If you have antique jewelry in your family or are simply looking to get some cash for no-longer-wanted old jewelry, you have many options. Deciding on which option is best for you depends on your timeframe and your desire to get the best possible price. Here are just a few of your options:
Selling It Online
You can get anything online these days, but when it comes to jewelry it’s important to be cautious. There are a plethora of sites available to sell your wares in the online marketplace (eBay, eBid, Amazon, Craigslist, etc.). While this may not result in a sale as quickly as going to an appraisal expert, you have the advantage of being able to set your own price. The downside is that, without an official appraisal, you may be sitting your price too low or too high.
Selling on Consignment
This may be the best option for those looking to get the best price for their piece of jewelry. If you work with a consignment service that is also an accredited appraiser, such a Fruitcocktail Collectables, you’re in a position to know exactly what your piece of jewelry is worth. And, unlike working with a jewelry store or online marketplace, you’re working with someone who is as invested as you are in getting the best price for it – the higher the price it sells for, the more money they make as well. So you’re working with some as a partner, as opposed to dealing with an adversarial relationship. Here are some tips that will help you get the most for your piece of jewelry:
Be Objective About Your Treasured Pieces
While you may have some sentimental attachments to your antique jewelry, potential buyers most likely won’t. By working with an accredited Appraiser, you will be a realistic understanding of what your piece will fetch on the current market. However, here are some tips to keep yourself objective when considering the sale of a piece of antique jewelry:
- Take a look at the piece and notice any signs of wear
- Look through various fashion magazines and blogs to see if your piece is currently in vogue and may be of interest to the buying public
- Audience matters! The Appraiser will work with you to get your jewelry in front of the right buyers
Learn as Much About Your Antique Jewelry as You Can
Unsure about the history, quality, or value of a piece or piece of jewelry? Get a consultation with a local Appraisal expert to learn more about your item. Once you get all of the information, you can then make a decision on if you would like to sell the piece. Luckily, if you choose to sell consignment you will have an expert in your corner who will know how, when, and where to market your jewelry, to find the highest bidder. Oftentimes, appraisal experts are in the loop with a private network of buyers and may even have someone looking for exactly what you are selling!