An estate jewelry buyer is licensed and bonded and knows exactly what a piece of antique jewelry is worth. Their job in an estate auction sale is to procure the highest dollar amounts for these valuable pieces of antiquity. As with any high-end estate art, an antique ring or antique broach is an exquisite piece of art that can rarely be duplicated in quality and workmanship by today’s standards. This is what makes an estate jewelry buyer one of the most valuable assets of an individual’s estate sale.Most accredited auctions hold estate sales which set reserve prices for antique jewelry to ensure the antique piece will be sold no lower than its appraised value. Estate buyers are also sellers of antique jewelry and are easy to schedule appointment appraisals with, at a seller’s convenience. From the initial consulting with an estate antique jewelry buyer to the staging and final auction, jewelry buyers are professionals who take the utmost care in the appraisal of antique jewelry.Most of the estate jewelry buyers are professional members of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers and are certified through the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Many of professional appraisers are also board members or current members of the Appraisers Association of America. Under the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers training they learn everything they need to know for appraisals including the Farnsworth-Munsell 100-Hue Test for Color Vision.For insurance purposes, it is recommended that all pieces of antique jewelry that will be auctioned off in an estate sale should be appraised. An insurance appraisal can readily be obtained through a professional insurance jewelry appraiser. Often time, an insurance appraisal will coincide with the sale of valuable antique jewelry. Professional appraisers can assess the value of a piece of antique jewelry and set a price for the auction of the piece.A consignment piece of estate jewelry can be then tagged by the auction staff coordinator and listed on the auction of items to be sold in an estate sale. The value of the piece will start at the asking price and many times an antique piece of jewelry will be auctioned off for almost twice the value of the piece.A pretty ring that looks antique should have an appraisal certificate with it that ensures it is indeed an antique piece of jewelry. This certification indicates that the ring in question is an antique and also rates the stones on a scale for color, clarity and carat size. If an antique piece of jewelry comes in a box it may well be higher in price. Antique jewelry can be appraised by the maker of the piece. Many Tiffany pieces are automatically priced higher, especially the older antique pieces.If there is an historical value attached to the antique piece of jewelry it will no doubt hold a higher value than a piece that has no historical value. Many individuals who purchase antique jewelry at auctions understand that there is a set reserve price, which keeps the price of the antique piece close to its appraised value and no lower amount will be set.
Do you want to start your own handmade jewelry business? Making handcrafted jewelry, handmade earrings and unique bracelets can be easier than learning how to sell, where to sell and at what price to sell your unique jewelry. Marketing, advertising and promoting your new company is an obstacle many cannot overcome. Many people give up when just starting out because of the frustration. Here are some easily accomplished steps to build your handmade jewelry business and put you on the road to success.First of all, and most important, is to create truly unique jewelry. Finding you own niche, expressing your individual style and creativity is key to making your handcrafted jewelry business a success. Experiment with techniques and materials until you find the right combination that suits you. The most successful jewelry artisans have their own style that draws customers to them.Secondly, choose your target market. What age group does your handmade jewelry attract? This is a good pricing indicator. A younger age group will require lower prices while a middle age group is looking for more sophisticated looks and can afford a higher price range.Trial and error is sometimes the best method for pricing. Estimate how much a pair of handmade earrings or handmade bracelets costs you to actually make. Double the cost for your wholesale jewelry price and double that again for your retail price is the general rule. Look around at other handmade jewelry artists offering similar products to see if your price falls into the same range?Online marketing for handmade jewelry artisans is growing quickly and it is easy to set up a free or relatively inexpensive website at many handcrafted sites. Building an online presence can take a lot of time and effort which will be worthwhile eventually. Do not depend on immediate sales as it takes time to become established online.Local craft shows are a great way to start in the handmade jewelry business. Check your Chamber of Commerce for an event schedule in your area. Talk with other crafters to find other craft shows and art festivals that they recommend. Slowly build a schedule of shows. Pay attention to what your customers are looking for and try to focus on their needs.Start slow with baby steps gradually building your customer base. Not every show will be a huge success but bit by bit you will learn all the things you need to know to make your handmade jewelry business a success.Not everyone can be an artist and a salesperson. Luckily there are many wholesale jewelry suppliers who specialize in handmade jewelry and handcrafted artisan jewelry. Check out their websites and see if their wholesale products fall into the niche you have decided upon. Whether it is horse jewelry, cat jewelry, wildlife jewelry or Native American jewelry designs, you are sure to find wholesale jewelry suppliers who have the perfect handmade jewelry for your target market.
Jewelry is something everyone loves wearing. Let it be stones, gold, silver or pewter, there is some sort of jewelry that everyone will like. Now, to make sure that all pets are not far behind in this race for jewelry, many people manufacture pet jewelry, yes jewelry for pets! Jewelry that includes chains, lockets, collars, and anything fancy one can envisage.So today, the creation and manufacture of pet jewelry proves to be a lucrative business. In fact, pet owners love to spruce up their pets, and themselves, in pet jewelry. Instead of buying jewelry only for their pets, or for themselves, they now venture into buying matching jewelry for both of themselves. You can create any form of jewelry; made of sterling silver, pewter, or gemstones. Be as creative as possible to create jewelry designs that will entice both the pet and pet owner!One of the most common pieces of jewelry is jewelry with a Celtic design. This jewelry can be attached either to the pets collar, or used as a pendant in the pet owners chain or necklace. Adding a special stone to the center of these pendants, make it even more attractive to your prospective customers. You can also create matching gold charms for their pets. Adding genuine stones to these charms make the charm more charming! To make the jewelry more alluring to the customer, you could offer the charm in a lovely gift box that matches the gold charm.Another novel idea for pet jewelry is designer pet ID tags and pet ID jewelry. It is not that you have to create all this jewelry; there are many jewelry designers out there creating masterpieces out of jewelry; you could offer to sell this jewelry for these jewelers, and charge a commission for these sales, .925 sterling silver pet tags make a very stunning presence wherever the pet goes. So, instead of using a cheap, ordinary, plastic, or aluminum pet tag for the pet let pet owners have unique pets with these sterling silver pet tags.Of course, whatever pet jewelry it is that you are creating or distributing, it is very important to have a web presence through which you can sell your pet jewelry. Create a website with pictures of this jewelry, and with information about it. Looking at the picture itself, the pet owner should feel like buying pet jewelry for their pets and themselves. Of course, the pets that are most likely to wear pet jewelry are cats and dogs. Sometimes pets require something more rugged looking, and something more masculine.The costs for this pet jewelry should not be too high nor should it be too cheap. Sometimes it may go up to hundreds of dollars, while some jewelry may cost only $1! Remember to keep a reasonable price range so that both rich and poor pet owners can buy pet jewelry. Do not forget to mention the shipping and handling charges that have to be borne by the pet owner to receive the selected pet jewelry!