Sell Chanel Baroque Jewellery
Once seen, Chanel’s Baroque collection is not quickly forgotten. Designed with an over-the-top éclat that marked Coco Chanel’s own way of wearing haute joaillerie, these extravagant pieces are prized by collectors. However, if you’ve grown tired of the boldness of the Baroque statement, there’s no better time to sell. Read on, as we walk you through the process of determining the value of your jewellery on the secondary market, finding the best buyer, and getting the highest offer when you sell Chanel Baroque jewellery.
Learn the story behind your jewellery and get answers to these questions:
- Where can I sell Chanel Baroque jewellery?
- How much is my Chanel Baroque jewellery worth?
- How do I sell Chanel Baroque jewellery for the most money?
Where Can I Sell Baroque Jewellery?
Statement jewellery—a description that certainly applies to the Baroque collection—is sometimes harder to sell on the secondary market. So, although Chanel collectors avidly seek out big, bold Baroque pieces, the average buyer will offer lower prices: begging the question, how can you connect with professionals who seek out this kind of Chanel haute joaillerie? Read on, as we give you a rundown of your options to sell Chanel Baroque jewellery.
When you set out to sell Chanel Baroque jewellery, you’ll discover that pawn shops may be eager to buy, but won’t give you such great prices. Few have cultivated a customer base for this kind of opulent piece. Most anticipate making a profit from selling to a more specialized dealer or placing the piece at auction. And finally, the reality is that selling at a pawnbrokers is often simply not a luxury experience.
A consignment shop may allow you to set your own price, but you’ll have to hope that a collector spots your piece. That may happen right away. Or it may take years. And don’t forget that, when it sells, the shop will take a percentage of the price.
Likewise, putting your piece up for auction at a traditional auction house is not a speedy process and does not guarantee a sale. Once again, you have to hope that the right buyer spots your piece at the right time. Then you have to count on the auction house taking its cut of your profits. Online auctions vary in format. Some post your piece on their platform and take over the description and photography. Others, like eBay, let you do all the work yourself. However, every one of them will take either a flat fee for listing your piece and/or a percentage of your profit. And you still have to wait.
If you can get to Hatton Garden, London’s diamond district, then you may get several offers in a single afternoon. The downsides: high pressure and haggling (lots of haggling). The advantage: For better or worse, the deal is done and dusted in one day.
However, there is an alternative that’s fast, convenient and brings you a great price: selling to the experts at WP Diamonds. Created in 2012, WP Diamonds is the modern alternative to pawnbrokers and auction houses. We pride ourselves on delivering a professional, reputable, and streamlined service that can take as little as 48 hours. As such, we buy your designer jewellery outright, with no hidden fees or commissions deducted. Our team of in-house luxury experts work with hundreds of customers on a daily basis and we pride ourselves on our unparalleled customer service and excellent customer reviews.
How Much Is My Chanel Baroque Jewellery Worth?
The best way to get a realistic price for your Chanel jewellery is to consult the experts. Most buyers will base their valuation of your Chanel Baroque jewellery on these factors:
- Jewellery Type: Are you selling one of the multicoloured pieces from an earlier collection or one of the current Perles Couture pieces accented by diamonds? Is your piece a ring, necklace, bracelet, or earrings?
- Hallmark and serial number: Chanel engraves a copyright mark, a hallmark, and a five- or six-digit serial number on each piece of fine jewelry. (You’ll usually find these on the inside back a ring’s shank and the underside or edge of other pieces.) You may also see a “750,” indicating that the piece is made of 18K gold. Your buyer will want to know the placement of these marks and the full serial number, which will include a letter in its combination of numbers. If possible, take a photo.
- Gemstones: How many stones does the piece have? What are they? Are they faceted or cabochon? If your piece incorporates pavé diamonds, you don’t have to count the stones, but be sure to specify their total carat weight (you should find that information on the paperwork that came with the jewellery).
- Metal: Is your piece made from yellow or white gold? Is it stamped “750?”
- Size: If you have a ring, what size is it? Because of their shape and the way gemstones are set, some rings in the Baroque collection are tricky to resize. A popular size will be easier to sell.
- Condition: Do the clasps still work correctly? Are any stones missing? If you have a ring, has it been sized or repaired? Did you have it engraved or personalized? If you have earrings, are their removable posts still in place? When your jewellery has minor signs of wear, its value will be stronger. Alternatively, jewellery with significant wear and damage will have a lower value to compensate for the cost of repairs.
- Box and Papers: Do you still have the Chanel box, presentation case, and certificate of authenticity? Are they in good condition? The original packaging in good condition will increase the resale value of your jewellery.
When you’re ready to sell Chanel Baroque jewellery, just complete our online form to get your price quote.
How Do I Sell My Chanel Baroque Jewellery For The Most Money?
- Complete our simple online form.
- Choose to sell online or in person.
- Get paid or have your Chanel Baroque jewellery returned free of charge.
Whether you are looking to sell Chanel Baroque jewellery for cash or store credit, we offer two convenient selling methods:
Sell Online: We will provide you with free, fully insured shipping to send your Chanel Baroque jewellery to our office. When your jewellery arrives, it will be opened on camera and promptly evaluated by our luxury jewellery team. Your client manager will contact you with our final offer and explanation of how we came to that price. You can accept payment by bank transfer, cheque, or store credit for an additional 10 percent. If you refuse our offer, you can always request to have your jewellery returned to you for free.
Sell In Person: We provide appointments at our secure and comfortable offices in Birmingham, London, New York, or Hong Kong. Appointments are typically 30 minutes long, during which you will meet with a member of our evaluation team who will assess and price your jewellery. You are never required to sell your jewellery and your appointment will always be free.
When you sell to the experts at WP Diamonds, you can rest assured that you are getting the highest offers for your Chanel Baroque pieces. Click the button below and find out what price your pieces will bring when you sell Chanel Baroque jewellery to the experts at WP Diamonds.
About Chanel Baroque Jewellery
By the 1990s, Chanel was becoming a victim of its own success. Consumers couldn’t seem to get enough of that linked-C logo, oversized costume jewellery, and quilted handbags. Designer Karl Lagerfeld had been so effective in making Chanel the dominant designer brand that owners Alain and Gerard Wertheimer were getting worried that their label would lose its cachet. Despite aggressive prosecution of counterfeiters, cheap copies of Chanel T-shirts, costume jewellery, and accessories were everywhere. Somehow the Wertheimers would have to come up with a strategy to secure Chanel’s status—one that couldn’t be copied.
The brand began by doubling down on its commitment to métiers d’art. At the same time, Chanel decided to launch a haute joaillerie that would be outrageously luxe and impossible to copy. Enter Lorenz Bäumer, the American-born, Paris-based, bench-trained jeweller who would design its fine jewellery from 1998 until 2007.
Bäumer designed a Baroque Collection that quoted the Chanel style without copying previous designs. Inspired by the bold cuffs that Duke Fulco di Verdura designed for Coco Chanel’s personal wear in the 1930s, he used combinations of colored gemstones identified with Verdura: tourmalines with amethysts, sapphires with citrines. Playing off the costume jewellery produced for Chanel by Maison Goos, he used combinations of cabochons and cushion-cut stones in gypsy settings of thick yellow gold. Earrings were wild swirls of gold studded with multicolored stones. Rings were oversized and dome-shaped. Even simple bangles were studded with two or three kinds of colored gemstones.
As its fine jewellery business became established, Chanel developed an in-house design studio and Bäumer left to design fine jewellery for other luxury marques as well as his own boutique at 19, Place Vendôme (where he would create the tiara for Princess Charlene of Monaco). The Baroque Collection, however, remained part of the line, evolving to use more white gold, diamonds, and pearls, often in pieces that riffed on Chanel’s signature quilting with matelassé-effect jewellery that captured pearls inside grids of diamond stitches. And many of the bigger, bolder pieces in the current collection—most notably those lavish-looking matelassé dome rings—are still based on Bäumer’s designs.