Posts Tagged 'How to sell diamonds'

Diamond Déjà-vu

Written by Anne Johnson, 
Managing Director at MJ Gabel

Three times last week I felt like I was having déjà-vu. That feeling like you have already been somewhere before, or had a similar conversation but you cannot place it. I quickly realized that it was not déjà-vu but rather I actually was having the same conversation multiple times. They all went something like this:

Anne – “Can you give me an idea of the amount you would like to see out of your diamond?”

Client – “ I did not have an exact figure in mind, but I know what the diamond is worth because of what I paid for it, and it was appraised for even more than that.”

This seems to be one of the most common conversations I have with clients and where I happily began to give all three clients an insight into the diamond market.

If you were to sell your current vehicle, what would you do to determine what price to ask for it? Would you just go by what you paid for it, take 50% off that price and hope for the best? Or would you do some research into what a realistic number would be to be competitive in the market?

Most would use the prices of other cars for sale locally as a guide as well as looking at the Kelly Blue Book value to find an estimate.  The problem with re-selling a diamond is that while there is a similar reference guide to the Kelly Blue Book for diamonds, it is not available to the public. This leaves only two numbers that consumers know about their pieces; the price they paid for it, and how much the piece was appraised for.

The problem with both of those numbers is that they are retail values. An appraisal value is only reflective of what the diamond is worth in a retail environment and NOT representative of what an individual could assume to sell the piece for. Moreover, as discussed in previous posts, the retail value of a diamond includes all of the jewelers mark-ups, and profit but when you go to sell that diamond, you are only working with the value of the stone itself.

So how is someone supposed to know what a realistic asking price for his or her diamond would be? The simple answer is to call MJ Gabel and speak to one of our representatives who will happily consult with you FREE OF CHARGE!

In order to get a feel for what similar pieces are currently priced and and to start to become familiar with the resale marketplace; here are some observations.

Number one: Go to Bluenile.com and find a diamond similar to the one you own by using their diamond search. Blue Nile is the largest e-retailer of certified diamonds. Their price points are lower than any brick and mortar jeweler, and only slightly higher than wholesale prices. This would be the equivalent of finding out what car dealers are asking for your car.

A good starting asking price for your diamond would be about 30% below the BlueNile price. This is because although BlueNile prices are less than those of your local jeweler, they are still retail prices.

Number two: Look at what other people are trying to sell their similar diamonds for on places like Craigslist – Check out your competition!

I speak with many clients who have already gone to a local jeweler only to find that the jeweler is uninterested in purchasing the diamond, will only give the client a trade value towards new jewelry or whose cash offer is insultingly low. On the other hand, on more than one occasion I have had this conversation:

Client: “My jeweler told me my diamond was worth XYZ”

Anne: “Is XYZ what the jeweler offered to purchase the diamond from you for?”

Client: “No, they do not buy back diamonds.”

As discussed in previous Blogs, the reason why many jewelers choose not to buy diamonds back from the public is because they would have to disclose their own mark-ups. Consider this in light of the numbers jewelers throw around; they are in the business of selling jewelry and are the ones who made between 200-400% profit on the original sale of your diamond. Therefore, unless the price they quote you is what they will actually purchase the diamond for, it is irrelevant. Always make sure they are specific, that the price is a cash offer and that it is:

NOT what they think you can sell the diamond for

NOT what they would sell the diamond for

NOT what they would appraise the diamond for

Diamonds are forever may be true; regardless of what the jeweler may lead you to believe, diamonds are not a good investment. Unfortunately you may never be able to recoup the full amount you paid for the diamond. In order to get the most back from your diamond, do your research. Know not only what you have, but also what a realistic amount to expect is going to be. Consultations and answers to questions are ALWAYS available at MJ Gabel.  It will only cost you the time it takes for a phone conversation, or to type an email to obtain information that could mean the difference of thousands of dollars in your pocket. MJ Gabel is always available to help clients navigate the diamond industry, and to recoup the maximum amount from the sale of their diamond.

If you are unaware of what your diamonds characteristics are, contact MJ Gabel and take advantage of a free diamond evaluation.

www.MJGabel.com

800-804-1980

 

The Power of the Diamond Consult

The Power of the Diamond Consult

Written by Anne Johnson, 
Managing Director at MJ Gabel

In a busy season that has been filled with client appointments, phone consultations, and auctions this past week has stuck out above all others. I had two appointments this week that resulted in some reflection and a new drive that I feel is important to share!

As I entered this business, I thought I would be putting my bachelor’s degree in social work into my bag of tricks, but not really ever using it – I was quickly proven wrong! I realized quickly that having my social work degree only helped me interact on a daily basis with my clients.

As a diamond buyer, buying from the public, I often only get the opportunity to speak with clients who are going through some life-changing event. Sometimes they are upgrading a diamond for an anniversary but more often than not their visit tends to be a result of  a broken relationship, divorce, or financial difficulties. It has always been apparent to me that most clients are not only trying to navigate the difficult waters of selling their diamond, but also trying to keep their head above water while dealing with all of the emotional turmoil the sale of that diamond can represent. Keep in mind that most diamonds represent an emotion, and were given at a time of great happiness and love.

What pains me, is when those difficulties are compounded by the fact that a client was given inaccurate information from their jeweler about their diamond. Small variations in the way a jeweler graded a diamond all the way to how much a jeweler inflated a diamond’s value are not uncommon occurrences in my daily discussions with clients. What struck me about my two clients this week was that although the circumstances were different the extent to which the information I provided affected them the same way.

One of the cases was a former client who had come to the difficult decision to sell another diamond that she had been reluctant to part with. She returned to work with me again because I had been able to give her more for the sale of her original diamond then she had been offered by others. Upon viewing the current stone in question however, I quickly realized it had been clarity enhanced.

A clarity enhanced diamond is one that has been laser drilled and then either filled with a compound, or bleached in an attempt to diminish the inferior clarity characteristics it displays. Since part of a diamond’s value is based entirely on the fact that it is natural, once altered, much of the diamond’s value has all but disappeared.

As many of you can appreciate, my client was devastated when I showed her and explained what this meant to the diamond’s value. What bothered her and myself the most was the fact that the jeweler she had purchased the diamond from had not disclosed this information to her at the time of the sale.  She graciously thanked me for letting her know the truth, and was going to attempt some recourse with the jeweler. She left knowing that we were available as an alternative, and that we would happily assist her in selling the diamond specifically to buyers who work with clarity enhanced stones.

The second occasion was a new client who was a single parent selling the ring to pay for a down payment on her new home. A local jewelers had appraised the diamond as a Round Brilliant SI1, G-H diamond and valued it as $21,000.  Upon grading the diamond in our lab, I determined that is was truly a VS1 (two clarity grades better), and a K (three color grades below) color. While the clarity grade was actually better than reported, the color ended up hurting the value of the diamond. I showed her how I came to my conclusion, and her response turned out to be one of relief.

While disappointed with the truth, she was glad to know what she had and happy that she had not sold the diamond privately. She felt she would have been devastated if she had sold it to someone under the false pretense of a poor appraisal only to have them return unhappy and wanting their money back.

It occurred to me that while I take great pride in our company’s ability to retrieve the highest amount possible for a client’s diamond, I also strongly believe in our consulting services.  In both cases, while the truth can be disappointing to hear, both clients were grateful and appreciative in knowing that we had taken the time to view their diamond and to report the truth back to them. Both clients now know what they have, as well as all of their options for selling their pieces.

I, or any of our representatives, will happily take the time to not only evaluate your diamond FREE OF CHARGE, but also discuss ALL options available to you should you decide to sell it. Even if a client does not use our services immediately and attempts to sell their diamond privately only to return to us at a later date, it is still time well spent.

My job is not only to help you to get the most out of the sale of your diamond, but also to provide the information you need to make an informed decision. As long as I, or any of us at MJ Gabel, can help make this moment in time a little easier, it is worth our time.

If you are unaware of what your diamonds characteristics are, contact MJ Gabel and take advantage of a free diamond evaluation.

www.MJGabel.com

800-804-1980

When a Diamond Isn’t Forever

MJ Gabel specializes in personal attention. We are a family owned and operated business that specializes in appraising, purchasing, and evaluating loose or mounted diamonds. MJ Gabel believes in the importance of being simple, the beauty of uniqueness, and the details of the process.

Our diamond obsession has shed light on two other additional, yet equally important crushes;
1) working with clients so they understand the process of selling their diamond and 
2) the personal connection involved in the process, and the customer feeling valued

In a world full of big-box, all the glitters, and fast cash promotions, MJ Gabel dares to hold true to a slower, simpler pace of doing business. This pace values the importance of educating the consumer and the human connection involved in your diamond.

Our company provides a service that can be brought directly to you, in the comfort of your own home, one of our offices, or by securely sending us your diamond. We offer the opportunity to help make you an informed decision when it comes to selling your diamond.

We understand the value of your pieces, and respect the importance of feeling valued as a customer. It can be intimidating to bring valued family heirlooms, treasures rings, or anything of significance to a commercial location to have someone behind a counter discuss their worth. When working with MJ Gabel, the consumer is educated every step of the way and each diamond is looked at with great care, and evaluated for its highest value.

If you are looking for an inclusive experience when selling a diamond, you have come to the right place. Let us show you that you can sell with confidence without leaving wondering, “Did I do the right thing?”

Fancy Cut Diamonds: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Fancy Cut Diamonds: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Written by Anne Johnson, Managing Director at MJ Gabel

It seems that everywhere one turns there are new colors your supposed to wear this summer, the hottest shoes seen in store everywhere, right down to the newest engagement ring design Angelina Jolie is sporting. When it comes down to it though, these products only carry value if someone finds them appealing. The same bright orange shirt that looks amazing on one person may make another look like a pumpkin.

The same game applies to Fancy cut diamonds, or “fancies”. A fancy cut diamond is any shape other than a round brilliant and includes popular cuts like princess, marquise, emerald, radiant ect,. Many times jewelers will use Fancy shapes as an alternative to a round brilliant if the buyer is looking for something less traditional. Fancy cuts have their own unique beauty, and often carry eye-catching appeal to many. However, the same individual who prefers a pear shaped diamond may not like the look of a radiant cut. This is where fancies start to get tricky.

Since round brilliant cut diamonds have traditionally been the most sought after, recognized, and methodically cut they hold a much higher value than fancies. There are specific industry standards, and agreements in regards to what measurements, angles, and proportions produce the most brilliant rounds. Factors used to evaluate and assess round brilliants are quite precise, however with fancy cuts there are many more variations to keep in mind.

When someone grades a fancy cut they look at the same types of things they do for rounds- color, clarity, symmetry ect. However, unlike rounds there is no universal agreement about what makes a specific fancy cut beautiful: it is a matter of personal taste. For example, an emerald cut that is an elongated rectangle may appear too narrow and long for one individual, but elegant and slender to another.

The beautiful individuality that is associated with fancy cuts is also what can make them a challenge to sell. The ever changing past and present trends of the jewelry industry can also pose a challenge to a seller of a fancy cut. For example, marquise cut diamonds became quite popular in the 1970’s and while still available, their popularity and demand has declined, impacting their re-sale value.

If you have a fancy cut you are trying to sell, it is important to keep in mind that while the beauty of the fancy cut diamond is obvious to you, there may be difficulty in finding someone who feels the same; pricing the diamond appropriately can help. This can also lead to a long waiting game, which ultimately could never result in a sale. Often times our clients find it better to re-circulate their fancy cut stones directly back into the market rather than waiting for the perfect private buyer to come along.

While Angelina Jolie may adore the emerald cut diamond that now adorns her finger, others may look at it with distaste. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and nothing is more apparent than with fancy cut diamonds. Trends within the diamond industry will continue to change with the times; the only trend that has and will not receded is the beauty, elegance, sophistication, and desire of a diamond.

MJ Gabel

www.mjgabel.com

800-804-1980

Selling a Fancy Cut Diamond

Knowing your product can spare one broken dreams


Knowing your product can spare one broken dreams

Written by Anne Johnson, Managing Director at MJ Gabel

When it comes to selling something, whether it’s a complex electronic or a chocolate chip muffin, it is critical to know what you’ve got. If you were at a local bake sale and asked if the chocolate chip muffins had nuts in them, and the baker replied, “I don’t know”, you likely would not take the dive to check yourself, especially if you had a nut allergy! Let’s say the baker said that there are no nuts, but you looked at the price and each muffin was $15- you would ask yourself where this baker parked their spaceship. In order to sell something properly, you not only need to have an idea of what your selling, but also need to ask an appropriate price that is reflective to what a buyer will pay. While diamonds are more complex than muffins, these same guidelines hold firm.

As discussed in previous posts, diamonds are more complex than just being a stone. Each diamond is unique, and commands it’s own value based on it’s carat weight, color, clarity, and shape. When selling a diamond, whether it is loose or mounted, it is important to know these four characteristics. Without these it would be nearly impossible to know how much you could sell your diamond for.

So how do you know what you have? Well, if your diamond is certified you will find LOADS of information listed right on the certification. Be sure to provide not only the four characteristics, but also any other information listed in order to give a potential buyer all the knowledge they need. Now you’re telling them that the muffin not only is nut-free, but also gluten-free and low-fat!

If you have an appraisal that was done on the diamond, you will find almost as much information as you would find on a certification there. Many people may have no paperwork that came with the diamond, or have lost track of it over the years. In this case, it would be important to consult a GIA certified diamond professional, like MJ Gabel, to look at the diamond to give you information on what you have.

When listing the information you have found on your stone, be sure to list where the information came from. This makes it easier for a potential buyer to gage that the information you are providing is reliable and credible.

So now you know what you have, what do you ask for it? This water can be muddier than finding out the characteristics of your diamond. Keep in mind that an appraisal, or certification may have either suggested retail values, or replacement values listed on them. These numbers are not realistic or reflective of what you could expect a private or other buyer to pay for your piece. The best was to know is to start price shopping your diamond on a wholesale level.

BlueNile.com is the leader in non-traditional diamond sales. They sell diamonds to the public close to what a jeweler could buy the same stone for. You can easily do a diamond search based on the information you have discovered about your stone, and automatically see what they are selling the exact same stone for new. Knowing that an individual can buy the same diamond you have for X amount, you now know you need to ask less than that to sell it properly. Back to the muffins; you know you can buy that gluten-free, nut-free, low-fat muffin down the street for $4, you would not spend $15 on the same product. Doing some basic research will go a long way when it comes to price negotiating during a sale.

Just like not everyone is a gifted baker, not everyone is a born seller. Simple steps though can make selling your used diamond a much easier task than one might think. Knowing your diamond gives you the confidence that you know what you’re speaking to. Also, having an idea of true market values help make the negotiating process less painful and prevents dreams of getting close to the appraisal value from being shattered. It can be somewhat of a reverse sticker shock when it becomes apparent that those appraisal values are nowhere near what someone is willing to pay. Keep in mind that it is a buyers market, and while you can ask whatever price you want for your diamond, it is the buyer who will dictate the price they are willing to pay.

More to come on selling and keeping an open mind to the process!

Be sure to check out www.mjgabel.com.  If you are in the market to buy a diamond, or selling a loose or mounted diamond get in touch with us and take advantage of our free consulting.

Taking a Step Back


Written by Anne Johnson, Managing Director at MJ Gabel

In our previous blog posts, I have written mostly about the process and mechanics behind the diamond industry. Truths about the actual value of diamonds, as well as how they reach their price tag value by the time they reach a woman’s finger. While our website sheds light onto our massive crush on diamonds and personal interaction with clients, I thought I would take the time to explain why we are different than other companies. Let’s spell it out.;

I often use a car analogy when speaking of diamonds because it is often the easiest for most people to relate to, so humor me once again. If you are in the market for a new car, you go to a car dealership and someone who specialized in selling cars- they do not make the cars, or for that matter buy them back (unless it’s a trade), sells one to you. Many times consumers will do LOADS of research on the right car for them, and how and where to get the best price.

Jump a few years, and it’s time to upgrade or your just ready for a change. You may opt not to take the car to the dealer because you know they a) will not buy it back with cash and b) if you trade it in, you will take a massive hit. Your choice becomes selling it on your own, or trading it and taking less for it than both you and them know its worth.

Most people do not do nearly as much research on how to sell their used car, as what they put into finding the best price when purchasing it. If we were in the car business, this is where we would come in! Even though our love is diamonds, we can still apply this same scenario to the diamond marketplace.

The majority of individuals do not to nearly as much research on diamonds as they do with cars before they buy. In fact, the majority of customers know very little about their diamond when they buy it, and only when it comes time to sell it does the research begin. Like a car, consumers know what they paid for their diamond. This becomes usually one of two pieces of weaponry in their knowledge arsenal. The second piece is an appraisal that has been done on their diamond. With these two numbers in mind, most consumers believe that they must be able to get at least half or more of these two values.

In contrast to selling a car, the jeweler is often the first place a consumer might stop to sell their diamond back. Like a car dealer however, the jeweler really only sells diamonds, and their offers tend to be similar to a trade in value since they will need to make a profit again if they buy the diamond back. Thus, individuals tend to travel around looking for what different sources will offer them for their pieces. They hear a low number, and move on to the next stop.

This is precisely where we differ from others. Instead of just giving you a number, we walk you through exactly how we came up with that number. We take the time to illustrate for our customers how every aspect of their diamond has played a role in the price we have calculated. In addition, instead of just shooting a low offer out, we are happy to give you alternatives if we believe we can help you get more for the piece. The value of the stone is nothing compared to the consumer feeling valued as a client and that their best interest is our priority.

In the car market, consumers utilize Kelley Blue Book, or Edmunds as a resource to tell them what their car’s value is and what they can expect to get for it. We are to diamonds what those companies are to cars! The only difference is, we value the connection you have to the piece, how much you spent on it, the importance of educating the consumer, and the basic human interaction involved in selling it. The other difference is, unlike Edmunds or KBB, with MJ Gabel we will pay you the price we acknowledge your piece to be worth, or happily broker a transaction that will.

MJ Gabel / Diamond Buyers

www.mjgabel.com

800-804-1980