What is Estate Jewelry worth?
The value of estate jewelry is determined by several factors. Estate diamonds should be evaluated and may need to be certified by a trusted source such as the GIA. Some pieces of old or broken gold jewelry may be considered scrap gold. The value of scrap gold is determined by the market price, weight and purity. Collectors and dealers of vintage jewelry are always looking for good fashion and costume pieces. It may look like junk jewelry, but a rare or signed piece can easily be worth hundreds of dollars. The real value comes from rare designer pieces: Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel, and David Yurman pieces are worth much more than the value of the gold or silver. Find a trusted professional to help determine values before you sell.
Is it Scrap Gold?
When a piece of jewelry has reached the end of its life it can be recycled for the value of the metal. It may also pay to have a jeweler look at a piece of antique jewelry before you melt it down. A simple repair could revive and increase the value of a piece.