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Arden Jewelers

Sacramento's expert jewelry buyers

2800 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
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How much is my jewelry worth?

When you are thinking about selling jewelry, this is the first question on your mind. Unfortunately, answering it is not always easy. It’s fairly simple to find the market value for commodity items like electronics or clothing, but jewelry is much more complicated. Different people can place wildly different values on the same piece of jewelry depending on how they are evaluating it, their knowledge of jewelry, and what they intend to do with it.

A great example of this is the classic “cash for gold” offer. I once had a client who sold an engagement ring for $50 to a local “cash for gold” buyer. She actually got a good price for the gold weight of her ring. The only problem was that the buyer paid her $0 for the 1 carat center diamond! The diamond alone was worth $2,500 to $5,000 given its quality. So, how much was her jewelry worth? To a “cash for gold” buyer, it was only worth the gold weight. Of course, we feel her ring was worth much more because we evaluate jewelry as a total piece and not just a number on a scale. But, not everyone is able to accurately evaluate jewelry.

You want the most cash for your jewelry

How can I get the most cash?

The key is to sell to a buyer who 1) has a good use for the jewelry you are selling and 2) has the skills necessary to accurately evaluate it.

First, let’s talk about what it means to have a good use for jewelry. If you are buying a piece of jewelry and your sole intention is to resell it to a refiner for the scrap value of the gold, you really only care about the gold weight. So, like the “cash for gold” buyers we talked about before, the piece is only worth the gold weight to you. On the other hand, if you are known for your collection of reconditioned estate jewelry, you know that you can often resell the complete piece for more than the “scrap” value of the gold. So, you can pay more for it upfront. Finally, if you are buying the piece to wear yourself, it may be worth even more to you, but that will depend on your personal preferences and tastes.

Second, your buyer should have the skills to evaluate the piece of jewelry you are selling. If you are a “cash for gold” buyer, you probably know that the center diamond in an engagement ring can have tremendous value. But, if you are not trained to accurately grade that diamond, you will have to bid cautiously in case it turns out to be a low quality (or fake) diamond and you wind up losing money. It takes years of training and experience to be able to consistently grade diamonds. Beyond the 4 Cs, subtle factors like pavilion angles, fluorescence, and more can drastically impact the value of a diamond (and we haven’t even discussed colored gems like sapphires and emeralds). When you sell to a buyer who has the skills necessary to grade your diamonds and gemstones with confidence, that buyer can pay more for your jewelry because they know exactly what they are buying and how much they can resell it for.

GIA trained gemologist buyers can pay more

Who can I trust to evaluate my jewelry?

Finding a buyer who not only has a good use for your jewelry but also has the skills to evaluate it accurately isn’t always easy. One way to be sure a buyer has the diamond and gem training necessary is to find a gemologist jewelry buyer. GIA is one of the largest and most reputable diamond and gemstone grading organizations in the world. They also train people in the skills they need to identify and grade diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals. It takes a great deal of study and practice, and the final test requires a score of no less than 100% to pass. Once you complete the course and pass the test, you receive your certificate as a GIA trained gemologist.

Of course, knowledge alone doesn’t mean that you will pay the most for jewelry. There are extremely knowledgeable buyers out there who have no qualms about paying nothing for a diamond they know to be highly valuable if they think they can get away with it. That’s why it’s important to find a buyer who has a long standing reputation for honesty and integrity in the community.

At Arden Jewelers, our professional gemologists have been buying jewelry in Sacramento for over 25 years. We built our business on paying the most for jewelry and offering a great selection of refurbished estate jewelry for sale. Even if you’re not ready to sell right now, we would be happy to give you a fair and honest evaluation of your jewelry at no cost. You will get to benefit from the skill and experience of our GIA trained gemologist buyers without any pressure or obligation. We can do this because we know that if you do decide to sell, we can pay the most. We have a great use for your jewelry, we have the ability to accurately evaluate it, and we have a reputation for dealing honestly and fairly with all of our clients. So, come by today for your free value appraisal.

Still not convinced? Checkout the testimonials below to hear from some of our past clients. Or, watch the video above to see how much more we were able to pay KCRA 3 for their jewelry.

John K - Google Review of Arden Jewelers

“Offered highest price / evaluations in the area! I went to three stores before this one. Not one explained what metals where in my jewelry, how many carats / karats were in my jewelry, and how the price was calculated. They did that and more. They were open, honest, and down to earth.”

– John K. (Elk Grove, CA on 6/26/2015)

  • From Yelp.com: I was nervous about selling my gold. I went to a few of the cash for gold places and found some pretty shady! Arden Jewelers is amazing. The Jewelry store is nice place and the gentleman that helped me made me feel entirely comfortable. The gemologist jewelry buyer explained the whole process and he me understand how jewelry gets its value. Plus, they gave me $340 more than any other place offered. These guys are the best. I am so pleased to have found Arden Jewelers.

    Nick from Carmichael
  • I went to the coin show on Saturday. The guy tested my jewelry with Acid and filed the lens off of my charm. When I said "WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?" He said "you are just going to scrap it." I just wanted a price and he ruined my pendant and made it un-wearable. Make sure they won't break your jewelry when you just want a price. Arden Jewelers people are Gemologists and they don't do destructive tests. In other words they won't mess up your jewelry just to give you a price.

    Charles from Sacramento
  • I got this flyer that said there would be gold buyers for 5 days at the Holiday Inn hotel, and that they paid the highest prices. So I brought in my Jewelry and they offered me $300. Arden Jewelers paid me $650. The hotel guys were paying so low because they were just after my gold and were paying nothing for the diamonds!

    Paige from Elk Grove
  • From Yelp.com: I have sold a couple of gold rings and one small diamond ring. I got better money here than I was offered at other shops. They have good measuring and testing equipment. This is important!!!

    Brett from Rancho Cordova
  • My ring had a lovely star sapphire in it. When I took it to another jeweler they told me the stone was fake and offered me $400. So I took it over to Arden Jewelers and they paid $650 which was the highest price by far. They knew the value of the star sapphire and paid me a very fair price in cash. Thanks Arden Jewelers.

    Gertrude from Sacramento
  • I went to a gold party and got offered $160. Arden Jewelers paid me $460. Also at the Gold party I felt shuffled around, but at Arden Jewelers I was treated professionally.

    Kelley from Sacramento
  • Arden Jewelers is AWESOME! They offered me a way better deal than the other place across the street. Understood my story about leaving my deadbeat husband and needing a good amount to hire a divorce attorney. Angelo is the greatest, love him. Best place to sell your jewelry after a divorce.

    Stephanie from Sacramento
  • Dan offered me $250 I went down the street to get a quote from another jeweler and they only offered $175. I came right back to Arden Jewelers. My experience was great! Great service and honest business. Thank you!

    Anna from Sacramento
  • From KCRA A-List: I've never been more impressed by the honesty of a jeweler!

    Jessie from Sacramento

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