Jewelry is a highly valuable commodity. For centuries, people have sought out rare stones and precious metals. Jewelry has long been both a status symbol and a means of storing wealth.
In today’s market this still continues to be the case. Modern women still very much admire a beautiful ruby bracelet, sapphire necklace or gleaming diamond ring. If you have need of cash or just have pieces that you no long wear, you may wish to sell some of your jewelry.
Before you begin the process, here are some tips to help you get the most money possible for your favorite pieces.
Consider Multiple Sales Outlets
The modern jewelry seller has many venues where they can offer their jewelry for sale. You can offer your items for sale to a locally based jeweler with only one or two shops. Larger jewelry chains also buy jewelry. Jewelry is also widely sold on the internet both in the United States and abroad. Popular outlets include eBay and Amazon Jeweler. All of these sales outlets have advantages. Investigate carefully before committing to any of them. Consider getting multiple offers from various outlets and then deciding which one is best for you.
Have the Items Professionally Cleaned
Before offering your jewelry for sale, first have it professionally cleaned. Some types of cleaning you can do yourself at home. A quick polishing will work wonders on many silver items. If you have experience working with jewelry you can clean more expensive items. If you have no experience in this area, it is best to trust the cleaning to a professional. An improper cleaning can damage the piece and reduce the value. Some items need to be carefully cleaned to avoid damaging the patina. Consult with your local jeweler about whether it is advisable to clean the item in that case. Cleaning most items will help bring out their innate shine and present the item in the best possible light.
Find the Right Buyer
If you are just selling a few items of lesser quality, it is often easy to find buyers. A listing on eBay can do the trick in a week or less. If you are selling high-end pieces, this process may be more difficult, and finding a location to sell a diamond or stone for you might be the better option. You will have only a smaller pool of potential buyers. In that case, it may make sense for a professional to vet the buyer to make sure they can afford to buy it and let them sell it for you for a small commission.
Know the Value Before You Sell
Get the item professionally appraised if necessary. Higher end pieces should have a professional valuation. However, this may not make sense for a piece that isn’t particularly expensive. In that case, to get a generalized sense of the value, look online for similar items. Look at the stones, carat weight and type of piece. In many cases you can easily get a sense of what your cherished bracelet is worth.
All items you intend to sell should be stored properly. Keep them in an area with no moisture and away from sunlight. If you have a safe deposit box, consider storing the items there.
Selling jewelry can be very tricky in today’s market. But with a few simple precautions, you can easily find the right buyer.