Is it necessary to go to NYC to sell your jewelry?
If you want to sell your jewelry….. it is NOT necessary to go to NYC to sell your jewelry or watches or coins.
In order for me to explain my answer to this question, I want to tell you a little about my background.
I personally studied in NYC at the Gemological Institute of America in 1978. The course was 5 days a week for six months. At that time the cost was $1600, it now costs over $20,000. I passed my exams with 100% and became a GIA Certified Graduate Gemologist.
My first job upon graduating was at the world-famous Christie’s Auction House, where I evaluated and appraised diamonds, jewelry, watches, and silver, for auctions. I also helped to open the Christies East Auction gallery which was located on East 67th Street.
Christie’s sent me to London to learn about the auction business. I spent time In the Silver vaults at the Christie’s King Street location, where I studied fakes and forgeries. I also spent time at Christie’s South Kensington, observing auctions in progress and learning how to catalog for auction sales.
After Christie’s, I worked for Spritzer and Fuhrman in NYC, Curacao, Aruba and St Maarten, where I was part of the management team for three and a half years.
My next job was in the heart of NYC on 47th Street for a company named Altman and Wachtler. It was here that I learned how to evaluate and appraise Estate Jewelry, diamonds and watches.
Every day I was asked to estimate diamond weights, color and clarity to provide the buyers with enough information to buy or sell jewelry.
While I was working in NYC I began to purchase jewelry from Estate buyers in NYC and then go on the road as an Estate Buyer. I traveled to Florida, Texas, Colorado, the State of Washington and others (too many to name here).
Just like my Parents I loved estate jewelry so much that I eventually started buying and selling it at antique and estate jewelry shows.
My grandfather was a manufacturing jeweler in NYC. Operating as “Golden Horn” on 47th street, he and my grandmother sold the jewelry he produced in a jewelry exchange on the corner of 47th Street and 6th ave.
My father was a Pharmacist and like me also attended the Gemological Institute of America and studied for the Diamond grading Certification and passed it. My mother and father opened an antique store on Long Island in Valley Stream under the name “Le Cheval Blanc.” Using that store as a base, they traveled from east to west and north to south, buying and selling at Antique shows.
Upon graduating from SUNY Stoney Brook with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, my mother asked me what my plans were. I honestly had no idea so she suggested that I study at the Gemological Institute of America. That is exactly what I did and have not looked back since.
So, to answer your question about whether should go to NYC to sell your jewelry, I would have to give you a resounding NO.
I personally have so much experience working and studying Estate Jewelry, Diamonds and Watches in NYC, and I bring all that experience into my store in East Brunswick, NJ every day.
When Selling your Jewelry, Diamonds, Watches, Coins, Silver Antiques or artwork, remember that we at National Estate, we buy gold, diamonds, jewelry, coins and more, and will never ask you how much you want! It’s unethical to ask.
Come by on any Tuesday for a free evaluation.
Starting Friday this Week, we are having Sterling Silver and Costume Jewelry Blow out Sale!
Our store National Estate Jeweler is located on Route 18 in East Brunswick in NJ Next to the FedEx office. Please feel free to drop in or call us for an appointment.