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Diamonds From You Announces Launch in Texas Offering Cash for Engagement Rings, Wedding Sets or Estate Jewelry and Diamonds

Posted on: 19/04/2015 02:25 AM
Selling diamonds or jewelry in Texas doesn't have to be difficult or stressful. Diamonds From You recently announced their launch, offering great prices to customers who would like to turn their diamonds and jewelry into cash quickly and honestly. April 18, 2015 Finding an honest deal and a fair price for jewelry or diamonds in Texas has just become much easier, thanks to Diamonds From You. The business recently announced their launch in the lone star state and pride themselves on offering a great opportunity to customers who would to turn their engagement rings, estate jewelery, wedding sets and more into cash simply and quickly. “We pride ourselves on being fair and honest with the people who come to us,” commented Ankur Gandhi Head Buyer and President of Diamonds From You. “There's plenty of reasons why a person would need cash more than jewelry or diamonds and we're here in Texas to help make that exchange in a win/win for everyone involved.” According to the business, all of their transactions are confidential and they are happy to be located in a very secure building with 24/7 security to be sure every customer is safe and comfortable. The experienced and skilled gemologists will appraise any jewelery or diamonds brought in and even beat any marketable offer by at least 1%. Customers have responded with enthusiasm. C.J., from Houston, recently said, “Overall great experience. Came in an hour early, was able to see me early. He took the time to review the diamond and the appraisal. Walked me through his appraisal and explained why he made his judgment. Very thorough and took the time to explain what he was seeing. I was satisfied. Set up an appointment on their website and definitely stop by if you're looking to buy and/or sell.” Contact Information: Diamonds From You is located at 7500 Bellaire blvd., Suite 240, Houston, Texas, 77036. For more information be sure to visit http://www.diamondsfromyou.com or call (832) 659-0818.

Cushion Cut Diamonds

Posted on: 12/03/2015 04:59 PM
The cushion cut diamond once referred to as old mine cut) combines a square cut with rounded corners, much like a pillow (hence the name). This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years, and for the first century of its existence was the most popular diamond shape (similar to round cut today). Until the early 20th century, the cushion cut diamond was the de facto diamond shape. Traditional cushion cut diamonds return light in a chunkier pattern than modern cuts. Combined with the enlarged culet (which was considered desirable for the pattern created when viewed through the table), this created a distinctive look that is prized today among dealers in antique diamonds. Partially based on cut research initiated by Marcel Tolkowsky in the 1920's, refinements to cushion cut diamonds over time (such as shrinking the culet, enlarging the table, and improving cut angles for increased brilliance), have led to a resurgence in popularity. Many buyers are attracted to the antique feel combined with modern performance offered by the cushion cut. Cushion Cut Diamond - Three Common Patterns Cushion Cut Diamond - Three Pavilion Patterns The standards for cushion cut vary more than most other shapes, and personal taste will dictate choice. While generally less brilliant than round brilliant diamonds, cushion cut diamonds often have better fire, which is part of their appeal. Modern cushion cuts tend to have one of three basic pavilion facet patterns (see picture). The third pattern has an extra row of facets on the pavilion and is classified by GIA as a "modified" cushion cut. These modified cuts tend to have a "crushed ice" or needle like facet pattern, more similar to a radiant cut than a traditional cushion cut. The chart below serves as a general guideline for evaluating the cut of a cushion cut diamond.

Sell Diamond Ring Jewelry - Houston

Posted on: 12/03/2015 04:55 PM
The is a guest post by Barbara Diggs, a Paris-based freelance writer specializing in personal finance. When Christine Clifford’s marriage ended two years ago, she found herself solely responsible for the payments and maintenance of her million-dollar home. For months she scrambled to keep up with the bills, but finally made the difficult decision to sell her jewelry – including two one-carat diamond rings, and a pair of diamonds earrings– to stave off foreclosure. “Today, I don’t have any ‘nice’ jewelry,” says Clifford, CEO of Divorcing Divas, LLC, “but I have the peace of mind that I kept my house afloat.” Christine isn’t the only cash-strapped American setting aside “a diamond is forever” sentiment to sell their jewelry these days. Josh Opperman, founder of the website “I Do… Now I Don’t” which specializes in the sale of “preloved” diamond jewelry, reports that 2011 was the site’s best year for diamond ring-listing and sales. Now is a good time to sell. Thanks to an escalating taste for diamonds among the middle class in China and India, diamond prices soared in 2011, increasing by 49% in the first half of the year before ending 19% up overall by the year’s end. As a result, an increasing number of sticker-shocked jewelers are restocking with diamonds purchased from the public, rather than buying from wholesalers. “You’re seeing a lot more signs in [jewelry store] windows saying ‘We buy gold and diamonds,’ not just ‘We buy gold,’” says Rob Bates, senior editor of the Jeweler’s Circular Keystone magazine, a leading trade publication in the jewelry industry. “I even spoke to one jeweler who is only buying diamonds off the street these days.” While the timing may be right, selling your diamond can be a major headache. Unlike gold, which has a quantifiable melt value, resale prices for diamonds have no one objective measure, making it easy for inexperienced sellers to become confused and overwhelmed. To help unravel the mysteries of diamond selling, here are four tips to consider before hocking your stone. 1. Know what you’ve got Just because Granny said her old diamond ring was valuable doesn’t make it so. It doesn’t even make it a diamond. So, before you rush to market, get an accurate picture of its quality and authenticity. A qualified appraiser – preferably one that doesn’t buy or sell diamonds – can give you an unbiased opinion of the stone’s characteristics and condition, and highlight positive and negative attributes that could affect its value. But spending money on a formal assessment isn’t always necessary,says gemologist Neil Beaty, owner of American Gem Registry, an appraisal service in Denver. If you’re short on funds and the diamond is likely worth less than $2,000, have the stone evaluated for free by a professional diamond buyer or even a pawnbroker. Visit two or three shops to get a range of opinions; in the end, you’ll have a solid idea of the specifications and state of your stone. 2. Set a realistic price Having unrealistic price expectations for your diamond is the fastest way to disappointment with any ultimate sale. Beaty recommends two approaches to determining a shrewd price. First, if having an appraisal, ask how much the stone might be worth in specific markets and circumstances. “Discussing pricing strategies is about 80% of the benefit of an appraisal for resale customers,” he says. A good appraiser follows current market trends and can help you understand the potential resale value of your diamond. Alternatively, do the legwork yourself. Look at prices of completed eBay sales for diamond jewelry with similar characteristics; check out comparable new diamonds in retail stores and online, and factor in a discount for your pre-worn jewel. Above all, remember that in most cases, “the only reason anyone will buy your diamond is because they’re either going to make a profit from it or because it’s a good bargain,” says Beaty. “Otherwise, they’d buy it new.” 3. Investigate your selling options Resellers of diamond jewelry have two options: sell to the jewelry industry or to the public. Choosing a buyer isn’t always about getting the top price, says Beaty, but is often a function of how quickly you can settle the deal, how much you trust the buyer, or your stomach for negotiation and marketing. The primary advantage of selling to someone in the jewelry industry is time. If you want to sell quickly and safely with little fuss over marketing, target a jeweler, diamond dealer or pawnbroker. “The most important thing is to choose someone you trust,” says Murray Rose, President of Rose Estate Jewelers in Chicago. Always check their Better Business Bureau rating or seek out American Gem Society members, who are dedicated ethical business practices. The downside to selling to an industry insider is that you’re unlikely to get top dollar. Since they intend to make a profit from your stone, they have no reason to pay anywhere near retail value. Generally, members of the public pay more for diamonds than industry insiders, as they’re looking to save on retail but can’t access wholesale prices, says Beaty. The hard part here is finding the right buyer. Online classifieds such as Craigslist can bring success, but you’ll have the hassle of filtering out the weirdoes and cons. eBay is a good platform, particularly if you have previous selling experience there. Another option is “I Do…Now I Don’t”, a relative newcomer to the online auction scene. Like eBay, the site allows sellers to list diamond jewelry with pictures and descriptions. However, unlike eBay, once a buyer and seller make a deal, both the ring and money are sent to the site. “The money is held in escrow while a certified, independent gemologist authenticates and appraises the [diamond],” explains Josh Opperman, the site’s founder. “The buyer’s money is only released when the diamond certification process is complete.” The site takes a 15% commission on sales. Also consider giving your jewelry to a consignment shop or dealer to sell for you. You might fetch a better price than selling to an industry insider because the diamond will be sold to the public, but the dealer will take a 25-40% commission. If you choose this option, never fail to obtain strong dealer references, says Beaty. When leaving your diamond with another person, you should trust them absolutely. 4. Be emotionally ready to sell Because diamonds are often symbols of passion or love, they can be harder to part with than any other piece of jewelry. Nonetheless, “you have to leave emotions out of selling,” says Rose. Sentimental value may raise the price of the diamond in your eyes, but a potential buyer won’t be so moved. More important, selling before you’re ready could bring long-lasting regrets. Linda Bryant, a freelance writer in Nashville, grew panicked by piling bills and slow business during the Great Recession, and hastily sold her grandmother’s platinum and diamond cocktail ring for a song. Two years later, it’s still a painful topic. “It was crazy to sell it for so little,” she says. “I should have willed it to my niece.” On the other hand, if you’re considering selling diamond jewelry whose sentimental value has diminished but you’re still clinging to memories, Christine Clifford offers this piece of advice: “Recognize that while it was a part of your life at one time, and most likely represented someone or something important to you, you need to move on. Diamonds are only material things. Your peace of mind is more important.”

Sell Your Diamond Engagement Ring – Get Two Offers

Posted on: 25/08/2014 02:48 PM
Aug 25th 2014 Are you fed up of looking at your ex fiancé’s or ex-husbands engagement ring. Don’t Let it sit in your jewelry box and bother you each time. Do something about it. Your best option is to sell the diamond engagement ring. Unlike most other things in life jewelry and diamond rings hold their value. Engagement ring will not lose its value. You might visit your local pawn shop and feel disheartened however there are diamond buyers and collectors that you can find locally in Houston that might be interested in paying you higher than your local pawn shop. Before you start the hunt to find the highest bid on your diamond engagement ring you must shortlist at least two vendors online that seem legit and are offering you an appointment with their gemologist. Most times you may expect the owner of the diamond buying company to give you the best offer. Please look out for a gemologist in the worst case. After doing this go and get an offer from all the shortlisted diamond buyers and pan out your options. Is craigslist or eBay an option for the item you have? Sometimes they make a good option to try and fetch more. Most times you are better off asking the diamond buyer to pay you more for the diamond engagement ring. Good luck on your selling adventure. May the highest bidder for your diamond engagement ring get your item.

Martin Rapaport The Maverick

Posted on: 12/03/2014 04:52 PM
Martin Rapaport is one of the most influential men in the American diamond market. He is also one of the most controversial, widely regarded by his colleagues as a maverick. His career in the diamond industry began in Belgium in 1975, where he worked as an apprentice diamond cleaver. He founded the Rapaport Group in 1976. Two years later, he began circulating the Rapaport Diamond Report. This is a weekly list of the prices that dealers on Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York, aka “The Street,” are asking for polished stones. Roughly 80 percent of the diamond trade in America passes through The Street. As long as diamond prices were going up, Martin observes that nobody objected to his weekly report. When prices started to drop in 1980, his popularity among diamond sellers followed a similar decay curve. At one point, he was on the receiving end of bomb threats. In 2012, he was named to the JCK Power List of frontier-busters in the jewelry industry.Martin Rapaport – Profile of a Diamond Fanatic Today, the Rapaport Group employs 180 people. It has offices in Belgium, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Shanghai and the United States. The Group exists to promote free, fair, competitive and efficient diamond markets. In 1980, Rapaport set up RapNet, an electronic trading network for diamonds. The Group also maintains a number of diamond-related news sources in various formats . Martin played a key role in the establishment of the Kimberley Process, a certification scheme, in 2003 to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the mainstream diamond markets. Today, he leads the movement to counter the next big wave of corruption threatening to erode the integrity of the diamond industry, the sale of synthetic diamonds without disclosing them as such. Treated diamonds are not inherently evil. They are a legitimate art form in their own right. Passing them off as natural diamonds is not. Martin’s editorial on the subject, entitled, “Sinthetics,” is available at Diamonds.net/Sinthetics.http://www.diamonds.net/Docs/Synthetics/Sinthetics.pdf. Love him or hate him, Martin Rapaport stands for an ethical diamond trade, including the establishment of a Fair Trade Jewelry sector that will provide a decent living for the people who do the really hard work, the artisanal diggers, cutters and jewelry makers. As long as he is around to lead the trade, your diamonds are safe.

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