Yo, Jewelry Buyer, What’s My Jewelry Worth?

Estate JewelryI often get asked what I will pay for jewelry, and to be perfectly honest, this is not a question I can answer without seeing the piece.  This is also a question that gets asked to me at least 50 times a day because my business is not just based in Houston.

Because I buy jewelry from all over the United States and even some overseas I get a lot of calls and inevitably the first question is…

Yo, Jewelry Buyer, what’s my jewelry worth? [Read more...]

Estate Jewelry: Trash or Cash

Estate JewelryWe have all watched the show, Antiques Roadshow, and thought about all the old things hanging around our house and garage, wondering if we could hit the mother lode on any one piece. The same goes for estate jewelry. Whether it’s in pouches and protected or in knots and jumbled in a drawer, you could have a pile of cash or trash

According to Wikipedia, estate jewelry is:

… previously owned jewelry, usually acquired from estates of deceased or living, and private entities. Generally referring to jewelry that is of vintage and/or antique nature. The word “estate” in “estate jewelry” does not refer to jewelry coming from the estate of the deceased. Estate simply means previously owned.

How do you know if what you have is worth any money in the bank or if it is just a pretty bauble to wear and enjoy or give to your daughter or granddaughter to play dress up with?  And, why would you want to know if what you own is worth any money? [Read more...]