What To Know Before Selling Your Old Jewelry

Whether it’s from the estate of a late family member or from that first mistake years ago, old jewelry can be a fun treasure to run across and cash in on. This is our top five tips for getting the most for your old jewelry.

1. Clean Your Jewelry & Diamonds

Diamonds naturally attract grease. This grease builds up and makes a diamond to look hazy and causes light leakage. When inspecting a diamond, color and clarity or key. When a diamond is hazy and the color is off due to light leakage, it can be interpreted as a lower grade. At Bryant Jewelry Buyers we offer free cleaning on any diamond of value to ensure you get the most money for you diamond jewelry.

2. Diamond & Gemstone Certification Is Not Needed

A diamond or gemstone certification is different than an appraisal. It will give you information about your gemstone or diamond like weight, color, clarity, and cut grade, but will not give you a value. Knowing the four C’s of a diamond or the treatment and origin of a gemstone will tell us all that is needed in valuing your jewelry.

Every lab is different, and the standard used throughout the industry for diamonds is certified by GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Other labs tend to grade diamonds differently and their grades don’t hold up. For example, we recently bought a ring with a report from an infamous grading lab called EGL (European Gemological Laboratory) that stated ring’s diamond was a VS1 clarity and a G color. We explained that this was incorrect, and offered to buy the items as a J/SI1. We sent the ring to be properly graded by GIA, and the diamond indeed came back as a true J/SI1. At Bryant Jewelry Buyers we can evaluate your jewelry and grade it in-house. If you do not have a certification, or if your certification is not up to industry standards we can help!

3. You Do Not Need An Appraisal

Too often we see someone come in with a fresh appraisal that has cost them time and money and does not have realistic value. Most appraisals or done as retail-replacement value. The retail-replacement value will be inflated and a much higher number than the resale value of your jewelry.

First and foremost, this is since the appraisal is an estimate of how much it will cost you to purchase a new replacement for your jewelry, as opposed to selling used jewelry. It’s also due to several factors, such as insurance premiums, market fluctuation, and the fact that the appraisals need to be valid for 10 years, during which the cost of replacing jewelry will increase.

When selling your jewelry for cash, you do not need an appraisal. We can value and appraise your items on the spot and give you a fair offer.

4. Old Does Not Mean Natural When It Comes To Gemstones And Diamonds

Synthetic gemstones have been around since 1877 when Edmond Frémy came up with an effective method for commercial ruby manufacturing by using molten baths of alumina. Testing is required even for old diamonds and jewelry since recently even lab-grown diamonds are being cut to resemble old mine cuts and old euro cut diamonds. Even microscopes and other common jewelry store equipment is not enough to identify lab-grown diamonds.

At Bryant Jewelry Buyers we are able to test colored stones and diamonds in-house. We can tell whether your diamonds are lab-grown or natural using state-of-the-art equipment and diamond testing tools.

5. Don’t Settle For Scrap Prices

One of the biggest differences between our business and gold buyers, coins shops, or pawn shops is that we don’t just buy for gold for its weight – we are actual jewelry buyers. If your jewelry is an estate, vintage, art deco or older, we will pay you more then the value of the gold and diamonds in it. We have paid thousands above material value for estate jewelry, old Tiffany & Co. jewelry, Cartier and many other fine designers. We also will pay well above scrap value for items like cluster rings, line bracelets, and diamond stud earrings. Don’t settle for low payouts – come and see us today for a free valuation.