Sell Estate Jewelry
Finding the right buyer to sell your estate jewelry to can be a somewhat challenging experience. The market has complexities and nuances that are best navigated by researching and selecting a reputable and knowledgeable buyer. At WP Diamonds, we make the process as simple as possible and return you market prices with very quick turnaround times. You will also receive payment in 24 hours.
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Sell Estate Jewelry Online Or Via Appointment
Jewelry We Buy
Cufflinks & Dress Studs
Watch Chain Charms & Fobs
Manufacturers We Are Interested In Purchasing Include
Cartier, Tiffany, Asprey, Buccelatti, Boucheron, Bulgari, Caldwell, Chanel, Chaumet, Christopher Dresser, David Webb, Faberge, Fouquet, Garrard, Georg Jensen, Harry Winston, Hector Aguilar, Liberty & Co, Marcus & Co, Oscar Hayman Bros, Seaman Schepps, Schlumberger, Shreve & Co, Shreve Crump & Low, Raymond Yard, Rene Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels
Factors That Determine The Value of Estate Jewelry
Historic period or period significance
Collectability / demand
Sell Vintage Jewelry
Vintage estate jewelry is classified as pieces created within the last 100 years, have an age of 20 years or more and have not been mass-produced. The 1930’s to 1980’s represent the biggest category of items that WP Diamonds normally purchases. Most of the jewelry we purchase is collectible in some manner.
To find out more about selling your vintage jewelry
Sell Antique Jewelry
Antique jewelry items were made over 100 years ago. Again the items we purchase have become collectible in a certain way. The key aspects that govern pricing are rarity, age, provenance and design. We see a huge variety of items on a monthly basis. It’s a fascinating area of the jewelry market and we often come in to contact with exquisite examples made in the USA and often in Europe. WP Diamonds are Antique Jewelry buyers operating nationwide.
Find out more about selling your antique jewelry
Periods of Estate Jewelry In Order Of Importance
Why Choose WP Diamonds?
WP Diamonds is at the very center of the international markets for second-hand jewelry, diamonds and luxury watches. Our team of world-class experts have been in the trade for many years and sold a huge variety of items around the world. We resell items through an extensive network of private clients and expert buyers, and extract value for our clients by shopping for the best value.
So if you are selling an inherited heirloom, your grandmother’s ring or antique jewelry purchased from a fair or store, we can help you.
WP Diamonds is a faster and safer way to get competitive prices for your estate jewelry.
How Do I Sell When I Don't Know What I Have?
It’s very common for our clients to have some or practically no information when they are selling their items. Don’t worry, our experts are here to help. We will research the market for you and help you establish key facts surrounding your item/s so that we may provide you with a quote and final offer. In circumstances like this, photos are a key component. So please attach photos when you click the Get Your Offer button and complete the inquiry form.
How Fast Is The Service?
Whether you choose to schedule an appointment or send your items to us through our secure service, WP Diamonds represents a stress free option when selling estate jewelry of all kinds. You will receive money within 24 hours of accepting our offer or receive a check in your appointment. Either way, our experts and client managers will go out of their way to be informative and helpful.
HOW MUCH WILL I RECEIVE?
We will research each item individually and return as much money to you as possible given the conditions in the domestic and international markets. It’s in our interest to make you a competitive offer.
How It Works
Just like your vintage or antique jewelry, our process is unique. We want to give you the most accurate price and make sure that we insure your estate jewelry for the right amount, so we ask that you fill out an initial valuation form. Don’t worry, if things don’t work out, we send your items back to you insured and free of charge.
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If you accept, payment can be
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Details On The Factors That Determine The Value Of Estate Jewelry
Historic period or period significance:
Certain style periods have always had a mass acceptance and thus are actively traded globally. Other periods have come and gone in favor and prices have done the same in those areas. One might believe that with great age come great value, this is often not the case. An expert with the ability to trade far outside of his or her local area will understand geographical upticks in value and be willing to pay more in lieu of that ability. Alone with style significance, provenance especially historic will add to value.
What is hot globally? Art Deco & Edwardian
An untrained eye might view an Antique or Vintage pieces of jewelry by what is known in the trade as “rocks and metal’. Intrinsic or the raw secondary market value of metal and gemstones is the base of determining price. The premium above the intrinsic value lies in the combination of period style, condition, supply & demand, collectability, rarity provenance, original box & recognized brand or hallmarks
This method provides the lowest value for your heirloom piece of jewelry. We view every items intrinsic value on….
– are the gemstones original to the piece
– are they natural, synthetic or faux
– accepted GIA grading standards & formulas to calculated weights
– internal lab testing as needed
– market & previous auction results & comparisons
– x-ray testing of the metal to verify quality without damaging the item with filing marks & acid testing
The more any item has been gently worn and kept in pristine condition the greater the premium within the confines of the other judgment categories. If an item has been previously restored or a period mounting reset at one time with more modern gemstones the value is greatly depressed.
-Broken or heavily worn prongs
-Chipped or missing gemstones
-Use of lead solder in repair / restoration
-Overly polished removing details
-Redesign or remodeling of original period piece
-Bracelets cut down in length
Collectability / Demand:
As previously mentioned certain period styles have continuously been in demand. Good examples of Art Deco or Edwardian jewelry are highly collectible. While Georgian or arts & craft need to find the right buyer or collector to achieve the best price. To confuse the out outsider even more, Victorian jewelry which spanned a number of decades has its sweet spots as well as low point in value. Not a lot of earring in collectible era survived in pairs and now have premiums with those that do. Rings were generally worn & abused on a day to day basis. Those better collectible period pieces in great condition are few and far between. We would pay a premium for the rarity of pairs of earrings or nicer jewelry in great condition. What’s potentially surprising is that pins / brooches in general don’t carry extra value based on fashion. Even though there are plenty of beautiful ones around.
Rarity is a mix of condition of an item and how often the market comes across such an item combined with the frequency we are asked if we have said items for sale.
Rare items by category:
-Vintage engagement rings in excellent condition
-Bracelets measuring 7 inches long (today’s standard)
Rare By Maker:
Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpel, Boucheron, Fouquet, Rene Lalique, Oscar Hayman, Raymond Yard, David Webb
Introducing Our Director Of Jewelry
We would like to introduce you to Michael Lebowtiz (GG), our Director covering estate jewelry purchasing. Michael is a seasoned veteran of the jewelry industry, with specialized experience in antiques, vintage and the decorative arts. He is affiliated with numerous trade associations and remains an active participant of key industry affairs. He understands all aspects of the estate jewelry world and has an exhaustive list of contacts that are specialists in the various estate periods.
Contact Our Experts
With over 150 years of experience in the jewelry industry, our experts can provide you with a pin point appraisal of your vintage or antique estate jewelry, considering market conditions. Our process is unique and ensures that you get the best price for your estate jewelry in as little time as possible.
Our experts have bought and sold estate jewelry throughout the world.