C Is For Cabochons & Carvings – ABC’s of Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer

Chalcedony Cabochon RingWhen you are a jewelry buyer or even an estate hunter, you run across different cuts and makes of gemstones than just the traditional round, emerald, pear, marquise and oval.  Would you know cabochons or a carving if you saw one? And more importantly, would you know how to care for it or if it is set properly or even made out of the correct type of gem?

Whether you are in the market to buy or to sell, it’s important to be armed with as much information as possible, because an informed consumer is a wise consumer and that consumer makes better buys and even better sales.  Today, I am going to give you all the dirt on cabs or cabochons and carvings as we continue on our journey of the ABC’s of Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer. [Read more...]

B is for Better Business Bureau – ABC’s of Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer

ABC's of Jonathan's Diamond BuyerIf you have jewelry that you are looking to sell or even trade, how do you start your search for a diamond buyer or a jewelry buyer? Do you head to the Internet, thumb through the yellow pages, talk to friends? No matter which route you choose to take to find the perfect person who is going buy your precious goods, it is important that you trust that person before you even allow them to take a look at your jewelry or gold.

Why Should You Trust Your Diamond Buyer?

Better Business BureauThere are several reasons you should trust your diamond buyer, but the most important reason is this.

They are going to be writing you a check for your goods.  What recourse do you have if you go straight to the bank and that check is not good? Okay, so say that happens and you go back to your diamond buyer and he’s gone. The storefront is closed down, or wherever you met him is gone – along with your jewelry. Now what? Call the police and the Better Business Bureau.  But, this person never existed.  And, your jewelry is now gone.  Hopefully you had it insured so you can recoup your losses.

Believe it or not, this happens more times than I care to tell you about.  I have heard about it from clients over and over, and it’s a hard lesson to learn. So, how do you protect yourself? [Read more...]

A is for Appraisals: The ABC’s of Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer

ABC's of Jonathan's Diamond BuyerShould I get appraisals of my jewelry or diamonds before I bring it to you for a quote?

I get asked questions all the time about the process of diamond buying, so I decided to put together the ABC’s of diamond buying for 2013.  Each week I will offer you a tip, making my way through the alphabet. This first week we are going to talk about the letter A, which is for Appraisals. [Read more...]