How Do We Determine the Worth of Your Estate Jewelry Engagement Ring

Whether you have estate jewelry for sale or want to buy estate jewelry engagement rings, the price of the item is undeniably the biggest factor for our clients. Appraisal value and being confident that the value is fair are crucial for a confident transaction, so we always strive to be transparent in our appraisal process. Whether you want to be confident in your sale price or set a budget for buying an engagement ring, here is how we determine the value of estate jewelry engagement rings.

1. Cut

Before you start looking up where to sell gold jewelry for cash, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the cut of your ring’s precious stone. The cut of your diamond is one of the most significant determining factors of your estate jewelry engagement ring’s value. The cut refers to the shape of the stone — round, oval, princess, pear and more.

The cut is such an important factor because it affects other aspects of the ring’s appearance, such as brilliance and symmetry. Shapes such as round brilliant are highly valuable because of their flawless 360º appearance. Cuts are graded as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor, with the grading reflecting directly on the sale price.

2. Color

The stone’s color, or lack thereof, is another crucial factor in pricing your estate jewelry engagement ring. Diamonds can be graded as brown, yellow or colorless, with less color correlating to higher prices.

Diamonds are graded with a letter ranging from D to Z, with the most valuable — and colorless — diamonds receiving a D. Since people want the clearest, most brilliant stones possible, less tinted diamonds receive the highest valuations.


3. Clarity

Similarly, the clarity of your diamond affects its appraisal value. Even the most translucent diamonds can include imperfections that make them less valuable.

Imperfections or inclusions are created when crystals fall into the stone while it’s being formed, affecting the structure of the diamond. Diamond clarity is graded on a 6-point scale ranging from Flawless (FL) to Included (I), with the former being the most valuable.

4. Carat

Carat is one of the most recognizable terms related to diamond pricing. However, many people think that the carat refers to the size of the diamond, when in fact, it refers to the weight of the stone.

Two diamonds of the same carat can appear to be different sizes based on how they’re cut, so it’s important to take this into consideration when browsing estate jewelry engagement rings. It’s also why weight and cut must both be taken into careful consideration during an appraisal.

Here at Watch & Wares, we have curated a team of expert jewelry appraisers and gemologists with decades of experience working with some of the biggest names in the diamond jewelry industry. With over 30 years of business under our belts, Watch & Wares is a name you can trust for estate jewelry engagement ring appraisals.


To find out more about our diamond and jewelry buying services or to receive a free estate jewelry engagement ring estimate, give us a call at (714) 633-2030 or fill out our online contact form today. You can also stop by our Orange, CA location Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We look forward to working with you!