How To Buy and Sell Fine Jewelry - Large Diamonds & Gemstones
What to buy now? Singer says that, unsurprisingly, iconic brands and styles still offer the greatest value. But beyond mainstays like Cartier, Tiffany, David Webb, and Van Cleef & Arpels, newer names are gaining traction. "David Yurman, in a relatively short time, has gone a very long way," says Singer. "The Elsa Peretti Bean necklace in all sizes—silver or gold—has withstood the test of time. And anything Tiffany by Jean Schlumberger is coveted in the secondary market. Seaman Schepps—if I had a pair of their classic shell earrings, I would bring them out." When it comes to watches, it's all about rose gold, particularly if the watch is a Rolex. "Their rose gold is a little redder than others," he explains. "The method by which they combine the alloy is proprietary. It's sort of like the Coca-Cola recipe." Other tips: Save certifications and original packaging, and don't refurbish items for resale. "Many of our clients—wisely—buy a piece of jewelry, wear it for a few years, and then look in their jewelry box and think, I forgot I owned this piece. They'll sell it, and use the money to buy something else." Nevertheless, Singer says, investing in fine jewelry is "more an art than a science." He adds, "Buy what you love."
From top:David Yurmancuff, 212-752-4255;Seaman Scheppscuff, 212-753-9520;Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.necklace, 800-843-3269;David Webbearrings, .
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