FAQ


How Do I Sell My Jewelry?

Read our FAQ's to get more information on selling your jewelry or fine diamond or colored gemstone. When we have strong interest in an item there is no better place to sell your jewelry or diamonds than J.S. Fearnley. Why? I cannot think of another jewelry or diamond buyer in the southeast that has the market reach and clientele of J.S. Fearnley. Dealers buy to sell to their market which for most buyers is their specific area of town. They rarely even have a city wide market little alone a world wide market. Even a place as big as New York city still does not compare with the market reach of J.S. Fearnley. New York is just one of our markets! We not only buy and sell at shows and events in premium locations all over the United States such as New York, Palm Beach, Naples, Las Vegas, and Aspen, to name a few, but also buy and sell throughout Europe and Asia. Travels to England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, The Netherlands, and many other European countries are routine. J.S. Fearnley also exhibits at the biggest jewelry shows in Hong Kong and Singapore where people come from all over the world to buy. It is common for J.S. Fearnley to sell to clients from a dozen or more different country locations at a single show. So you can be assured that, if what you have is special, J.S. Fearnley will know where to market it and pay you top dollar for your piece. This is all you really need to know to make an appointment but for those of you that would like more information there is some valuable advice in the FAQ's below. Steven Fearnley, the owner and founder of J S Fearnley, has tried to share some of his extensive knowledge in this area to help you in your process.

When Should I Sell My Jewelry?

We believe that if you have not worn your jewelry at all in the past two or three years you should seriously consider selling your jewelry or giving it away. Jewelry is to be worn or recycled, not sit in a drawer or safety deposit box. That does not do anybody any good. Assuming you are more interested in selling your jewelry than giving it away contact J.S. Fearnley to make an appointment to get a free evaluation. http://www.jsfearnley.com/contact-us/. Sometimes it is worth considering selling your jewelry if markets have dramatically increased. There have been times in history where metals or fine diamonds and colored gemstones have escalated to three, four and even five times their value in a relatively short period of time. Not all of these increases last as was evident with the gold, silver and diamond boom of 1979. The diamond prices of 1979/1980 have yet to be reached! Also, certain designers will have unusual hikes in interest and prices soar in a short period of time. If you have a piece of jewelry that you are not wearing often and you think it might be of interest in the market contact J.S. Fearnley for a free evaluation. It could be worth more than you think!

How Do I Get Top Dollar For My Jewelry?

Of course you want to sell for as much money as possible but top dollar does not mean selling at a ridiculous amount of money. Selling for top dollar means selling for the most that the piece is worth in a specific market. The transaction needs to be fair and most people are too smart to overpay. Hopefully you have a fabulous piece of iconic jewelry from a major jewelry maker or a very rare colored gemstone. If so, that would fall under rare or special so make an appointment with J.S. Fearnley and I think you will be very pleased with what we can pay you for your jewelry. J.S. Fearnley can actually often pay you more than a consumer in these cases. How? We are experienced and up to date in the different markets around the world because we are actually buying and selling in these markets constantly and know what is sought after and considered special. We know who our buyers and collectors are and who is paying the most. We can promise you if you have a gorgeous 5 carat ruby that is untreated and of Myanmar origin or an early 1900's Cartier diamond bracelet, J. S. Fearnley will pay you far more than any other friend, relative, acquaintance, online buyer, or local professional. Why? Because we have Asian buyers and collectors for items like these that pay much more than any U.S. buyer. This is true for certain jewelry items from other fine jewelry makers of the world like Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, Bulgari, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co, and many more, not just Cartier. If you have an older or exciting piece of jewelry from any of these jewelry makers, or a fine colored gemstone or diamond, do yourself a favor and make sure you allow us the opportunity to pay you more. Most people, however, do not have rare or special jewelry to sell. Normally, if you have a common piece of jewelry or diamond, it is best for you to sell directly to the consumer who is buying the jewelry for themselves. Unfortunately, these buyers are not always that easy to find and they can be expensive to find, difficult to work with, and even dangerous. You may not get as much selling to a fair professional buyer but it is a quick and safe way to sell your jewelry and you will have a much better experience than going to a pawnshop and walk away with more money. And if the jewelry you are selling is common than be realistic. It is best to be logical about what you have and not emotional. If you still have emotion involved with the jewelry or diamond you are considering selling than you should consider NOT selling it! If you have what most people have, you probably have a piece of jewelry that is old enough to be out of style, thus the reason you are not wearing it, but not old enough or rare enough to be special. In this situation you have to accept the fact that you are in the market of selling a second piece of jewelry that is not desirable to the current market. You will not sell for retail prices - not even close. In many cases you cannot expect even a wholesale price. If your item is available in the wholesale market, a market that a professional buyer has ready access to, that dealer is obviously going to pay you less for your used jewelry than he pays his suppliers for brand new jewelry. This only makes sense. If the item is out of style it may not have any resale market right now. We are always amazed at how many people bring items in for sale that they admit no one in the family wants, not even for free, and yet they are surprised when we tell them it is not a sellable piece of jewelry. A lot of jewelry is fashion based which means it is more like buying clothes, handbags, or shoes. It was not an investment. It was bought for the desire of owning the current look and if the look is no longer current there is no longer a desire to wear it. Do not despair though. Unlike your clothes, handbags, or shoes there is still a market value for the metal and gemstones. Hopefully you got just as much enjoyment from wearing the jewelry as you did from your other fashion accessories that you are now giving away or throwing out, and lucky for you, diamonds and gold are worth a whole lot more than cloth and leather! Although selling your jewelry for the metal and gemstone value is not an ideal way to sell your jewelry it sometimes offers you the most money and isn't that what you are trying to do? Sell your jewelry for the most money you can get! It certainly is better than putting your jewelry back in its hiding place where it has been for the last decade or two. We have a favorite saying at J.S. Fearnley and that is that we know exactly how much your jewelry is worth in your drawer - zero! Of course, at J.S. Fearnley we much prefer to pay you a lot of money for a fantastic piece of jewelry but we recognize that is less common than you or I would like it to be. You never know what you have though so let J.S. Fearnley help guide you in your diamond or jewelry selling. You are never obligated to sell and the information is free so you have nothing to lose.

Does J.S. Fearnley Buy Jewelry?

J.S. Fearnley offers a free consultation to help you sell your jewelry, gemstones or diamonds even if it means referring you somewhere else. We are not a retail shop with retail hours so please call to make an appointment to avoid an unnecessary trip. We are in the heart of the affluent area of Buckhead, Atlanta and have safe free parking immediately in front of our shop. We will even escort you in if needed! We buy with immediate payment. Consignment or brokering is an option too and may actually be better for you. We will clearly outline your options allowing you to make an educated decision.

Do I Need Diamond/Gem Reports, Receipts, Boxes, or Appraisals To Sell My Jewelry?

Should I Have A GIA Report For My Diamond Or Gemstone?

In most cases this is not necessary but in some cases it is a very good idea. I would say the higher quality you suspect your diamond or gemstone to be the more likely it is that a gem report is helpful to you in obtaining top dollar. When selling to a professional buyer the gemstone or diamond should be loose and should have the original diamond or gem report associated with it present if you are hoping for the most money. Most people do not have these. We can still purchase diamonds and gemstones without these but with certain stones it is best for you if you have these documents. Do not waste your money on reports from laboratories or jewelry appraisers that do not have world wide recognition AND acceptance. With diamonds, the ONLY laboratory that meets this criteria is the Gemological Institute of American (GIA). In my opinion you are wasting your money using any other laboratory for a diamond report. I do not mean to be disrespectful to the other laboratories because there are some other good ones but when it comes to selling a diamond the GIA is the only one that carries weight. The reason for this is that many other labs frequently grade your diamond better than GIA and yet use the GIA grading system. Wait! You say I can get a better grade somewhere else!? Shouldn't the diamond be worth more if I have a better grade? No, it does not work that way because those grades are not accepted by dealers and they totally disregard them. Once a buyer disregards the report, which they will with any other lab other than GIA, they will grade the diamond themselves and that is usually at a very safe and sometimes unreasonably low assessment especially if you are trying to sell to a dealer that is not a GIA gemologist. At J.S. Fearnley we have three GIA gemologists on staff so your diamond will be graded accurately. With colored gemstones the rules are the same but the laboratories are different and there are more to choose from that are widely accepted. Oddly enough, when it comes to fine colored gemstones, GIA is not in the top three widely accepted laboratories although still widely accepted. The top three most accepted gem report laboratories around the world are the American Gem Lab (AGL), the easiest to access in the United States, and the SSEF and G├╝belin labs in Switzerland. With exceptional colored gemstones you may find that it is prudent to have a gem report from more than one of these labs but in most cases you will not have to worry about this. If you do not have a report, it is OK. In most cases, J.S. Fearnley can buy your diamond or gemstone without a report. In the cases where your diamond or fine gemstone does require a report we can guide you to the best lab options and help you obtain this with no money outlay from your pocket.

How Do I Get Started Selling My Jewelry?

Does J.S. Fearnley Take Jewelry On Consignment?

Does J.S. Fearnley Do Repairs On Jewelry?

Does J.S. Fearnley Offer Appraisals On Jewelry?

How Do I Get My Jewelry To J.S. Fearnley?

How Can I Get A List Of Shows At Which J.S. Fearnley Exhibits?

How Do I Get A Ticket For An Upcoming J.S. Fearnley Show?