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Antique Jewelry Appraisal

Last updated: February 03, 2020
 Antique Jewelry appraisal
Welcome to Worthy, where every day we unveil the true worth of antique jewelry. If you’re looking for the right company to evaluate and sell antique jewelry on your behalf, you’ve come to the right place. As the premiere online marketplace for pre-owned luxury goods, we pride ourselves on partnering with GIA, the world’s top diamond grading lab, in order to provide complimentary professional gradings on all types of jewelry for our customers.

Should I Get an Antique Jewelry Appraisal?

When looking to sell antique jewelry, the first question that pops up is: “how much is it worth?”. There are several ways to find out your antique jewelry’s value. But not all of them are the right one when selling or financing your antique jewelry is what you’re looking for.

Many people will have their antique jewelry appraised by their local jeweler. But an antique jewelry appraisal won’t provide an absolute value of the item. The appraisal assigns a dollar-value to the antique jewels, and is carried out for a specific purpose, like tax or insurance. That means that the value stated in the appraisal is only valid in that context, only reflecting retail replacement value. Therefore, you should only get your antique jewelry appraised if it is relevant to a specific purpose. For example, if you want to have your antique jewelry insured.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to buy or sell antique diamond jewelry, the best way to go is to have it graded by a gemologist or a gemological institute. A diamond grading is the thorough evaluation of the jewel’s stone and its attributes: carat, cut, color and clarity. The value of your antique jewelry is closely related to the quality of its stones. Ultimately, a grading report is the most transparent, accurate and objective tool you need to determine how the market values your antique diamond jewelry.

Why Trust Worthy for Antique Diamond Jewelry Grading?

At Worthy, we believe antique jewelry is more than just a memento of time gone by, and we treat each evaluation with the dedication it deserves. Our foremost values include trust, transparency, and complete customer satisfaction, and these values are evident in each step of the evaluation process. Our antique diamond jewelry gradings are 100% objective as we are not the ultimate buyer. We also hold a Secondhand Dealer's License issued by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and are highly accredited by the BBB. Those who choose to have their antique jewelry graded with us benefit from our partnership with GIA: The world’s leading diamond grading laboratory that sets the industry standards. At the Gemological Institute of America, evaluations are conducted with exact precision, utilizing the best, most technologically advanced equipment and laboratory facilities. This is the most accurate evaluation available for any antique jewelry item. Worthy handles every antique jewelry evaluation with expert care, allowing you to enjoy peace of mind in the knowledge that your jewelry is fully insured throughout transit and during storage in our ultra-secure facility.

When you have antique jewelry appraised with Worthy, there’s no need for you to wonder whether the appraiser you’ve selected is qualified; and if you’d like to take the extra step of selling your item to a dedicated buyer, we offer jewelry auctions and jewelry consignment sales in which you may determine whether or not to accept the highest offer.

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How Worthy’s Antique Jewelry Appraisal Process Works

Our unique auction process is where the true appraisal ultimately happens. The grading process at Worthy does not end in a monetary estimation. Following the evaluation, the item is photographed and accompanied by a professional sales description to be presented at auction. The value of your antique jewelry is ultimately decided by a large network of professional jewelry buyers rather than a single professional’s opinion. Once an item is made accessible to the network of buyers, they can begin to place bids based on the image and description. This process ensures that you will get the highest fair market value, what your item is really worth in the context of the greater market.

At Worthy, you can get the best deal for your antique jewelry in 5 easy steps:
  1. Describe your antique jewelry and upload a few photos of it. Based on the provided information, we’ll conduct a market value analysis, resulting in a pre-auction estimate.
  2. We’ll provide you with a fully insured FedEx shipping label addressed to our headquarters.
  3. When your antique jewelry arrives we will photograph it and bring it to the GIA laboratory for a professional grading.
  4. The e-Diamond report and professional photos will be made available to you and the buyers interested in bidding on your jewelry.
  5. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch the offers roll in with the live auction viewer. Approve the final bid, and the money is yours!

How do We Get You the Highest Offer for Your Antique Jewelry?

  • Our unique auction platform, complete with highly trained professionals who fairly value your diamond
  • Low overhead, low commision structure
  • Professional cleaning and antique diamond jewelry grading by GIA plus photographs and descriptions tailored to sell your specific item
  • Reputations as experts; the best in our field

Which Types of Antique Jewelry Appraisals are Available?

So long as it is made with precious metal, either with or without precious stones, it is quite likely that we will accept your antique jewelry for full appraisal and subsequent sale if you so desire. Many types of antique jewelry are in high demand, including but not limited to the following:
  • Georgian period jewelry
  • Early Victorian jewelry
  • Mid-Victorian jewelry
  • Late Victorian jewelry
  • Memento Mori jewelry
  • Arts and Crafts Era jewelry
  • Art Deco jewelry
  • Art Nouveau jewelry
  • Edwardian jewelry
  • Retro jewelry
Rare antique jewelry is typically unique, and it’s vital that you work with an expert to obtain a proper antique jewelry appraisal. If you are in doubt about whether your item will qualify for free appraisal by GIA experts, feel free to contact us for quick, straightforward answers.

What Factors Can Affect the Value of Antique Jewelry?

There are many factors which affect the value of vintage and antique jewelry, which is why it is so important to entrust your items only to experts familiar with antique jewelry appraisal.
  • Age
  • Condition
  • Rarity
  • Popularity
Most antique jewelry is valuable. Should you decide to sell yours, you are likely to receive a significant amount of money. Our clients have recently received surprisingly large sums of money at the close of our antique jewelry auctions. If you choose to sell your item, you’ll receive excellent offers with Worthy.

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