Deciding what to keep and what to clear out of your life post-divorce can be an incredibly daunting task. Jewelry tends to carry significant emotional weight and can be difficult to part. However, doing so can...
Is It Ok To Sell Inherited Jewelry?April 12, 2017 - Jewelry Articles
The feeling that we are obligated to watch over and keep certain items that were inherited from a family member or close friend can present a tremendous challenge when attempting to de-clutter your personal space. Unnecessary clutter and excessive items can cause physical and emotional chaos in our lives. While they may signify joyful occasions, inherited jewelry can at times prove to be more of a physical and emotional burden than you may be willing to bear. While the decision regarding how to manage inherited jewelry can be difficult, letting go of these items doesn’t have to be.
Is It Ok To Sell Inherited Jewelry?
The short answer is yes. If you feel comfortable letting go of an inherited item, that is an entirely personal decision that you are entitled to make. Holding on to an item because you feel guilty selling it, is neither logical nor practical. While inherited jewelry can often serve as a physical representation of a relationship, commitment, promise or gratitude; it only makes sense to keep these pieces if they hold an important place in your life. The bottom line is that selling inherited jewelry and putting the money towards your future or something that you feel passionate about, is not something to feel bad about.
If your inherited jewelry is something that you cherish and could never be replaced, then of course do not feel pressured into selling. Jewelry and other adornments have been used for many years to represent connectedness, which may lead you to feel that without an item you will lose your emotional connection to that memory or feeling.
If you are struggling to make this decision, instead of trying to sort out how to handle your inherited jewelry in your mind, using a more deliberate and physical approach can be more effective. See my suggested steps to help you decide if you are ready to sell your inherited jewelry.
How To Sell Inherited Jewelry
First, gather all of your inherited items together and spread them out so you can clearly see each individual piece of jewelry. Once you have all of your pieces handy, divide the items into various piles, based on category. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. should be placed in completely separate areas of your designated sorting space.
Next, closely examine each piece, paying close attention to how it makes you feel. Commit to spending a significant amount of time holding, examining and reflecting on how each individual piece resonates with you. It is often difficult to separate a family member or friend’s feelings about a particular item from your own, especially if it meant a lot to this person. Instead of focusing on how this item made someone else feel, concentrate on how what emotions it brings forth for you today.
As you determine which items to keep, also consider whether you plan to keep these pieces on a short-term basis or over the long haul. If possible, try to limit your long-term pile to only a few key items and be open to re-evaluating your “short-term” inherited jewelry collection periodically.
Once you are clear on which pieces to part with, WP Diamonds can help you avoid the hassle and stress of appraising and selling your jewelry. With an uncomplicated process that can be initiated online, their experts are prepared to assist you with selling your inherited items in the respectful manner with which they should be handled. With an understanding that your time and jewelry are precious, WP Diamonds is committed to facilitating the sale of your jewelry to your satisfaction. Get your quote today.
Finally, as you organize and incorporate your remaining items back into your collection, explore the different ways you plan to wear these items. Whether a piece will be worn everyday, for a particular event or on special occasions, have some fun styling the remaining items with your favorite outfits. You could also consider using the funds from the sale of your inherited jewelry to purchase some new jewelry items that reflect your personal style, sensibility, and preferences.
Letting go of the physical items that our family and friends once wore does not mean that you have to let go of your memories, connection or legacy. Instead of keeping physical reminders, consider finding other ways to honor and celebrate these occasions and individuals. Whether you look through old photo albums, participate in an activity, or travel to a place that your family member or friend spoke of enjoying, doing so may build an even deeper connection than you ever thought possible.