I’m not sure if I want to sell my jewelry. Can I come in for a consultation?
Yes, you may make an appointment for a consultation. Verbal appraisals are free, but written appraisals are subject to a fee.
What types of jewelry do we buy?
We specialize in Fine antique, estate, and signed jewelry, large diamonds and gemstones, watches, and precious metals. We also purchase other fine antiques, paintings, and furniture. We do not purchase costume jewelry.
How do we determine the value?
- INTRINSIC VALUE: Diamonds, colored gemstones and precious metals have value based on the size, quality and rarity of the gems and the weight and purity of the gold or platinum. Intrinsic value generally represents the minimum a piece is worth and we generally pay much, much more.
- CRAFTSMANSHIP AND DESIGN Jewelry from the past is executed with many techniques, usually hand fabricated, with great attention to detail. The more unique and intricate the design the higher the value.
- DESIRABILITY Signed jewelry, fine colored stone rings, exquisite examples of period jewelry and larger antique and estate diamond engagement rings are highly prized today. As always, ever changing fashion trends influence the demand for certain periods, materials and gemstones..
- RARITY: Most high-quality antique, vintage and estate jewels are one-of-a-kind. In addition to being individually hand crafted, some antique and estate jewels are made by famous jewelers such as Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels and many others. We happily pay a large premium for fine signed pieces.Often rarity and collectability is predicated solely on the unique character of the piece.
- LARGE DIAMONDS AND GEMS: If large diamonds and gemstones are highlighted in a fine piece of jewelry they make it even more rare and valuable.
- CONDITION: We expect to see some signs of wear on antique and estate jewelry. Jewelry in pristine original condition is rare and commands a premium. Jewelry with apparent alterations, repairs and restoration can be devalued.
Do I need to come in or can I email a picture of the jewelry that I would like to sell?
You may send us an email, but if we are interested, the piece must be examined in person to ensure you are offered the best price.
Do I need to make an appointment or can I just walk-in?
We highly encourage making an appointment prior to coming in: (312) 759-1525 However, we do accept walk-ins.
What kind of documents do I need?
Your GIA or other certificate if you have it and a form of identification. We will also ask you to sign a document confirming that you are the owner of the item.
When I bring in my jewelry, will it be examined in front of me?
Jewelry is always examined in your presence.
Would your company unmount my diamonds for me, or do I have to un-mount them myself?
If necessary, our company may unmount the diamonds for you, but only with your permission.
Once I give you my jewelry, how long does it take to receive payment?
Once we have examined the jewelry and a price has been accepted, payment will be made immediately.
What methods of payment do you offer?
Payment is made by company check or wire transfer.
What is the advantage over auction houses or pawn stores?
Auction houses add many extra costs including insurance and commission. Pawn stores are not experts in estate jewelry and will not compensate you for its true value.
What is the process that takes place once I decide I want to sell the jewelry to your company?
Upon arriving at our offices, you the seller will be shown to a private consultation room, where you will meet a member of our team in complete confidentiality. The item, be it a piece of jewelry, a diamond, or colored stone, will be examined with a variety of gemological instruments. If we are interested in purchasing the piece or stone, we will make you an offer, and if you accept, payment will be made immediately via company check or wire transfer. If we do not wish to purchase the item or believe we are not the best avenue for you, we will try to direct you to the next best avenue.