What other factors may contribute to the value of my diamond jewelry?

When you speak with one of the expert evaluation specialists and jewelry buyers at DeSumma and Wexler, we try to always speak about certain factors that can add value to a piece of diamond jewelry.

To summarize, here are some of the key characteristics that contribute to the value of a diamond:

  • Weight
  • Shape
  • Clarity
  • Color
  • Cut Grade
  • Fluorescence

When deciding to sell diamond jewelry, the condition of the piece is also very important.  As far as diamond rings, including engagement mountings and wedding bands, we look for condition of the prongs, the thickness of the metal, if the rings were previously altered, and the quality of those alterations.  All of these conditional aspects can influence the final value of a ring.

During the jewelry appraisal process, the diamond jewelry buyers at DeSumma and Wexler also discuss the melt value of a piece of diamond and gold jewelry as compared to the value of that same piece as either “estate/vintage” or as a used piece of jewelry on the secondary jewelry market.  This allows us to fully inform the customer so they can make the best decision. 

Designer brands such as Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, David Yurman, and Cartier are often very valuable due to their quality pieces and popularity among consumers.  Some used diamond jewelry will have maker’s marks that will help identify a manufacturer of prominence in regards to vintage or antique jewelry.  When pricing diamonds, designer brands will always hold more value with its original box and paperwork.  The absence of the original box can sometimes devalue a piece of used jewelry.  It is also common for designer pieces to be discontinued, which makes it extremely difficult to find information on that specific piece.  In this case, while we can rarely find information, we will approximate the diamond and gemstone weight.  Having the original paperwork always contributes to the ultimate end value.

Whether a diamond is certified or uncertified can affect a diamond’s value.  Diamonds that are uncertified can be sent to the GIA laboratory for assessment.  

At DeSumma and Wexler, we work hard to use every possible tool at our disposal to maximize the value of your consignment or cash sale diamond.