When it’s time to sell your diamond jewelry, you have a lot of options. Pawnshops, jewelry stores, and independent jewelers all over the world are willing to buy fine jewelry. The hard part isn’t finding a buyer. It’s finding the right buyer.
If you want to be sure you’re getting the absolute best deal, you should always choose a certified gemologist.
But what makes a gemologist an expert, and why should you sell jewelry to one?
What Does a Gemologist Do?
Many jewelers know a lot about diamond jewelry, but few jewelers are certified gemologists.
Certified gemologists have extensively studied gemology (the study of gemstones) at institutions like Gemological Institute of America (GIA), where they can earn a diploma to demonstrate their expertise.
This allows them to identify, grade, and appraise diamonds and other gemstones with the utmost expertise.
Identifying Diamonds & Other Gemstones
It doesn’t take an expert to tell the difference between a diamond and a ruby, but some gemstones are almost identical. Peridot and idocrase look incredibly similar, for example.
A certified gemologist knows how to use special tools to determine a gemstone’s true identity.
Grading Diamonds & Other Gemstones
Gemologists also grade diamonds and other precious stones based on their quality. They typically use the common “4 Cs” approach:
- Carats (weight)
In general, rarer diamonds and gemstones receive a higher grade. So, one that is heavy, well-cut, and clear with a rich hue is considered superior, and will receive a high grade.
A good gemologist takes all of those factors into account when examining a piece of jewelry.
Appraising Diamonds & Other Gemstones
One of the most important things gemologists do is appraise jewelry — they’ll be able to tell you what your item is truly worth.
The best gemologists will consider the maker or designer of the piece, the quality of the materials, and marketplace demand for the item.
Because they know so much about identification and grading, they’ll be able to give you a more accurate appraisal than someone less knowledgeable.
Why Sell Jewelry to a Gemologist?
There’s no doubt that gemologists are the most highly regarded experts in their field, but does that make them the best people to trust with your diamond jewelry?
It is our belief that the most experienced and qualified jewelry buyer is the best one. If you have precious jewelry, you don’t want to let go of it until you feel sure your jewelry buyer has given you a fair offer based on a thorough examination of the piece.
It’s a terrible feeling to sell your jewelry at a low price, only to find out later that it was worth much more.
Working with a competent, trustworthy gemologist takes that worry out of the equation.
What Is Meeting with a Gemologist Like?
Every gemologist has a slightly different process, but meeting with a gemologist from Samuelson’s Buyers is a much different experience than the one you’ll get at your average jewelry store.
When you work with us, we’ll set up an appointment with you at our private, secure office. There you’ll meet one-on-one with one of our expert gemologists, who will walk you through the evaluation and appraisal process so you’ll know exactly how we form our offer. Your jewelry will never leave your sight until and unless you decide you’re ready to sell.
We will make sure you understand the process well enough to determine whether you agree with the offer.
If you agree, you’ll be paid on the spot. If not, know that we will never pressure you to sell.
How to Choose a Gemologist
The best gemologist is the one that instills confidence and makes you feel safe. If you’re ready to meet with a certified diamond jewelry expert, there are a few things you can do to find the best ones in your area:
First, ask family and friends if they have a recommendation. If someone you know has dealt with an experienced, professional buyer, that’s a great place to start. In fact, we get a large share of our business from recommendations.
Next, go online and look up any business you’re considering. Make sure it is accredited and check its Better Business Bureau rating. You can also look at a company’s Google+ page to see unfiltered reviews from past customers.
Remember, just because you meet with a certified gemologist doesn’t mean you’re obligated to sell to them.
If you are looking to sell diamond jewelry in the Washington, D.C. area, we’d love to meet with you to discuss your options. We’re third generation gemologists and we love what we do! We’ll always treat you and your jewelry with the utmost respect, and we’ll never pressure you to sell.
Ready to get an expert evaluation for your jewelry? Contact us to set up a private appointment.