My Diamond Looks Blue

The center marquise diamond exposed to a UV light source.
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.\ Fluorescence is caused by the presence...

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. Even if...

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. In this case, I recently purchased this ring from an individual that hardly wore it. It shows...

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. eBay is full of blue topaz sellers,...

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. They...

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. Logic would dictate that if diamonds go up, that a diamond you bought...

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. But in 35 years in the diamond business, I can count on one...

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. People just don't wear cocktail rings anymore. They are pretty,...

...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...

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? These are complex questions with lots of good answers. I answer them every day at work and I hope to help answer them in this blog...