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How to Get Rid of Old Jewlry

Write By: Valentin Rosca on


Ladies will know the feeling that fuels you when you try to close that jewlry box and notice that you cannot anymore. Jewels piled onto other jewels, an endless flood of accessories that you either liked or bought on instinct and never wore afterwards, those jewels have had their stay in your box for far too long and they need to go. But what exactly should you do with them? It’s not like you can simply throw them away. Some of them are actually good things that you can either keep or use for different purposes. We are going to try to do an overview of your old jewels and sort out what works best for each type of piece you have. In the end, we will make sure that you know exactly what to do with each accessory you have no more need of (and perhaps with those that you still do as well).  



It’s Time to Sort Things Out

Necklace-with-heart-pendantBefore you decide in which way you are going to dispose of the ones that you love no more, it is best to sort out your jewels. The criteria are totally up to you to decide since old jewelry can have different meanings for everyone. Maybe old jewelry is perceived as that old necklace your grandmother gave you when you were 5 and you simply decided that it’s too old and you cannot wear it with anything. For others old jewelry might be that £5 necklace that they bought after they parted with someone whom they fell in love with and now it does nothing more than bring back painful memories. Old jewlry can also be a ring that you bought on instinct because you liked it very much, but you never wore it because you suddenly stopped liking or because you found nothing in your wardrobe to match it with. As you can see, the term can have a wide field of understanding. There are, however, some variables that you should always consider: jewel age, the materials it is comprised of and the gemstone(s) it contains. Each detail studied carefully can give you an idea of how valuable that accessory is and it will help you on your journey to decide whether to dispose of them or not. Needless to say, if you think that you require help in establishing the right value, feel free to ask for it. But make sure that you ask for help in a smart way. You can always rely on your family or on jewelers that you trust. Do not ask grandma how valuable her necklace is because you want to sell it. That will backfire and you might not like it.


Every variable adds value to the jewel in question. If that is a 100 year old necklace that is still in perfect shape it might actually value a lot. Is it also made of gold? Check how many karats it has. If that is a 14K karat 100 year golden chain you might have hit a huge jackpot. Does it also have a diamond, or more diamonds? You got the idea. Every little thing that you can think of and inspect will add to the jewel’s value and this will also give you a clear perspective of whether you want to keep that specific jewel or get rid of it. Then you need to think about how the actual jewel looks and if it fits to your style or not. If the jewel’s design simply does not occur to you as great, it is ok if you want to let it go. After all, who would wear something that they do not like, right? If you do like it, however, the next step is to see whether you can match it with the things that you have in your wardrobe. If it is a valuable piece, you have things to match it with and you are not sure if you should give it away or not, try it at least once. You never know. Maybe that is the difference between a yes and a no. If the wardrobe is not helping at all, though, perhaps that jewel has fulfilled all the time to go criteria.  



Your Get Rid of It Options

Gemstones-bracelet There are quite a few ways in which you can dispose of all unnecessary jewlry. Giving them away is one of them. Ask some of your best friends if they are interested in some jewels that no longer please you. It is a great way for you to create a better connection with those around you and believe us when we tell you that everyone is going to be happy. You are giving away everything you have no need for and they will also have some new jewels to play with, which can only lead to good things. Supposing that your friends are not interested or that you are keen on making some profit out of this entire activity, selling your jewels is always an option. It sort of depends on your luck. Do you have a lot of old jewels that are scrap metal or do you happen to have a few pieces that can sell for some good cash? Either way, you will want to take a look at each piece you want to sell because two things can occur: you can either sell the majority of them for low prices, amounting to something consistent, or you can sell a few select ones and make good money in no time. There is a high probability that you will sell your jewels for good prices at pawn shops, Craiglist, Etsy or Ebay. Trading them in for credit is also a great idea. Supposing that your long-term goal is to buy something that you really like, store credit is always going to be something worth looking forward to. You can also expect to receive more credit than the actual cash over, more in it for you. In time you will lose the oldies and stack up your collection with a few top-notch jewels.


Just remember that this is a patience game. You will not notice the profit in the beginning, but the quality of your jewels will grow significantly in time. Separate the wheat from the chaff. Let’s suppose that you found an interesting piece that baffled you completely. The chain is old, a little bit rusty and looks bad. But that diamond it still has looks perfect. What do you do? Separate them. You should never regret separating two components if there is something that you can get out of doing it. You can do whatever you want with that diamond: keep it as a memory, put it into a locket (if it fits), reforge it into another jewel of your liking or sell it. Nobody says that one piece of jewelry needs to remain exactly as it was before. Making a little profit out of it is always a pus. As for the remaining parts, ask for some advice on whether they are still good or not. You might find that the chain looks bad, but a little polishing could turn it into something that could be sold for a little extra income. Finally, you can always donate the things that you do not like to charity. If you are feeling like it’s time to give something back to the community, this is one great way to do it. All charitable donations are tax deductible, so all thrift shops will be glad to take anything that you have to offer. The pay is not a material one, but you can pat yourself on the back confidently knowing that you helped an organization blossom. It’s not every day that people decide to pursue such acts and when we find those of us who are actually willing to do it, we are totally inspired.  



A Summary of What You Need

Vintage-ringNow that we’ve gone through the criteria and your options, it’s time to wrap everything up so you have it all clean and simple. Start with sorting out your jewels. Know exactly what you are going to keep and what you are going to give away. Always take age, material and gemstones into consideration. Every little detail will give you an overall view of how valuable the jewel is. The older it is, the better. The more precious the metal, the better. Needless to say, the more precious the gemstone, the better. If you are not really sure about how much each part values, ask for help. Do not settle for less. It is your jewelry so you make the rules. You have 5 major choices: give jewels to friends who desire them, sell them, trade them for credit in a shop you have faith in, separate the good pieces from the bad ones or simply give them to charity. Either way, it is entirely up to you. Choose whichever option gives you most satisfaction. You will either end up with more space in your jewelry box, some extra cool pieces or cash.


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