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How and Where to Buy and Sell Jewelry, Watches and Diamonds

How and Where to Buy and Sell Jewelry, Watches and Diamonds

Selling jewelry in Boca Raton

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How and where to sell jewelry, watches and diamonds is a topic of discussion at some point in every ones lives. There are so many outlets to sell jewelry in Boca Raton and other areas all over the world.  Before making any rash decisions consider your options. The best possible option is to sell the item privately, to someone you know. That way you can get very fair market value for your jewelry. If this does not seem like a good option for you, you can always consider posting to the internet on multiple platforms. The best being Ebay. If you decide to try to sell your jewelry, watches or diamonds on Ebay make sure you have paperwork to go with it such as an appraisal. This will give credibility to the piece of jewelry you are trying to sell. Bare in mind that on Ebay there are many scams and items need to be refundable, so do your homework before listing an item on Ebay for sale. We do not recommend listing to Craigslist. The reason we do not recommend Craigslist is because it lets potential buyers know you have something valuable to sell and deals have to be done in person. This leaves you open to a potential robbery. The third and probably best choice is to visit your local jeweler. Get a few opinions and depending on the type of item you have for sale you can gauge its value by how much they are selling for online. Make sure you are paid on the spot and verify the funds are available in the jewelers account.

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Tips for Selling Watches

Sell Watches

Sell Watches Boca Raton

Like our other articles we have recently published, this one touches on how to sell watches in Boca Raton and other metropolitan areas. These days with the Internet it’s super easy to find what your luxury timepiece is selling for. However, what people are asking isn’t necessarily what they are getting. Plenty of watches are being listed online for 20k and selling for 15k which is a big difference. Rolex watches are the easiest to price and good dealers generally work on short margins in regards to Rolex. Why? Because they are super easy to sell. Off brand watches like some IWC watches, Ulysee Nardin Watches and many others can be more difficult to sell. Easiest to see include Patek Philippe, Rolex and Cartier. If your not in a situation where you need money going into a second hand shop and trading would be your best bet. If you need the money find a shop that specializes in second hand watches and pays on the spot.

Where To Sell Jewelry, Watches and Diamonds Series

Where To Sell Jewelry 

As we have said in earlier articles there are millions of places that advertise to buy your jewelry. If thinking to sell your precious valuables where should you go? Everyone that offers advise on the topic always says get at least three opinions… This is a given but what if you are selling diamonds? Is getting three opinions enough?

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selling diamonds to the right buyer

Most will not give you this information. Some may tell you that if your diamond is a nice quality you should send it to G.I.A. for a certificate. However, most buyers would prefer to buy your diamond without the G.I.A. if they are slick because it may come out a better quality after they send it to G.I.A. then expected therefore worth more money. So, you may want to consider sending your diamond to G.I.A. You can do this yourself or bring it to your local jeweler and they can do it for you. Bare in mind a certificate costs hundreds of dollars, the bigger the stone the more it will cost. Another tip, if your diamond is old, you may want to look into having recut and then certified because as a modern cut diamond it could be worth 2 or 3 times more money. This is only on a rare occasion though. More tips and tricks to come on how to sell your diamond, jewelry and watches in future articles.

LA Antique Jewelry and Watch Show Review

March 2013 kicked off the first LA Antique Jewelry and Watch Show organized by GLM. GLM is also responsible for a few other antique jewelry shows and many other show types. Including but not limited to

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LA Antique Jewelry and Watch Show

The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show, The Original  Miami Beach Antique Show, New York Antique Jewelry and Watch Show and the Miami Beach Antique Jewelry and Watch Show just to name a few. Mostly all of these shows are productive for the dealers that exhibit and the guests that visit. These shows are geared mostly for inter dealer business. However if you are looking to purchase yourself a one-of-a-kind piece and are luckily enough to know about these shows they can be a real treat. Most trade shows are terrible in there first few years or at least there first year. The LA Antique Jewelry and Watch Show was an exception to this rule. GLM’s marketing team did a much better than average job advertising the show. The turn out was much better than expected and will continue to grow with time. The public in this part of the country are looking for a very fine product at a very sharp price but there was plenty of buying and selling to do at this show. Next year should be much better and each year there after as well. At vintage jewelry events such as these it is not uncommon for there to be celebrity sightings as vintage jewelry and watches are very trendy now.

Why Are There Jewelry Buyers On Every Corner?

There are jewelry buyers on every corner. Check out this picture of 47th street in New York City….

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Jewelry Buyers on every corner

There are hundreds if not thousands of jewelry buyers in major metropolitan areas. Why? Because the more people, the more jewelry, the more jewelry being sold. Boca Raton, Florida is a major jewelry buying and jewelry selling area. There is a very mixed crowd in South Florida. a vast majority of the retirement population from all over the USA ends up in Florida. There are a number of reasons for this, one is the tax incentives involved for retirees. Another is the obvious, the GREAT weather!  Towns like Boca Raton that were very undeveloped 30 years ago are packed full of retirees and young people alike. As the retirees get used to the good casual life in Boca Raton they come to realize that they don’t wear there jewelry anymore because there life style has changed. Its hard to split jewelry amongst children and easier to split money, so they sell jewelry in Boca Raton. We will follow up to this article with more info shortly.

Christie’s Announces Details of Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry Auction

Hello lovely Raymond Lee fans and readers. Today’s buzz is all about the newly released details of Christie’s auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection. Not too long ago, we paid homage to some of Liz’s most famous baubles and showcased what would be in our fantasy Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Auction.

Now that Christie’s has announced what jewels will actually be up on the block, we thought we’d share the dazzling results of our predictions. Read on for the inside scoop, courtesy of National Jeweler.

The Taj Mahal diamond is up for grabs, and is expected to fetch between $300,000  and $500,000 on its December 13th Christie’s debut.

This Van Cleef & Arpels 8 carat ruby and diamond stunner was Richard Burton’s Christmas gift to Liz in 1968. The ring is estimated to realize $1 million – $1.5 million at the first of two days of Christie’s auctions, Dec. 13.

These rings are Burtona nd Taylor’s wedding bands (from at least one of their fabled marriages). They are estimated to go for between $6,000 and $8,000 at their December 14th auction.

Finally, the star of the show is the Krupp/Elizabeth Taylor diamond. This 33-carat, D color, VS1 clarity, potentially internally flawless stone, was a gift to the actress from Burton “and is the perceived top lot of the auction, estimated to realize $2.5 million – $3.5 million at auction Dec. 13,” according to National Jeweler.

François Curiel, international jewelry director and president of Christie’s Asia, says of the lot:

“Elizabeth Taylor’s passion for jewelry was well-known, but it is her depth of knowledge about fine jewelry that truly impresses. She collected the best pieces from the best periods, and as a result her collection boasts exquisite examples from the most celebrated jewelry designers.”

Partial proceeds of the auction will benefit the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, founded in 1991 to provide funding to AIDS service organizations throughout the world to assist those living with HIV and AIDS.\

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for industry news and estate jewelry.

Wedding Wednesday: Neutral Bridesmaids Dresses are a Hot Trend

A recent, lovely recurring theme cropping up on wedding blogs across the net is the emergence of bridesmaids in subdued, neutral hues. Whether a bride opts to dress her girls in varying shades or one tone for a monochromatic look, this trend allows the ladies to create a soft, beautiful addition to the altar. Here are some of our favorite looks:

Mastin Studios via Style Me Pretty

These ladies look lovely in this warm shade of ivory. Varying styles allow each bridesmaid to show off her personality, while the different textures on the dresses add interest both on the big day and in the photographs that will last for decades.

Michael & Anna Costa Photographers Ltd. via Style Me Pretty

For a sophisticated take, turn to fall’s staple neutral slate gray. These bridesmaids look chic and effortlessly elegant in these flattering long gowns. With each maid in the same dress and tone, everything from hair to jewelry to accessories can be left up to the bridesmaids to select to suit her own tastes.

Jose Villa photography via OnceWed.com

These ‘maids complement the blushing bride in, what else? Blush! The diaphanous gowns add whimsy while the lilac undertones of the blush add an extra layer of femininity.

Braedon Photography via Project Wedding

These bridesmaids shine in stone colored chiffon, and add pops of color with jewel-toned shoes and colorful bouquets.

Riso Studio via Style Me Pretty

Another bunch of bridesmaids in blush, each maid has customized her look to reflect her style while staying in the same color family. The different shades and materials could lack cohesion otherwise, but the careful pairing of neutral shoes is both flattering (hello longer legs!) and unifying. The short length of every dress also helps tie all these different looks together.

Basing your bridesmaids’ dresses off of a neutral color palette is both beautiful and a lifesaver for your maids. Regardless of your love for fuchsia, your bridesmaids are the ones shelling out for a new gown to suit your Big Day desires; they’ll love you (even more than they already do) if you select, or let them pick, a dress in a classic neutral they’ll really wear again. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to gift fun, patterned or bright accessories to your bridesmaids, should you choose. And if your brides will be donning colorful jewelry for your wedding? Well we’ve got a post for that too!

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for wedding day tips, trends and jewelry.

Wedding Wednesday: The Right Jewelry for your Dress

No doubt, the most important element of your wedding day will be your dress (except for your groom that is!) It reflects the tone, formality and mood for your wedding and ensures that all eyes are on you on your big day. So what’s a girl to do when faced with accessorizing the most important outfit of her life? Turn to Raymond Lee Jewelers, of course, bridal jewelry experts.

If your gown is…

 Strapless

Monique Lhuillier

Play up an elegant neck with stunning drop earrings and an up-do. This is the perfect opportunity to incorporate color into your wedding day look with any number of colored stones. Complete the look with a bracelet in coordinating stones. The same rules apply to one-shouldered gowns as well.

14K White Gold and Micropave Diamond Drop Earrings

14K White Gold, Diamond and Garnet Drop Earrings

Sweetheart

Allure Couture

A unique pendant necklace on a short, delicate chain is a timeless way to let your gown shine, and won’t be hidden if you decide to wear your hair in beachy waves or retro curls. Likewise, a textured, thick collar necklace will perfectly offset the gentle curve of this gown’s neckline.

18K White and Rose Gold Irradiated Pink Diamond Pendant

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Lace Collar 18K White Gold Three Row Diamond Necklace

V-necked

AgapéEver via Brides.com

Bold brides wanting to show off their décolletage must adorn all that skin with a necklace. Pair an intricate drop necklace with a chic satin gown, or a lacy number. Add sparkling studs and a simple, feminine bracelet to complete this look.

Platinum and Diamond (28.8CTW) Y-Necklace with round, pear shaped and oval diamonds

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Platinum and Diamond Micro Pave Necklace

High-necked or backless

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Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields via Brides.com

Princess Kate’s return to fuller coverage has sparked new waves of bridal fashion trends, as has the couture world’s new attention to the beauty of the back. We say that for these styles, brides should take the opportunity to don stunning dangling earrings, as long as you’re comfortable with, and pair with a gorgeous and unique bracelet.

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Tiffany & Co. Garland Collection Platinum Earrings

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18K White Gold Wide Pave Link Bracelet

Pure White

Olia Zavozina via Brides.com

The best metals to pair with this color are platinum, white gold and silver, as yellow gold or rose gold may look too brassy in contrast to your snow white gown.

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Tiffany & Co. Platinum, Diamond and Pink Sapphire necklace

Off White

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Jenny Peckham via Brides.com

Nearly every and any metal works with this shade, but our picks are platinum, white gold and rose gold to complement the blushing bride.

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14 kt rose gold pearl starburst pin

Ivory

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Demetrios via Brides.com

Bring out the warmth of this hue with yellow gold accessories, cognac diamonds and yellow stones.

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18kt yellow and white gold bracelet with yellow and white gold diamonds

Retro

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Oleg Cassini at David's Bridal via Brides.com

If you’re a bride who craves a throwback to the heyday of 50’s fem, 20’s art deco or 60’s mod, consider adding to your gown’s one-of-a-kind vibe with a unique brooch, hair piece, or statement necklace. Try to incorporate either contemporary jewels or pieces from a different period than your dress to avoid a costume look.

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18kt yellow gold and diamond pin

Classic

1 Wedding by Mary's Bridal via Brides.com

If your gown hasn’t changed a stitch since you first imagined it when you were 6 and every detail of your wedding will ooze timeless charm, stick to the bridal standby’s of diamonds and pearls. You’ll love your look, on the day of your wedding and in photos, no matter how many years pass beyond your big day.

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Platinum Southsea Pearl and Diamond Earrings

The most important part of choosing your wedding day jewelry is being true to yourself. Your wedding day will be the happiest day of your life, especially if you’re 100% in love…with your accessories.

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s choice for pre-owned bridal jewelry and engagement rings.

Industry Update: The Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show Recap

Raymond lee Jewelers recaps the 31st Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show 2011

Last week we gave you the break down of what to expect at the 31st Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, and today we’re thrilled to share that this show attracted thousands of attendees. Collectors, dealers, and connoisseurs from Beijing to Brussels packed the Antiques Show to purchase from the more than 550 luxury goods and antquie exhibitors.

The Palm Beach Show Group, also the producers of the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, presented this four day, indoor show. In fact, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is the largest indoor antique show in the country.

According to president and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group, Scott Diament:“This year marks a milestone of record-breaking dealer participation,” said Scott Diament, president and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. “We completely sold all of the space in the Baltimore Convention Center.”

Thankfully, Hurricane Irene did not impede the show’s success; “Not only was ‘Irene’ storming, but the buyers were storming too,” said Gus Davis of Camilla Dietz Bergeron. “There was a lot of enthusiasm and the serious buyers really came through and bought. We had a great show.”

Exhibitors reported record sales, high profile customers, and fantastic amounts of museum-quality art sold.

In addition to the art and antiques, guests also attended the antique book fair, and the free public lecture series. These sessions featured Wendy A. Cooper, Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil senior curator of furniture at Winterthur Museum; Robert Mintz, Ph.D., associate curator of Asian art at The Walters Art Museum; and Miller Gaffney, principal of Miller Gaffney Art Advisory. Also presenting lectures were exhibiting dealers, including Jeff Bridgman of Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques; Janet Drucker of Drucker Antiques; Matthew Baer of The Ivory Tower; and Timothy Stevenson of Carlson & Stevenson Antiques and Art.

For more information on this year’s Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, as well as next year’s visit www.baltimoresummershow.com

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, Trusted source for antiques and estate jewelry.

Tubular Tuesdays: In The Shop

A Picture Perfect Peek at Three Tremendous Timepieces of the Raymond Lee Jewelers Inventory… Today.

The Rolex Submariner 16610

The Rolex Submariner 16610 is the classic diving watch.  It’s 904L stainless steel case is able to withstand depths up to 300 meters (1,000 feet).  With a 40mm case it is on the larger size for gents watches.  As a standard, men’s watches are usually 36-40 mm.  The Submariner remains one of Rolex’s most popular watches. Not only is this gorgeous timepiece classic, it’s also on-trend; GQ’s September cover features Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez wearing this bright, modern timepiece.

The Rolex Datejust Masterpiece 81339

This 18K white gold stunner features a Tahitian Mother of Pearl dial that lends an air of sophistication and uniqueness. Add to this the double row of diamonds encircling the face of the watch, the scratch resistant sapphire crystal, and the diamond dial, and this watch becomes a true collectors piece.

The Rolex Daytona 116589

Introduced in 1963, the Daytona collection was designed to fit the needs of racecar drivers. Whether you’re looking to perfectly measure your lap time, or you’re simply a fan of beautiful timepieces, this particular Daytona is in a league of its own. Cased in white gold, the dial is mother of pearl with diamonds, surrounded by a bezel of diamonds, and capped off with a supple black leather band.

Readers, which of these pre-owned luxury watches would you most like to own?

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s choice for pre-owned Rolexes and luxury timepieces.

Masculine Monday: David Yurman New Arrivals

 David Yurman, founded by eponymous the designer, is renowned for its affordable and everyday luxury. When his cable jewelry took the world by storm in the eighties, no one could have predicted that 30 years later another Yurman would make his mark on the brand.

Evan Yurman, head of men’s design at David Yurman, has created a rough-hewn, yet sophisticated line for men that shines this fall. Here are Raymond Lee Jewelers top picks from David Yurman men’s new arrivals.

 David Yurman Amulets Shark Tooth Necklace

David Yurman, Raymond Lee JewelersThis bronze shark tooth is the perfect answer to the hottest trend in women’s jewelry right now, rose gold. Not only does the darker bronze add a touch of industrial luxury to this piece, the shark tooth is both a natural element and a strong one. Adding to this necklace’s stylish toughness is the titanium box chain the shark tooth hangs from.

Armory Band Ring

Inspired by medieval elements, this ring is a subtle reference to armor-clad knights slicing through the bad guys with broadswords. It might even help you channel some of that raw, unbridled strength that accompanied them in conquests and battles. Or Not – but either way, this ring is seriously stylish.

Royal Cord Cufflinks, Black Diamond

These cufflinks are the perfect addition for a completely polished look. The textured sterling silver offers interest without the distraction of over shininess, while the slightly irregular pattern and shape of the stripes lend an unfussy vibe to even formal wear. Black diamonds are the ultimate in masculine luxe, and make these cuff links the ideal finishing touch.

Pave ring with cognac Diamonds

This ring is the way to go for a little masculine bling. The warmth of the cognac diamonds is perfect for fall, and balances out the cool tones of the sterling silver. While the diamonds verge on being too fussy left to their own devices, the thick width of the band makes it no-nonsense, and the sturdy rope-detail on the band’s underside counteracts any feminine energy.

Gentlemen, what are your top jewelry and accessory picks for fall?

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your source for luxury estate and pre-owned David Yurman jewelry.

Christie’s Announces World Tour Schedule for Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels

In a few short weeks, fans admirers and mourners of the late, fabulous Elizabeth Taylor will be able to view her treasured collection of the items she held dearest – her jewelry.

Elizabeth Taylor was an icon renowned as much for her beauty and acting as she was for her affinity for luxury. Taylor exuded an air of effortless glamour, helped along by the carats upon carats of precious jewelry that she often wore.

Beginning September 15th, Christies will showcase Liz’s famed jewels on a world tour. Exhibits will begin in Moscow’s Red Square before the tour continues to London, L.A., Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong before finally stopping in New York. There, from December 3rd through the 12th, Christie’s will present the collection before its 5 part auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s estate.

Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s America states: Christie’s is honored to have been entrusted with this important role in celebrating the extraordinary life and legacy of Elizabeth Taylor. The global tour and exhibition of her collection at Christie’s will be a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian.  This collection of her many cherished possessions will bring us closer to the essence of Elizabeth Taylor’s unique spirit, and promises to inspire admiration, delight, and at times, sheer wonder, in all who come to see it.”

First up is Liz’s collection of Legendary Jewels: “In what promises to be remembered as one of the most remarkable jewelry events in auction history, Christie’s will open the sales series devoted to Ms. Taylor’s collections with a gala Evening Sale of her most magnificent jewels on December 13, followed by two additional sale sessions on December 14.”

What will be included in this auction? One can only speculate at this point – which we did, naturally. Here are the gems that we think will absolutely be up on the auction block.

The Krupp Diamond

The first item of jewelry that Richard Burton gave her, this Asscher-cut diamond became a daily adornment for Taylor, at a more demure 33.19 carats.

La Peregina

Once owned by Anne Boleyn and Queen Mary Tudor, Taylor prized this pear-shaped pearl. Once owned by the Queen of Spain, it was nearly swallowed by one of Talyor’s dogs.

Cartier Ruby and Diamond Necklace

Given to Taylor by husband #3, Mike Todd, the necklace, bracelet, and earrings feature oval and cushion-cut rubies and baguette-cut diamonds set in platinum.

The Taj Mahal Diamond

Originally given to Shah Jahan by his father, the diamond was the presented to his wife Queen Mumtaz – the very same Queen Mumtaz that the Taj Mahal was built for. Burton bought this heart-shaped, yellow stunner for Liz’s 40th birthday. She promptly removed the silk cord it hung from and commissioned a diamond-studded chain.

The Taylor-Burton Diamond

The 69.42-carat Cartier diamond gifted to Talyor by 5th husband Richard Burton. Sadly, this – the most famous of Liz’s baubles – won’t be for sale at the auction, as it was last bought by Robert Mouawad.

Partial proceeds from the auction will benefit the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, created in 1993 to provide critically needed support services for people with HIV/AIDS.

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