16 Life Lessons for Being Amazing – Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer

Life LessonsEvery day is a risk when you are running your own business. It doesn’t matter if you are buying diamonds or selling cars, you still have to put yourself out there and make money and support yourself, your family or both. I like to think I am one of those that have made it to the other side, but certainly not without a lot of blood sweat and tears.

I was a high school drop out and a teen father. I went to work and not to college. What I learned I have taught myself. I am a scrapper and there have been times I have been steps away from the streets and times that I have been steps away from millions, and through it all I have learned so many life lessons.

I have raised two sons to adulthood and like to think I have done a good job and my daughter is over halfway there and she is on the right path too. My marriage is strong and my business is doing well. I manage my life and my business the same way, with a firm hand and with a lot of faith in God. I am blessed in so many ways, some of it has been luck and some of it has been skill, but through it all, they are things that I have to say my prayers for every night.

Because I am lucky and blessed, I want to share with you some of what I follow on a daily basis that has gotten me through the good times, the bad times and the everyday times. [Read more...]

Vintage Tiffany & Company – Estate Jewelry of The Month

Vintage Tiffany & CompanyI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love Tiffany & Company.  I don’t just love it to buy, I love it to look at it and I love it to sell.  I think the quality and the craftsmanship of the pieces is spectacular.  Now, I’m not talking about the sterling silver Tiffany & Company that you find today on their website, not that that jewelry isn’t cute, I’m talking about vintage Tiffany & Company.

When you run across a “true” vintage Tiffany & Company piece in your jewelry buying business it is rare.  Especially one that can be worn by all women and worn on a daily basis.  One that isn’t dripping in diamonds and can only be pulled out for special occasions.  I am talking about a vintage Tiffany & Company piece that is truly one of a kind. [Read more...]

How To Protect Your Diamond Investment

Diamond InvestmentIn my last article I wrote about how important a GIA grading report was in pricing a diamond and how it could mean the difference between getting the right price or getting the wrong price for your diamond investment.  I told you a true story of how I deal with diamonds that don’t have reports and can be graded up or down, and I told you how it turned out for the woman involved.

Of course, it doesn’t always turn out in the best interest of the customer.  It’s a fact that there are many diamond buyers out there that are not honest and I understand the fear and trepidation the customer faces when they are talking about their diamond investment, which can turn out to be a lot of money.

At the same time, as the diamond buyer, we also have to protect ourselves from scams.  I’m not saying that all customers are scammers, but it does happen that a customer will try to sell stolen goods and sometimes diamonds that are too good to be true are fake.  So, how do the buyer and the seller both stay protected when they are dealing with the diamond investment? [Read more...]

Yo, Jewelry Buyer, When Should I Sell My Jewelry?

Jewelry BuyerI get asked a lot of questions as a jewelry buyer from the website and contact form before I even sit down with a customer.  There are sometimes many emails, phone calls and text messages before there is ever a face to face meeting.  It’s important that all your questions get asked and answered and you feel comfortable.

But, here is a question that I get asked all the time:

Yo, Jewelry Buyer, when should I sell my jewelry?

This is a tough question to answer and also a very personal question.  But, I think there are some basic guidelines you can follow that can help you when you are trying to decide if you are ready to sell your jewelry. [Read more...]

How Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer Sells Your Jewelry – An Insiders View

JewelrySome or you, or maybe even most of you might not even think of your jewelry once it is sold and your check is cashed, but for those that are interested on the pipeline of what happens once you walk out of the door and Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer owns your jewelry, I thought you might be interested to hear about our process.

I know there are many people who think that I buy a piece of jewelry or a diamond for a low ball price and then turn around and sell it for a 1,000% profit the next day.  If that were true, I would be long retired by now on an island in the Bahamas sipping a Mai Tai on the beach.  If only it were that easy.  [Read more...]