A Seller’s Guide to All Things Estate Jewelry

When it comes to selling antique or estate jewelry, many people don’t know where to start. Whether you’re selling something with a deep emotional attachment or merely getting rid of a costume piece that you don’t find occasion to wear anymore, parting with a piece of estate jewelry can be a complex process for some, especially those who are selling their jewelry for the first time. If you’ve decided to part with your fine antique or estate jewelry but don’t know what to expect, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about selling estate jewelry.

Understanding the Value of Your Estate Jewelry

Before listing your estate jewelry for sale, it’s important to understand its value. Estate jewelry often holds sentimental value, but always remember that the monetary value of your estate jewelry may be much different. To avoid disappointment and ensure you’re receiving a fair offer for your fine jewelry, make sure you have a full and clear understanding of your estate jewelry’s value before selling.

The best way to quickly learn the value of your estate jewelry is to have it appraised by an expert. A reputable estate jewelry buyer will determine the quality and authenticity of any precious metals or gems in the estate jewelry as well as the piece’s overall condition and desirability. Speak to your appraiser about what your estate jewelry could be worth in specific markets and circumstances. You can even collect appraisals from two or three trusted sources and compare them for an even more comprehensive view of your estate jewelry’s potential value.

How To Find a Trusted Estate Jewelry Buyer

Once you know that you’re ready to sell your estate jewelry and what you’re prepared to sell it for, you’ll need to find the best place to sell gold and jewelry in your area. However, you shouldn’t just Google “buy and sell gold jewelry near me” and choose the first result. 

Do your due diligence when finding an estate jewelry buyer and seller. Check out sites like Yelp and Google to read honest reviews from past customers. Since these third-party sites aren’t controlled by the jewelry store itself, the reviews you find there will be objective and unfiltered. 

Once you’ve found a jewelry repair store with favorable reviews, your next step should be to ensure that they’re knowledgeable, reputable and fair. Consider factors such as how long they’ve been in business, what certifications or licenses they have, and how transparent their appraisal process is. Any honest and trustworthy cash jewelry and loan shop will offer you a free, no-obligation appraisal for your vintage estate jewelry. They should also have a CIA-certified gemologist on staff to accurately appraise any precious stones.

Ensuring a Smooth Transaction When Selling Estate Jewelry

Taking the time to research and find a reputable estate jewelry buyer will go a long way in ensuring that your selling transaction goes smoothly. However, there are additional steps you can take to make sure that the entire process is a quick and pleasant one for all parties involved.

Firstly, it’s important to document your jewelry before selling and organize all relevant documentation. Take detailed photos of all the jewelry pieces you plan to sell and create a detailed inventory list in case anything happens to any of the pieces before the transaction is finalized. You should also include the original receipt, authentication certificates, or other documentation in the sale, if possible. Any original packaging would also be helpful and may increase the final price, especially in the case of fine jewelry with a brand name like Tiffany & Co. or Cartier.

You should also never be afraid to negotiate. Having collected multiple appraisals, you should be confident in your estate jewelry’s value. While you need to be reasonable in your expectations and understand that the jewelry buyer needs to make a profit, don’t be afraid to provide counter offers — but be sure you can explain the reasoning behind those figures.

Lastly, make sure you keep detailed records of all communications, offers, and agreements with the buyer. Records of the transaction will help protect you in case of any disputes after the transaction is in process or completed.

Whether you’re parting with a beloved family heirloom during hard times or simply selling an inherited collection that isn’t your taste, Watch & Wares will ensure that your estate jewelry selling experience is a pleasant and hassle-free one. 

At Watch & Wares, we consistently offer five-star customer service, as reflected in our reputation online and in the local Orange County community. As a family-run business with 30 years of experience, we place transparency, integrity and honesty at the forefront of everything we do. We want to ensure that every visit to Watch & Wares leaves you happy and confident in your selling decision. To find out more about our vintage estate jewelry buying and selling services or receive a free jewelry appraisal, call us at 714-633-2030 or fill out our online contact form today.