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Selling Your Fine Jewelry and Diamonds

There are many reasons for deciding to sell your unwanted diamonds and fine jewelry. You may be seeking emotional release from a broken relationship, needing emergency cash, purchasing or remodeling your home, or updating your jewelry for something more fashionable.

What Is It Worth?

After you decide to sell your fine jewelry, the first question is: What is it worth? Quite simply, your jewelry is worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. But there is a difference between appraised value and market value. Most appraisals are not a valid indicator of the worth of your jewelry or diamonds. You may only get between 10% and 20% of the appraised value. An appraisal can be issued for different reasons. Sometimes, a high appraisal is used as a marketing tool by a retailer who wants his customer to believe he got a great deal. Insurance companies also don’t mind inflated appraisals, because the premiums customers pay are based on the submitted value. If you want an accurate assessment of your diamond or jewelry’s value, have it appraised by an independent appraiser who has no interest in it. When it comes to diamonds, often appraisals are not accurate as to the color and clarity. There are no industry guidelines, standards or government regulations as to the accuracy required for describing jewelry or its value.

Diamond Grading Certificates

If your diamond came with a certificate from the GIA, the Gemological Institute of America, you will be able to get a valid offer over the phone or emailed to you. There are other diamond grading labs, but GIA is consistently the most accurate. If you are selling a diamond that is probably worth more than $5000 and you have two weeks time, you might consider having your diamond certified by the GIA.

Sell Jewelry Quickly

So where do you go if you want to sell your jewelry or diamonds quickly?

Friends

You might first talk to your friends or relatives, and see if anyone is interested in purchasing your jewelry. However, it is not likely you will find a buyer this way, and you may create tension in your friendship by disputing the jewelry’s value.

Ad in the Local Paper

You might also think of placing an advertisement in your local newspaper. Because of the limited number of potential buyers, it may be difficult to find a qualified purchaser willing to give you full market value.

Pawnshops

The absolute worst place to sell jewelry is a pawnshop. They are in the money loaning business, and they buy all kinds of junk. You will be offered ten cents on the dollar if you are lucky. Pawnshops are usually located in less than desirable neighborhoods, so you may need to be concerned for your safety.

Retail Jewelry Stores

In most areas companies that purchase or take jewelry on consignment from the public are required to be licensed and regulated by the state and often local law enforcement agencies.

However, retail jewelry stores have diamonds given to them on consignment from large diamond dealers. If they purchase your diamond, they will have to lay out their own cash, so they will offer considerably less to purchase it out right.

On Line Diamond and Fine Jewelry Buyers

If you look on the Internet, you will find a number of companies offering to buy your gold, fine jewelry, quality watches, and diamonds online. You can contact these companies by telephone or email. They can provide you with a tentative offer based on the information you provide. Once the company receives and evaluates your jewelry you are contacted with a firm offer. WARNING some of these firms will offer you a unrealistic high price to get you to send them your jewelry and they contact you with a significantly lower price.

There is always a potential for loss when sending expensive items. If you choose one of these companies, find out which carrier they use and if the item will be fully insured. The US Postal Service is probably your best choice as they are self insured and your jewelry is not insured by a third party.

Usually sellers choose an online jewelry buying company for convenience. It means you don’t have to go anywhere. But often customers are disappointed when they hear how little money they will receive. By then they have already sent the item, and may figure it is not worth the trouble to pay to have it returned to them.

Questions to ask on line buyers

o How long have you been in business?

o Do you have a showroom or office that i can bring my items to?

o Are you Better Business complaint free?

o Are you licensed?

o Are you in compliance with state and federal laws and guidelines?

On Line Auctions

In addition to online gold and jewelry buying companies, there are also the Internet auction sites, such as eBay and craigslist.org. On these sites, you can post the jewelry items you have for sale, and potential buyers will respond with offers. On Internet auction sites you will encounter a lot of people looking for a bargain, and possibly even scammers and criminals. Because you are dealing with individual buyers, not a reputable company, you are at risk for loss. If you do decide to sell through one of these sites, make sure to protect yourself as much as possible by meeting your buyer in a safe public such as your bank or Starbucks.

Auction Houses

In addition to online auction sites, there are a number of highly reputable, well-established auction houses that have auctions for fine jewelry, such as Bonhams & Butterfields, Christie’s, and Sotheby’s. Generally these auction houses are only interested in high value items. Bonham & Butterfields will also give you a good idea of your item’s value, before you decide where to sell it. There are not auctions everyday, so you will have to wait awhile for your proceeds. In addition, as the seller you are responsible for the costs associated with selling your jewelry, such as marketing photographs and a commission, and these will reduce your profit. Bonhams & Butterfields will take lower value items to list in their auction catalogues. This does entail a considerable delay in selling your jewelry, however, because they only publish catalogues a few times a year. The advantage to being willing to wait to sell is that you may receive more money.

Your Best Option

There are advantages to selling your jewelry quickly: cash in your pocket immediately and removing emotional attachments rapidly. But how do you ensure confidentiality, no scam artists, and no security risks? Your best option may be a reputable diamond and jewelry buyers with an established place of business, such as The San Francisco Diamond Exchange. When you deal with us, you may rest assured that you are dealing with a fully licensed diamond and jewelry professional. This provides you with the ultimate security. When choosing a diamond purchaser, you may want to find out if you can walk in with your jewelry, or if your have to send it by mail. Obviously, it is more secure if you do not have to use a delivery service.

Feng Shui Jewelry and Bling

I love to accessorize. Whether adding a decorative pillow to my living room sofa or a pendant to a necklace, accessories are what complete the “look” for me. Luckily, my fondness for accessories and Feng Shui go hand-in-hand. Here is what I mean. Normally, Feng Shui principles are applied to your home, garden, office, and even your car. But not much is said about how these principles — one of seeking good Chi, attracting a mate, getting a promotion at work, and so on — can be carried around with you. That’s too bad because Feng Shui can be made portable. The best way to attract the good Chi as you go about town is to sport Feng Shui jewelry and bling.

The kinds of jewelry, bling, or accessories that I am referring to include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, watches, key-chains, and even cell phone dangles. So what types of pieces should you choose to promote good Chi? A good way to choose the right piece Feng Shui jewelry would be to consider the color.

Colors in Feng Shui correspond to the elements earth, fire, metal, water, and wood. In terms of jewelry and bling, wearing yellow encourages steady relationships because yellow is associated with the earth element. If you want greater recognition and career growth, choose the colors red or purple. These two colors are associated with the high energy fire element.

For those of you who are interested in keeping mentally sharp and seeking clarity of thought, try wearing white jewelry. You could also accessorize with gray colored bling. These are the colors of the metal element.

If you want calm, wear blue or black jewelry. Blue and black are associated with the water element. Finally, those wanting good health should wear brown or green jewelry and/or bling. These two colors are tied with the wood element.

Here is some bonus advice on how to prime your jewelry before you wear them. Take special note, especially if you are going to accessorize with crystals — either as bling or Feng Shui jewelry. The first thing you need to do when you first acquire the crystal jewelry is to wash it. Yes, you need to wash it. This is because crystals hold residual energies from the previous holder. You want to discharge that energy before you use the jewelry. You never know what type of energy was left over from the previous owner.

Jewelry and Your Character

Jewelry decoration can show your feature and your favor. It was said by the famous psychology doctor in New York, USA. This conclusion is more apt to women.

There are many decoration to wear, golden jewelry, silver jewelry, traditional jewelry, artwork jewelry or even artificial jewelry. We can’t calculate them one by one, but jewelry is always the jewelry for decoration. Let us choose some and analyse them, to see which feature you are.

Golden jewelry is always the most shining jewelry, most people aspire after it. It do not stand the person is showing off. The person wearing full golden ring, golden earrings, golden bracelet and golden necklace are always the confident man, who are open and sociable. But if wearing little golden jewelry such as only one pair of golden earrings, or only one piece of necklace, or only one piece of golden watch, it shows that the person has high level to appreciate nice things, who is not outgoing and has good habit of itself.

Silver jewelry is little pregnant than golden jewelry. It shows a calm impression to people. So the person wearing silver jewelry are always the orderly man, who like to do everything as they arranged before. This kind of person do not like to make surprise but follow the rules everyday. It may be a little boring to someone, but for them, it is the best way to accept. If you want to change them, it will make you hard without result.
Heirloom jewelry is singularly wore at present, people cherish them, or collect them for some special meanings in their lives. Some women like to wear the heirloom jewelry, though it is just the old bracelet, old style of earrings and ring, or one piece of old brooch, even one pair of old cuff decoration. They do not buy the modern jewelry and not wear the fashionable clothes or jewelry at all. This kind of person is really the best ones, who are devoted all themselves to the family without any complaint. They also are faithful to their family and friends.

Some person like to wear conspicuous jewelry such as those big earrings, big brooch, big colorful artificial jewelry and so on. Actually they are mostly humorous and living without trouble. They also like to show them off during many people, who are very popular and warmhearted with good sociality.

The artwork jewelry is delicate and popular. Some people like to buy the artwork jewelry, while some like to make one by themselves. Each artwork jewelry is unique and special for them. This kind of creative man are certainly successful in the literature, drama or architecture.

Maybe the religion jewelry is hard to see, but most modern people like to wear it as a decoration now. The tiny rood or other religion decoration stands for a deep meaning for some people. This kind of man has high individual quality and is proud of it.

Of course, some people do not like to wear any jewelry. They are reality man and pay more attention to their inner quality, which does not mean they do not have money in hand.

The Perfect Jewelry Organizer

Avoid the hassles and frustrations of looking for the pair of earrings, or any fashion accessory, from the jumbled collection and clear the mess and clutter of mixed up jewelry and accessories in your draws, dressers, tabletops, vanities, pocketbooks, closets, shelves, and many other places you might keep your earrings, bracelets, rings, jewelry and fashion accessories.

There’s a really cool product on the market now that can solve all these issues. It’s a hanging organizer that has transparent pockets on both sides. The individual pouches or pockets are soft to protect even the most delicate jewelry in your collection. The pockets are also see through so you can easily find the pieces you’re looking for when you need them.

Like many of us, we may have experienced an occasion where you are in a hurry to get ready, and your jewelry is all mixed up in a pile, or tangled up with other jewelry in you dresser draw, jewelry box, or storage box. It may even be tangled, and to make things more frustrating, you have to search for that matching piece quickly, and you do not have the time to find it as quickly as you want. It is at these times, that you wished you had a better way to organize your jewelry and wished you had a jewelry organizer, preferably that was a hanging one, with see through pockets so that you do not even have to go through anything, but can just look and get that matching set without any hassle.

Professional organizers recommend that you put a hanging jewelry organizer in your closet or on the back of a door and sort your jewelry and accessories so that each watch, necklace, chain, bracelet and pair of earrings has its own pouch. You may also want to go as far as to organize your items by color or metal type to make it even easier to select the pieces when you’re putting together your outfit to go out for the evening.

These two sided hanging jewelry organizers has 72 individual pockets, including several over size pouches to hold bulkier items. Before you get started on this organizational project, it’s a good idea to figure out how many items you have that you want to place in the organizer so you can buy a second one if needed. Keep in mind that you’ll also want a few leftover pouches for your new jewelry finds.