Below you will find blog posts "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.
Arden Jewelers Catches Undisclosed Lab Grown Diamond
One of the things that sets us apart from other jewelers is our team of expert gemologists and full gem lab. In the past, we have talked about how a gemologist jewelry buyer can pay you more and how a gemologist can help you find the perfect diamond. Today, we’re sharing another way our gemologists are looking out for you. We recently received a pair of 3 carat diamonds from a trusted and well known diamond wholesaler. As part of our standard evaluation our head Graduate Gemologist, Angelo tested and... 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 »
Cash for Gold vs. Cash for Jewelry
We hear ads on TV all the time about “CASH for Gold.” We see ads all over the internet offering “CASH for Gold.” Our email inboxes are filled with spam for “CASH for Gold.” But, chances are you don’t have solid gold bricks laying around that you want to convert to cash. You have jewelry for sale. Is there a difference between “Cash for Gold” and “Cash for Jewelry?” Don’t the Cash for Gold companies factor in the diamonds and gemstones? I saw a news report where one of the... read more »
How to Sell Your Jewelry
Selling jewelry is not a skill that comes naturally to most people. There can be a lot of money tied up in old, estate jewelry that is not longer wanted or even broken, but getting it out isn’t always easy and the potential of being taken advantage of is high. To help, I’ve put together an in-depth article on the art of successfully selling jewelry. Here are some of the key points that you shouldn’t try to sell your jewelry without knowing. The determining factors of estate jewelry price are... read more »
The Truth About Synthetic Gems
One of the most intimidating subjects for new comers to the jewelry industry is synthetic gems, so I figured I’d start with a quick explanation of the subject. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote: Man made gems come in many forms. Every thing from simple glass to plastic to high tech chemical tongue twister like gadolinium gallium garnet (also called GGG) and the modern diamond simulant moissanite, a man made silicon carbide. In gemology, any material used to look like a gem is called a simulant. So clear... read more »