Below you will find content on the site that is "tagged" with the topic: Consumer Protection. Jewelry is complicated. Whether you're buying your selling, Arden Jewelers has the information you need to make sure you're getting the best possible deal.
How to Spot Fake Tiffany & Co Jewelry
Tiffany & Co. is a brilliant designer that makes some of the most sought after jewelry in the world. Unfortunately, this has led many to create fake or counterfeit Tiffany pieces and then try to sell them as originals. In this short video we’ll go over some of the ways you can tell if a piece of Tiffany & Co. jewelry is genuine or not. Look at any solder joints on the piece. Tiffany’s jewelers are excellent craftsman and you should not be able to readily see a seam or crack... read more »
ABC News Investigates Cash For Gold Operations
ABC News investigates mail away Cash For Gold operations and finds their offers wanting. Potential sellers should be very wary of these companies. Arden Jewelers pays top dollar for your unwanted gold and jewelry in Sacramento. Come by today for a free value appraisal... read more »
Jewelry Solder: What You Should Know
Solder is the unseen “glue” that holds most jewelry together. If you have ever had a ring sized, a chain repaired, or your wedding set joined together, you have very likely seen solder in action. But, what is solder and how is it different than the rest of the metal that makes up your jewelry? What is Solder? To answer this question we first have to understand metal alloys. If you haven’t already, now would be a great time to read our article on gold purity. Now you should know... read more »
What Are Lab Grown Diamonds?
In the simplest terms, lab grown diamonds are diamonds that have been made by people instead of mined out of the earth. If it’s so simple, you might wonder why there’s an entire article below this sentence. The complexity arises from the fact that lots of different terms have been used to describe lab grown diamonds and their cousins, and not everyone uses these terms in the same way. So, let’s begin with some vocabulary. Synthetic. Understanding this term correctly is the key that unlocks this entire question. Synthetic can... read more »
Learn Secret Diamond Buying Skills From a Professional Diamond Buyer
One of the most valuable memories in life is the look of your love when she sees that shining diamond ring on her finger for the first time. If there are any magic moments in life, that is one. Nothing expresses love and commitment like a diamond. This rare natural stone’s history and lore of romance makes all who receive one the center of their universe. A diamond’s beauty energizes the whole person with a light show unique in the gem world. Diamonds are unique, just like the love it... read more »
Understanding the Diamond Buying Game
How would you feel if your favorite soft drink tasted different in every can you drank? You expect a coke to taste like coke everywhere. In business, this is called a commodity. The soda is the same and you can shop based on price or convenience; the product is the same. People like shopping this way. I like it this way. Diamonds are not this way. The four C’s of diamonds are not that old, less than 100 years. Before that system every business and diamond seller had their own system... read more »
How to Sell Your Jewelry
Selling your jewelry is not an everyday experience. We'll help you enjoy the adventure and learn some new skills. We buy gold, diamonds, and jewelry, and we have for some time. Our expert buyers will teach you some tips to get the most for your unwanted jewelry. One very positive side effect of selling jewelry is you will learn how to evaluate jewelry. You will become a very wise jewelry buyer as well as an expert seller... read more »
How to Sell Jewelry on Craigslist
Selling jewelry on Craigslist and other online local classified sites is a great way to get cash for your jewelry, but there are some things that you should consider before you take the plunge into Craigslist selling. Safeguards are critical when selling jewelry through Craigslist First NEVER, NEVER, and NEVER meet an unknown buyer in your house. Personal safety and protection against robbery should be your first priority. Meet the buyer in a public place like a restaurant or shopping mall. If you don’t have a way to meet the... read more »
Selling Back Your Engagement Ring
Many times engagement / wedding rings are people’s most expensive jewelry purchase. Liquidating them takes special care to maximize the return of investment. Selling diamond wedding jewelry to a cash-for-gold company without a specialist gemologist will not yield the best price. A cautionary tale: I had a client take an engagement ring to a jewelry buying events at a local hotel. They offered a fair price for the gold, around $200. But the ring had a $2,000 diamond in it! We paid her $2,200 for the ring. Not all places... read more »
Buy Jewelry with Your iPhone
People have been wearing jewelry for almost as long as there have been people. But, the way we pay for jewelry is constantly changing. Today, we are excited to announce that Arden Jewelers now accepts Apple Pay and other contactless payment methods! Keeping your identify safe and private is a top priority for us. So, we have recently upgraded our card processing equipment to enable industry standard security features. Along with the security upgrade, the new equipment allows us to process Apple Pay, contactless cards, and EMV cards (commonly known... read more »
Warranty Woes and the Value of On-Site Repairs
Chalk this one up to the “It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad” category. We recently had a customer visit the shop to get some repairs done on a piece of jewelry she had purchased at a certain big box store that shall remain nameless. This is a fairly regular occurrence at our shop for two main reasons: We are known locally for having one of the largest and most well-equipped jewelry repair facility in Sacramento, CA. We have invested thousands of dollars in high-end equipment like our... read more »
News 10, Diamond Prices, and Shopping Local
When News 10 interviewed Arden Jewelers' expert gemologist Dan on diamond pricing trends, we were able to explain some of the contributing factors and highlight how customers can take advantage to save money. Believe it or not, shopping at a local jeweler like us can actually save you quite a bit over a big retail chain. We'll explain how... read more »
How Much is My Jewelry Worth?
The question of jewelry value may seem simple at first, but there is quite a bit more to it than you may think. Dive into the differences between intrinsic value, resale value, and appraised value. Learn how to calculate the value of gold based on the current market, discover what goes into the price of a new piece of jewelry, and realize what a jewelry appraisal is really telling you... read more »
ABC News Exposes Mail Away Cash for Gold
We’ve warned you of the dangers of mailing your jewelry away before, and now here’s one more reason to try a local jeweler first. ABC News has done a story on the major Cash for Gold operations that you see advertising on TV. As you will see, their offers are not exactly generous. Arden Jewelers has been buying jewelry in Sacramento, CA for over 20 years. We have a proven track record of being one of the highest bidders in town. Don’t take a risk mailing your gold away only... read more »
Perspective – Is Selling Gold Jewelry on Craigslist Worth it?
We make trade-off decisions every day: “Sleep another 10min and skip breakfast?” “Pay $0.05 more per gallon, or drive across town for cheaper gas?” “Sell my jewelry to a jewelry store, or try to get more on Craigslist?”. So, which one should you chose? Selling your jewelry for retail prices on Craigslist and other online local classified sites can sometimes get you 10-35% more, but you are likely trading off time, convenience, and, maybe most importantly, safety. A quick Google search for Craigslist crimes results in countless scams and news... read more »