When the time comes to sell your heirloom jewelry you will want to feel comfortable with your decision and have confidence in the advice and price that you receive.
An established estate jewelry buyer is a very logical destination for you to sell jewelry. Research for an estate jewelry buyer with a good reputation and call ahead to see if an appointment is necessary. Bring any reports and/or paperwork and original packaging if you still have it. Most estate jewelry buyers will thoroughly inspect, weigh, test, and measure your pieces. Amongst other things they are looking for are maker’s marks, hallmarks, weight of the piece, number and weights of the stones, quality of the stones and overall workmanship. After a thorough evaluation, an offer to buy the piece or pieces may be tendered. Keep in mind when considering the offer that the buyer has to keep his market for your pieces, the quality and his potential profit in mind when making his offer. One of the biggest advantages to selling jewelry to an estate jewelry buyer is that you can walk out the door that day with money in hand.
Auction houses are another place you can sell jewelry. They will evaluate your pieces and give you an estimate of the range your pieces could go for. At that point you have the option to sell the pieces on consignment. Keep in mind that it is a gamble as to what price your items will actually sell for and you will have to pay a sellers premium. Another thing to remember is that you need to be aware that it can take months to get paid.
Another option is to sell your jewelry on the internet. There are obvious risks to this approach, but as long as you are comfortable it can be a profitable avenue to take. Keep in mind that your listing will need to have as much accurate information as possible about material, quality, period (or age), markings, workmanship, size/length and provenance.
All in all, for the average person who wants to privately sell jewelry, from one to numerous pieces, an estate jewelry buyer is a pleasant and easy way to sell your heirloom and antique jewelry. Also, think about cleaning out your jewelry box and selling those pieces you never wear or for which you no longer have any use. You can use the money from all those broken and no longer wanted pieces of jewelry to buy yourself something special that you really like and will wear.