At Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers, we specialize in purchasing extraordinary sapphire jewelry ordinarily sold at auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s. If you have been wondering how to sell a sapphire diamond ring, necklace, or earrings, our San Diego jewelry buyers can help.
In this article, we cover some of the common questions our clients have had when selling sapphire jewelry for a generous and immediate cash offer.
1) What is a sapphire and what does “cornflower blue” look like?
Sapphires are precious gemstones in the corundum mineral family. Trace amounts of iron, titanium, chromium, copper, or magnesium can give the stone a blue, yellow, purple, orange, or a greenish color, while impurities can yield a pink or reddish tint.
Standard sapphires are blue in color, with “cornflower blue” being the most precious hue. Cornflower blue is a medium-dark to violet-blue hue which derives its name from a European flower known by various names, including cornflower, bachelor’s button, bluebottle, and boutonniere flower. Sapphires that are not blue but exhibit other colors are known as fancy sapphires.
2) What aspects of my sapphire jewelry will increase the cash offer?
There a variety of factors that can impact the cash offer of sapphire earrings, pendants, and other sapphire jewelry. The important thing to keep in mind is that the value of your sapphire jewelry is based primarily on the origin, color, carat size, and quality of the sapphire.
The most important aspect is your sapphire’s color–the most sought after being the “cornflower blue” we mentioned above. In many cases, the sapphire will be extracted and the rest of the jewelry melted down and sold at scrap prices. The exception to this rule is if you are selling sapphire diamond jewelry manufactured by a designer jewelry brand like Chopard, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, or Tiffany & Co.
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3) Why is my cash offer so much less than my sapphire jewelry’s retail price?
When people sell sapphire jewelry, they are sometimes surprised when they don’t receive a cash offer closer to the retail price of their sapphire necklace, earrings, or ring. When selling sapphire jewelry, it is important to remember that the retail price of your item was likely at least triple the manufacturing cost. This usually holds true even if you bought your sapphire jewelry online or at advertised “wholesale” prices.
4) Will I get a cash offer close to the appraisal value of my sapphire jewelry?
In most cases, the answer is no. If your sapphire jewelry came with a “replacement” appraisal or was appraised for insurance purposes, the appraisal value is the retail value of your sapphire jewelry. And, as we mentioned previously, the retail value of an sapphire pendant, ring, or necklace is usually 3 times more than the manufacturing cost.
However, if prior to selling your sapphire diamond jewelry, you take the item to a jewelry appraiser and ask for a re-sell price estimate, you usually will be able to receive a cash offer that is closer to that price, depending on the accuracy of the sapphire appraisal.
5) Can I sell my sapphire jewelry for a good price if it isn’t accompanied by a lab report?
You can sell large carat sapphire jewelry to our jewelry buyers, regardless of whether or not your ring is accompanied by a lab report. However, if you do have a lab report for your sapphire jewelry from a respected gems lab (such as GIA) do let us know because this will help us to evaluate the sapphire’s correct value.
6) How safe is it to sell my sapphire jewelry online?
Selling sapphire 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 piece of sapphire jewelry 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.
If you decline our final cash offer for any reason, we will be happy to ship your sapphire jewelry back to you at our expense. For more information about selling your sapphire jewelry online to our estate buyers, please click on the following link: Sell Sapphire Jewelry From Home.
Customers who live in Southern California can sell us their sapphire jewelry in person at our main buying office in La Jolla, CA.
7) What about trying to sell my sapphire jewelry on eBay?
While some people have success selling sapphire diamond jewelry on eBay, many more are not so fortunate.
The reason so many people find it hard to sell sapphire jewelry on eBay is that the world market is full of synthetic sapphires and low quality sapphires. Potential buyers are therefore legitimately worried about buying fake or low quality sapphire jewelry online.
Sellers who are successful at selling a sapphire necklace or ring on eBay are usually private individuals who have a long track record of successful sales and high ratings, or professional jewelers with a bricks and mortar store.
To learn more about the issues involved when trying to sell sapphire jewelry through an online auction website and traditional auction houses, please click on the following link: Should I Auction a Sapphire Ring?
Arrange a Free Sapphire Jewelry Appraisal
Contact our sapphire jewelry buyers today to arrange a free verbal appraisal of your sapphire ring, necklace, brooch, or earrings. You can also get the process started online by telling us about the sapphire jewelry you wish to sell in the contact form below.
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Would you like more information about our estate jewelry buyers? Click on the following link to learn more reasons why we are the best place to sell your large carat sapphire and: The Best Place to Sell Jewelry.
Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers specializes in evaluating the market worth of antique sapphire rings and high-brand sapphire and diamond jewelry, including sapphire jewelry from Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron, Rainbow Sapphire Collection & other fine jewelry houses.
We purchase fine sapphires from all origins, including Kashmir sapphires, Burmese sapphires, and Sri Lankan sapphire. We also purchase fine sapphire rings and jewelry set with rare star sapphires, cat’s eye sapphires, and color changing sapphires.
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Discover Why DEJB is the Best Place to…
- Sell a Collector Gem Quality Sapphire
- Sell GIA or AGL Certified Sapphires
- Sell a Star Sapphire & Color Change Sapphire
- Sell Art Deco Sapphire Rings & Earrings
- And more.
Are you thinking about auctioning your sapphire jewelry with an online auction website or with a traditional auction house? Before you do, be sure to read our knowledge article: Where Can I Auction a Sapphire Ring?
Learn About Sapphires & Sapphire Jewelry
Archaeological evidence reveals that the very earliest sapphires most likely came from Sri Lanka, traveling through the Middle East to the Mediterranean cultures and eventually to Europe during the Roman Empire. The earliest sapphires were simply polished rounded stones, sometimes drilled and used as beads for necklaces and bracelets, or set en cabochon. Surface faceting of sapphires does not appear until after the 16th century. Learn more at: All About Sapphires.
Learn About Sapphire Treatments
Before buying or selling a sapphire ring, necklace, or earrings, you should be aware of sapphire treatments. Fracture filling and flux healing are treatments used on sapphires, with the attendant decrease in the value of the stones. As with rubies, natural, untreated sapphires carry the highest premium, with mildly heat treated stones considered acceptable when the treatment is disclosed, and filled or healed sapphires retaining little value. Learn more at: Sapphire Gemstone Treatments.