If you've been given family jewelry or inherited jewelry after a death in the family, you may not always want to keep it. Some items may have sentimental value, but if not, you may wonder what you should do with the jewelry you don't want.
Used jewelry is often called estate jewelry. It can be valuable or not, and it doesn't necessarily have to be vintage or antique. You can often sell estate jewelry if it has value as an artistic piece or because of the gold and jewels it contains. Here are some tips for selling the jewelry.
Get The Jewelry Appraised
It's a good idea to get a professional appraisal for the jewelry since it is difficult to know the worth of the pieces on your own. Once you know if the pieces are valuable, you can decide how you want to go about selling them.
For instance, you may want to keep gold necklaces and bracelets together and sell them to a gold buyer for their worth in gold. You may want to sell artistically designed jewelry to a jewelry shop, collector, or estate jewelry buyer.
Decide How To Sell The Jewelry
Selling in person to a local buyer may be the right choice if that's what makes you the most comfortable. There are jewelry and gold buyers who buy jewelry online that you send through the mail, and that might be a more convenient option for you, especially if you can't find a buyer locally. You might also consider selling some of the pieces online yourself. You might reach a watch collector or an individual who is looking for a unique necklace online.
However, you might not want to put a lot of effort into selling the pieces if they aren't very valuable, so you may even want to give them away as gifts.
Decide The Price You'll Accept
Once you've had the jewelry appraised, you'll want to figure out the lowest price you'll accept. You probably won't get the full amount from an estate jewelry or gold buyer since they'll need to sell the pieces and make a profit. You may need to get multiple offers from local jewelers and pawn shops so you can choose the best offer.
Be sure to clean the pieces without harming them so they can be presented in their best light when you go to sell. Also, find out the history of the pieces, if you can, because that might influence the price you're offered for the jewelry.
Contact a local estate jewelry buyer for more information.