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Diamond Heirloom Pin

This diamond pin is hand made, pre 1920, nearly 100 years old....  READ MORE


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Fancy Yellow

This is a fancy yellow oval diamond, set with over 100 smaller diamonds and accented on either side with a pair of matching colorless oval diamonds....  READ MORE


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Petite Platinum

Those two words don't usually go together. You might think platinum is a heavy...  READ MORE


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True Blue Sapphire

It's rare when you see a sapphire ring this beautiful. The sapphire blue in this ring is exceptional.  READ MORE


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How to Make a Big Diamond Look Like a Million

Well, it doesn't hurt to start with a 6 carat diamond that shines like the sun. The trick for a big diamond is to custom make the mounting.  READ MORE


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Selling a Diamond That Nobody Wants

This is what the jeweler says to himself when you show him this ring: I don't need a pear shaped diamond.  READ MORE


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Oval Diamonds are Cheap

This one is 7.00 carats and will cost you over $100,000.00, but if it were round, it would be twice as much for the same quality.  READ MORE


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Tanzanite can be Special..or Not

Really fine Tanzanite is not only hard to find, but expensive! Most Tanzanite doesn't really look that special. It is a pretty violet/blue, but isn't really a rare or expensive stone.  READ MORE


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Design it Yourself

Too many people buy pre-made jewelry from stores that make more money if you buy what they have in their showcase. Resist the temptation. Get exactly what you want.  READ MORE


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Princess Cuts Everywhere

I see this type of diamond engagement ring come into my office all of the time. A gob of princess cut diamonds...what a mess! READ MORE


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Emeralds

Emeralds are a strange yet beautiful gemstone. First things first… Take care of your emeralds. They are a very soft, porous gemstone. READ MORE


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Grandma's Old Bridal Set

You might be hoping to sell Grandma's old bridal set for a lot of money because she always told you it was a really fine diamond and worth a lot of money.  READ MORE


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Very Cool Vintage Hamilton Watch

If you have an old watch laying around from your grandfather's stuff, don't throw it away. Have someone knowledgeable look at it.  READ MORE


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My Diamond Looks Blue

An intriguing phenomenon of some diamonds is that they appear to glow blue under ultraviolet light. This glow is called fluorescence, and lasts only as long as the diamond is exposed to the ultraviolet light.  READ MORE


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GIA Certificate...like money in the bank

Why is this important for you, as a seller of a diamond? Because diamonds that have been certified by the GIA as a certain color and clarity (among many other important factors) are worth more than an appraisal letter from a local jeweler.  READ MORE

 

 

 

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Diamond Bands Sometime Hold Their Value

Sometimes, small diamonds don't hold their value because there is just as much labor to set them as there is to buy the loose diamonds that go in them.  READ MORE

 

 

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Blue Topaz

Look at the beautiful blue topaz to the right. It is set in 14Kt gold and is trimmed with diamonds and another set of blue topaz on the sides, very unusual and very beautiful. Finding a buyer for it is tricky.  READ MORE


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Older Cut Diamonds

I have seen a rash of old European cut diamonds come across my desk lately. They are truly beautiful diamonds, but they don't have the value of the modern brilliant cut. Old European cut diamonds need to be re-cut and polished by a diamond.  READ MORE


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Marquise Diamond Blues

You have a beautiful marquise shaped diamond that you bought in the 80's and everyone tells you it isn't worth much. How come? It was more expensive 30 years ago than it is today.  READ MORE


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Are colored diamonds really expensive?

The short answer to this question is no. In a few rare cases, there are priceless natural fancy colored diamonds, like the blue Hope Diamond (right) at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.  READ MORE


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Cocktail Rings 101

This is the hardest sale for anyone who has tried. Cocktail rings were popular until about 1995, then the product category died, fell off the radar of every jewelry store in the USA.  READ MORE

 

 

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...but I have an appraisal for $5000

You take your diamond ring in to sell to a reputable jeweler and they offer you $900. What a dissapointment! You got a great buy and bought the ring for $2500 and the jeweler gave you 50% off the retail price of $5000. They even gave you an appraisal for $5000.  READ MORE


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Introduction to Selling Your Jewelry

So, you have a diamond ring to sell. How do you get rid of it? How can I prevent someone from taking advantage of me?  READ MORE