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    September 1, 2015
    Time To Sell Jewelry

    When it is Time to Sell Jewelry

    There comes a time when we all begin the de-accessioning process, the letting go of our “stuff,” the term comedian George Carlin used to categorize our belongings, which he poked fun at. During our acquisitive years, we amass, and then suddenly, we just have too much stuff and we seek to divest.

    There are many reasons to let go and move on, in the literal and virtual sense: Life-changing events cause us to rethink both short- and long-term goals and expectations. Suddenly, a retirement home in a warm climate seems far more important than diamond jewelry that hasn’t even been worn in years; after a spouse dies, it may gradually make smart sense to part with a jewelry box filled with precious bijoux, especially when their cash value could help underwrite a college education or raise grandchildren.

    Another reason people part with valuables (or potentially valuable goods) is the motivation to fulfill a different kind of dream—an indulgent vacation in French Polynesia or an adventure in Machu Picchu. Extra cash would come in handy for far-flung and costly journeys. Or, perhaps life goals have been re-prioritized—that retirement home is already a reality, but now it is time to kick back and do other things, and having extra cash on hand could provide that flexibility.

    It might be that the time to move on and relinquish possessions is when tastes have morphed. Any collector who amasses a trove of a particular item, be it sterling silver cigar cutters, vintage slide bracelets, netsuke, or you-name-it, ultimately begins an upward process of refining that collection, seeking out more valuable or more unusual items. Slowly, the less interesting or less important pieces are sold off. To that collector, the” cast-off” items have become less appealing, but to someone else, they may be very valuable.

    In short, “stuff” has different meanings and varying values at disparate points in our lives. Priorities evolve and when that happens, the time to let go has arrived. You may be harboring a tidy sum in that jewelry box, unbeknownst to you, and the only way to know what you have is to take it to an expert for a fair estimate of its worth. (Read our blog post on the various types of estimates)

    Whether your jewels are from prestigious makers like Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Graff, Mauboussin, or “fashion-oriented” names like Verdura, Hemmerle, and Seaman Schepps, or whether they have no provenance at all, but are lovely vintage pieces from another era—Edwardian, Georgian, Art Nouveau, and so on—they are absolutely worth something and it is important to investigate what that something is, so you can make an educated decision about converting the stash to cash.

    Bring your jewelry to us and let our experts give you a fair reading of what you might expect to garner if we buy your jewelry.

    Read the story of one woman who came to see us with a beautiful diamond ring that had sentimental value; she was a little hesitant to part with it, because of that emotional attachment, even though she felt it was time to liquidate that diamond ring for its cash value. As we told her, and will tell you, we always try to best any other offer you get—if you shop around, please return to us, to give us the opportunity to make that better offer. That is precisely what she did and when she returned to us, she told us that we had offered her the top price. However, she was still slightly tentative because of her emotional connection to a ring that had been in the family for years. We offered to make her a replica ring with a dazzling white topaz—and so now she has her (proverbial) cake and she can eat it, too. And no one is the wiser that the “diamond” ring now sports a topaz!

    Contact us or come see us. We know you will not be disappointed.


    We are interested in all kinds of precious jewelry, particularly diamonds of a carat or more. Please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment.

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