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How to Sell My Antique Diamond

In today’s knowledge article, SDJB’s diamond buyers will provide information on antique diamond cuts and answer the question “How can I sell my antique diamond?”. The first step in selling an antique diamond for cash is to make sure that your diamond is really an antique diamond. Is a 65 year old diamond an antique? No, if you are looking to sell a 65 year old loose diamond, this diamond would be considered a vintage diamond.

For a diamond to be an antique, it should be at least 100 years old-which is the age listed in government guidelines for determining antique jewelry. Now that we know how old an antique diamond must be, we can move on to classifying the most popular diamond cuts:

Antique Pointed Diamond: Found frequently in jewelry produced before and during the Georgian period (1714-1837), a pointed cut diamond is also known as a writing cut diamond. This simple antique diamond cut has eight facets (flat sides). If your antique diamond looks like two opposing pyramids, you’ve got a pointed cut diamond.

Antique Table Cut Diamond: Like a pointed cut diamond, the table cut diamond was relatively easy to produce. All the diamond cutter had to do was cut a little less than one half of a point from a pointed cut diamond to produce a flat table on the diamond. This flat diamond table is what was then displayed in the antique jewelry. The table cut diamond was very popular before and during the Georgian period

Antique Rose Cut Diamond: Things started to get a little more complicated with the introduction of the antique rose cut diamond in the 18th century. This more fashionable diamond cut came in two varieties: the single rose cut and the double rose cut. Both types of rose cut diamonds have a flat bottom, but a double rose cut diamond has two horizontal layers of triangular facets arranged symmetrically.

Antique Old Mine Cut Diamond: The complexity of diamond cutting increased with the introduction of antique brilliant cut diamonds like the old mine cut. Popular in 18th century Georgian jewelry and early to mid 19th century Victorian jewelry, an old mine cut diamond has all the facets of the present round brilliant cut diamond. But it does not have the same fire and precision because diamond cutting during this period was done by hand with less advanced tools. An old mine cut diamond usually has a square or cushion shape, rather than a round one, and a high table (flat surface at the top of the diamond). It is also sometimes referred to as a Peruzzi cut diamond, an antique cushion-cut diamond, or a triple-cut diamond.

Antique Old European Cut Diamond: Diamond cutting took another leap forward with the introduction of the Old European Cut diamond in the late 19th century-which was when the Victorian period was about to end and the Art Nouveau and Edwardian eras were getting ready to begin. A true forerunner to the modern brilliant cut diamond, the Old European Cut diamond has 58 facets and a round shape.

While simple antique diamond cuts like pointed cut diamonds and table cut diamonds can often be identified by non-professionals, it probably will be difficult for the average person to identify what type of diamond cut they have or what historical period their diamond is from. Since several antique diamond cuts were produced regularly over hundreds of years, it can be hard even for a professional jeweler to identify the exact age of many antique diamonds.

Before selling an antique diamond, it is a good idea to show your diamond to an estate buyer with proven expertise in antique diamonds and fine jewelry. Evaluating the worth of an antique diamond is much more difficult than appraising the value of a modern brilliant cut diamond or a branded diamond like Hearts on Fire. Your diamond buyer must be able to:

1) Assess how rare your antique diamond is.
2) Assess how well the diamond has been cut in comparison to other antique diamonds which were cut during the same historical period.
3) Assess how unique the antique diamond is in relationship to other diamonds produced during the same period.
4) Assess how much demand there is for your antique diamond (and antique jewelry if applicable) in the worldwide estate jewelry marketplace.

Where to Sell My Antique Diamond

Deciding where to sell an antique diamond therefore isn’t something to be done without investigating the potential buyer’s credentials and reputation. Customers across the United States often choose San Diego Jewelry Buyers (SDJB) as the best place to sell diamonds because we are an established diamond buyer with an A+ rating at the Better Business Bureau. And we have a reputation for purchasing extraordinary diamonds valued into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Head diamond buyer Izhak Abu brings with him an intense knowledge of diamond cutting, having begun his career as a professional diamond cutter. As an international diamond expert and diamond cutter, Izhak can appraise the quality and rarity of antique diamond cuts to a degree that other estate diamond buyers (who lack his training and experience) cannot.

Because of Izhak’s expertise as an international diamond trader and diamond cutter, it becomes evident why so many people sell antique diamonds to SDJB versus selling an antique diamond at an auction house like Christie’s or Sotheby’s.

Selling an antique diamond via an auction house involves uncertainty and months of waiting. However, selling an antique diamond to San Diego Jewelry Buyers means an immediate fair cash offer based on an honest and accurate appraisal of your antique diamond’s value on the estate diamond and jewelry market worldwide.

Want more answers to questions about “How to sell my antique diamond?” Call San Diego Jewelry Buyers toll free at (800) 557-9413 to schedule a free consultation and diamond appraisal.

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