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...]

Estate Jewelry – Pennies, Pounds or Dollars

Estate JewelryWe get people who come in here with bags full of jewelry that have been left behind by loved ones. Sometimes they have hung on to these pieces for years due to nostalgia and sometimes it was due to forgetfulness or pure laziness.  Sometimes people bring things in right away because they have a need that can only be met by liquidating these precious goods immediately.

It doesn’t matter how long it takes the jewelry to end up in one big pile on my desk, what does matter is that you can recognize whether what you have is vintage, retro or trash. I have so many people who are sure that their pile is worth millions, when the truth is, it might be worth pennies, pounds or even dollars.  [Read more...]