementation of the (USPAP) training – Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.  This is the Congressionally authorized standards for real estate appraisers and the widely recognized standards for personal property.

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Why do people obtain appraisals?
  • Potential Sale

  • Insurance Purposes

  • Settlement of an Estate

  • Donations – Taxes

  • Purchasing

  • Divorce Settlement

  • Refinance or Home Equity Loan

  • Expert Witness

  • Relocation

  • Damage

  • Wills

  • Discovery

What do we appraise?
  • Business Equipment

  • Vehicles

  • Machinery

  • Airplanes

  • Boats & Vessels

  • Restaurant Equipment

  • Coins & Currency

  • Guns

  • Real Estate

  • Rare Instruments

  • Fine Art

  • Timepieces

  • Sports Collectibles

  • Jewelry

  • Diamonds & Colored Stones

  • Rare Furniture

  • & Much More!

Yellow Stone Diamond Ring Appraisal
Stingray Corvette Appraisal
Yellow Stone Earring Appraisal
Home Appraisal
Business Inventory Appraisal
Pink Stone Diamond Ring Appraisal
Commercial Appraisal
Amber Stone Necklace Appraisal
House Appraisals
Companies Vehicle Fleet Appraisal
Home Appraisal
Diamond Rose Gold Ring Appraisal
Real Estate Appraisals
Pink Stone Necklace Appraisal
Home Appraisals
Blue Stone Diamond Ring Appraisal
Farm Equipment Appraisals
Blue Stone Necklace Appraisal
Blue Stone Diamond Earring Appraisal
Thomas Walsh

Personal Information: Tom has had appraisal certifications since 2007.  His true passion is helping people and organizations create honesty and transparency through effective and methodical valuations.  He is a full time auctioneer and spend the majority of my life studying market trends in the industry.  He is committed to professionalism and ethics.  


Education: Bachelors in Arts and Minor concentration in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University.  Appraisal Principle and Practices as well as Personal Property Appraisals from Lincoln Land Community College.  I have successfully taken USPAP Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) several times.


Services: Tom actively provide estates, not-for-profits, religious organizations, trustees, attorneys, collectors, and private parties appraisals on assets.  His concentrations are General, but has experience with vehicles, equipment, firearms, business assets, salvage, general household, watches, coin collections, antiques, fine art. He takes great pride in the fact that his services are fast, accurate and reliable.

Randall J Phillips, SRA

Randy has been appraising residential properties for over 17 years.  He specializes in all types of residential appraisal work, and appraisal consulting, including homeowner appraisals, (for sale by owner and tax appeal), and appraisal reports and consulting for attorneys and accountants, (divorce, bankruptcy, and estate).   He serves all of Sangamon County and Menard County.  Randy graduated from UIS with a degree in Business Administration in 1997.  He is a member of the Appraisal Institute and received the SRA designation in 2010.  Randy is a member of the Capital Area Association of Realtors and the American Business Club.

Brian Denney, FGA, ICGA, GG

Brian has been involved in personal property and estate appraisals for over 15 years. He was named the DETC Outstanding Graduate of the Gemological Institute of America in 2007.  Brian has been involved in every level of the diamond and jewelry trade from manufacturing, wholesale, and retail markets.  He served as a board member of the National Colored Diamond association in 2015 and is actively involved in the Springfield community. 

Education & Certifications:

  • Fellow of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA)

  • Graduate Gemologist, Gemological Institute of America (GG)

  • Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser, American Gem Society (ICGA)

  • Diamond Practical Exam, Gemmological Association of Great Britain.

  • DETC Outstanding Graduate – Gemological Institute of America - 2007

  • Pseudoisochromatic Color Vision Screening – June 2017

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Affiliations & Awards:

  • Gemmological Association of Great Britain, Fellow

  • Outstanding Graduate Student - Gemological Institute of America

  • Natural Colored Diamond Association, Past Board Member

  • Accredited Gem Laboratory - American Gem Society

  • HSHS Foundation Toast of the Town Committee

  • American Business Club, Past Board Member

  • Springfield Bicycle Club

  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, Abraham Lincoln Council

  • Council Board Member, Boy Scouts of America, Abraham Lincoln Council

  • Team Waldo – founding member

Laboratory Equipment:

  • Raman Spectrometer with Photoluminescence

  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)

  • UV-VIS -NIR Spectrometer

  • XRF Spectrometer

  • EXA Natural Diamond Detector

  • Binocular Microscope

  • Refractometer

  • Polariscope

  • London Dichroscope

  • Chelsea Color Filter

  • Long Wave and Short Wave Ultraviolet viewing cabinet

  • SSEF diamond spotter

  • Presidium Leveridge Gauge

  • Vision 360 Photography System

  • Sarine Instructor, Advisor, and GIA Facetware

  • Sarine Diascan S9+

  • Extensive Gemological Library

  • System Eickhorst Grading Cabinet


Capital Appraisal Group is based in Springfield, IL, but has appraised items all over the world. If you have questions or have something you are interested in getting appraised we would love to talk to you. Feel free to give us a call or fill out the form and one of our members will be in touch with you as soon as possible.


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