Jewelry and the Art of Selling
Two of the most frequently asked questions we get at the
Online Jewelry Appraisal Center is:
"How do I sell an item of Antique or Estate Jewelry?" or...
"How much should I ask for it?"
Very often people receive an item as a 'Hand Down' or
'Bequest' after someone has passed away. It may or may not be
worth something, or the person 'Just doesn't like it'....
So what to do?
# RULE 1: Take back control.
The Antique Trade in general are a Fine and Trusting lot, but
there are always the 'Shyster' or 'Fagin' characters out
In this case it's not Buyer Beware, but Seller Beware...
Sometimes the Second-Hand Dealers or Pawn Brokers (all of whom
have a great general knowledge on Buying and Selling) may not
QUITE know what your particular item is really worth.
So the first thing to do is get your item appraised and valued
by a qualified gemologist (if there are gemstones involved)
and/or a member of the local Valuers association. Your local,
TRUSTED Jeweler might be both.
It is greatly suggested that the person you obtain a valuation
from, is NOT INVOLVED IN THE PURCHASE OF THE ITEM.
But a further word of advice is given here too...
Let these people know 'WHAT YOU WANT THE VALUATION FOR'.
There are several TYPES of Valuation and all will have a
different price on the bottom line.
Did you want an Insurance valuation?
Did you want to sell the item to a third party?
Did you wish to sell the item through an Auction?
Did you just want to know what it would fetch?
All of these are very valid points, yet all are different.
If you are not sure which applies to your particular
situation, why not check our very helpfull information section on
'TYPES OF VALUATIONS' at the Online Jewelry Appraisal Centre
(address shown below).
If you don't want to go to a great expense, you might take
advantage of the useful 'Do it Yourself' ONLINE Valuation Self
Appraisal Kit. At such a low fee (less than the price of a Big
Mac and Coke) it's money well spent. Indeed, if you just
purchased something on eBay or Yahoo auctions for example, you
might wish to confirm an approximate value by using this easy to
use valuation kit.
The 'walk through' instructions are so easy my 6yr old
Granddaughter completed the form in under ten minutes. (She had
it all wrong of course) but it was under ten minutes.
'Just Kidding...' It couldn't be simpler.
My other Granddaughter (Rachael was eight) did it easy AND
So if you recently bought something from a local Dealer, on
the Market or at the Antique Fair, why not get it checked. What's
the worst that could happen? You blow some loose change - Not
much of a Risk, is it?
At this price it's a Bargain, plus there are many other
advantages to having your Jewelry done at the Online Jewelry
# RULE 2: Pick your Market.
What do we mean by this is:
Are you in a hurry to Cash something in? Do you have the time
to 'Try, Try again...' should something NOT sell the first time
around? What are the costs involved? How about selling something
Auction Houses are a great way to sell your Jewelry, but even
the best of them have costs. Find out BEFORE you sell.
Selling on Consignment is another good method, as you should
get more money from the sale than if you sold it directly to an
Antique Dealer. BUT IT MIGHT TAKE MORE TIME.
Are the Classified Ads in the local paper worth doing?
In our experience... NO! Plus you have the extra security
problem associated with someone coming to your Home to inspect
the goods - 'And Check out all your other stuff too.'
It's just not Worth it...
There are several other SPECIAL REPORTS available through our
eMail-on-Demand subscription box at the website, so please take
some time to visit.
There is a timely warning on Security issues. It's good
advice, plus there is some great tips on Investing in Jewelry,
Insurance guidelines and other notes on selling, Hallmarking tips
etc, and they are being added to all the time.
And the best bit is they are FREE....
Thank you for taking the time to read this special report. If
you thought it interesting, useful or found it helped you in any
way I would appreciate your comments via email at the address
This is my personal email address and I read every comment -
good or bad.
Alternatively: why not pass it on to a friend. I'm sure you
can think of someone who might benefit from this useful
information. Treat it as doing me a big favor. I will certainly
Thank you. As usual....
Take care and watch the road.
David Foard F.G.A.A.
President gemologist/valuer at the Online Jewelry Appraisal
P.S. There are many other complimentary Reports available to
you at our website, or if you haven't yet done so, you may like
to subscribe to our email-on-demand Newsletters - the Antique
Jewelry Guide - full of Hints - Tips - Secrets and Articles in
About The Author
David Foard is retired ("Ha..." he laughs). He is working
harder now than at any time in his life, especially over the 30
years he spent in the Antique Jewelry Trade as a qualified
gemologist and member of the Valuers Council. Now he concentrates
on the three 'R's of 'Reading' Ritin' and re-ritin articles,
courses and producing free reports and information at his
Get all the info now by going to http://www.online-jewelry-appraisals.com
and follow the links at the Online Jewelry Appraisal Center.
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