Tips for Selling Antique or Estate Jewelry

When it comes to selling antique or estate jewelry, many people have questions about what the first steps are. 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 antique 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 where to start, follow these tips for a hassle-free selling experience that will earn you the most money for your items.

Gather Relevant Information

Once you’ve made the decision that now is the right time to sell your antique jewelry, you’ll need to decide where you want to sell it and how to have it appraised. When taking your item to get appraised, see if you can find the original receipt or any sales papers that accompany the piece. Any original packaging would also be helpful and may increase the final price, especially in the case of fine jewelry with a brand name such as Tiffany & Co. or Cartier. 

Look for Qualified Gemologists

Almost anyone can claim to be an appraiser since there are no state or federal licensing requirements to appraise jewelry. To ensure that your pieces are being thoroughly and properly assessed for a fair price, make sure that you’re trusting your piece of fine jewelry to a buyer with qualified gemologists on staff. Verify that they’re accredited by organizations such as the Gemological Institute of America, the Accredited Gemologists Association, or the American Gem Society. At Watch & Wares, we have a GIA gemologist on our staff at all times to ensure that every piece we handle is assessed properly and assigned a fair value.

Find Reliable Gold and Jewelry Buyers

Research the best places to sell gold jewelry near you, and pay attention to third-party reviews online to ensure that you’re visiting a reputable gold and jewelry buyer. At Watch & Wares, our team has maintained a reliable 5-star rating during our years in business by providing a luxury buying and selling experience to all of our clients. We treat every transaction with the utmost discretion, and we consistently offer some of the highest prices in the area for gold and diamond jewelry.

Whether you’re parting with a beloved family heirloom during hard times or simply selling an inherited collection that isn’t your taste, we’ll ensure that your jewelry selling experience is a pleasant and hassle-free one. Watch & Wares prides itself on providing all visitors with a comfortable in-store experience that will leave you confident in your decision to buy or sell. If you’re ready to sell your antique jewelry today, give us a call at (714) 633-2030 and we’d be happy to schedule an appraisal for you at your earliest convenience.