Flip to the home and garden channel right now and you're more than likely to land right on a program all about de-cluttering your life. It can be time-consuming, frustrating and sometimes dirty, but the reward is the resulting peace of mind... right? Fortunately there's one spot in your house where de-cluttering can result in much more than just a state of mind...
It's your jewellery box. It might be your top drawer, a container in your bathroom or an ornate little cabinet on your dresser. Open it up. Maybe you have each item carefully polished and sorted, waiting for your next cocktail party or dinner out- good for you! Otherwise, there's a good chance you might be gazing into what looks like a bad episode of "Hoarders": Broken chains littered at the bottom, tangled with single earrings and fashion rings from the '80's. Maybe you'll see that pair of earrings that you can't wear anymore because the metal drives your skin crazy. Perhaps you'll spot a heart-shaped pendant from a past boyfriend, or the engagement ring from your first marriage.
Everyone's jewellery box is different and cleaning it out can often be a very profitable process. Once you've decided which pieces you want to let go of, you'll need to determine how you want to sell them. This first requires an understanding of two basic rules to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
While you can never expect to sell your item for retail or appraisal value, you can make sure you are maximizing your personal gain by approaching the correct secondhand market.
There are four different avenues you can take depending on the quality and condition of your jewellery at the time of sale. It is up to the seller to decide which avenue best suits their needs and to create a realistic expectation of what type of return they are looking for.
While most cities have several resources for the auction or condition, for most people, a trustworthy gold recycling program is usually the most profitable option.
If you're unsure of the best way to sell your items, our professional and experienced staff will also sort through each piece to help you determine which of the four second-hand markets will best suit your needs. We are very honest and upfront when it comes to giving our customers the best advice we can regarding their specific pieces. Because each of our staff are trained by a professional goldsmith and jeweller, they can easily spot a piece in someone's collection that may be worth more when sold in an auction or on consignment.
So, if your jewellery box is beginning to remind you of last night's "Hoarders" episode, why not de-clutter? If it doesn't bring you peace of mind, at least you'll be able to buy your way to serenity!