In this article from Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers, we will cover some common questions that people have when selling their estate jewelry, antique jewelry, and other precious items from their fine jewelry box.
1. What is the difference between selling my “estate jewelry” and selling my “antique jewelry”?
When you are planning to sell your “estate jewelry,” this simply means that you are planning to sell any of the used (pre-owned) jewelry that you own. However, if you are planning to sell antique jewelry, this generally means that you are looking to sell jewelry that is at least 70 years old. However, in official terms, antique jewelry must be at least 100 years old to be considered antique.
2) How can I estimate my item’s value when selling estate jewelry?
The value of your estate jewelry largely depends on the following three factors: 1) Your jewelry’s rarity and how big a demand there is for the item. 2) The company who created your item. For example, estate jewelry manufactured by Tiffany &. Co. will likely be worth around double that of similar items produced by a mass market jewelry manufacturer. 3) The intrinsic value of the gemstones and precious metals the fine jewelry.
3) How can I identify who made my estate jewelry?
This is easy to do for most contemporary and vintage fine jewelry. You simply look for the hallmark that has been engraved into the metal of your estate jewelry. A hallmark is also sometimes referred to as the maker’s mark. For example, the hallmark seen on contemporary Cartier jewelry is the name Cartier written in cursive letters.
If you are planning to sell antique jewelry, it might be more difficult to identify the manufacturer of your estate jewelry because many old jewelry makers did not use hallmarks. In that case, you may wish to take advantage of Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers’ free verbal appraisal and let us try to identify the maker of your estate jewelry for you.
4) What kind of damage might lower the value of my estate jewelry?
Before selling your estate jewelry, you should inspect your item(s) closely with a magnifying glass (if possible). If there are any solder marks on the metal or any tiny cracks in the gemstones, this will lower the value of your piece. If your estate jewelry is more seriously damaged and actually broken it probably is not worth having it repaired, unless your items have been manufactured by a highly sought-after luxury brand like Harry Winston or Van Cleef & Arpels.
5) Why was my vintage/antique jewelry valued so low?
There are many reasons why you might not receive as much cash as you were expecting when selling your antique or vintage fine jewelry. One thing to be aware of is that many pieces from the Art Deco period are set with synthetic stones, which are worth far less than natural gemstones. Another thing to remember is that many “Orient” pieces that were popular during the 1960s are reproductions of more valuable vintage/antique jewelry and were produced in white gold rather than the more expensive platinum.
6) What is the best way to sell estate jewelry worth over $10,000?
Many owners of extraordinary estate jewelry sell their items via an auction house which specializes in exceptional jewels, such as Sotheby’s or Christie’s (see our article “How to Sell Jewelry at Sotheby’s“). This can be a viable option if you are willing to wait up to 6 months for your item to be auctioned and sold. However, if you wish to sell highly valuable estate jewelry more quickly, Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers is among the few estate buyers in the United States who has the financial resources and expertise to by exceptional jewels valued upwards to $250,000 and beyond.
7) Is selling my estate jewelry to a pawn shop a good idea?
Pawn shops are often a good place to sell ordinary gold jewelry, gold chains, and scrap gold jewelry. Indeed your local pawn shop likely will pay you more money than big online gold buyers will. However, if you want to sell designer jewelry from a luxury brand like Tiffany & Co.; sell antique fine jewelry; or sell a large carat custom-made diamond ring, it is best to visit a dedicated estate jewelry buyer like Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers.
Unlike most pawn shops (which ordinarily buy jewelry based on the scrap metal price and intrinsic value of any gemstones), our estate buyers value your fine jewelry based on its worldwide resale value, and are experts at assessing the added brand value of designer luxury items and large carat diamonds.
8) How safe is it to sell estate jewelry online?
Selling estate jewelry online to Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers is highly secure and involves no risk whatsoever. We provide you with free FedEx Overnight shipping and every item shipped to us is insured to its maximum value by Parcel Pro, a UPS Capital Company which specializes in insuring high value jewelry, diamonds, and gemstones. For more information please click on the following link: Sell Estate Jewelry From Home.