Well, if you've been following the "sending a stone of next week" thread, you'll know what my Girlfriend would prefer a colorless diamond to the pink that I have, so I've talked with David at DBL about selling it for me on consignment, but before we can go any further, I have to be able to tell him what I'd like to get for the stone.
Since I'm no expert on what the stone is worth, I've been trying to get an appraisal. (Not that an appraisal will tell me what the stone is actually worth, but at least it'll be a start!)
Jeweler offers "verbal appraisal" for free or a written insurance appraisal for $59.95 plus tax
I ask the jeweler if he's qualified to appraise colored diamonds. He assures me he is.
I ask for the verbal appraisal to start with. He takes out his Rapp sheet, and a calculator, and declares the value at $2007 for insurance purposes, and says that a written appraisal will say the same, but have more information for the insurance company etc.
I asked the jeweler why the price was that low, and he proceeded to inform me that the only colored diamonds worth more than colorless stones where blue, and any other color was worth less than a colorless diamond.
I asked if he had any fancy pink or yellow diamonds he'd like to sell me for $2500 a carat.
Another Jeweler offers either a free verbal appraisal or a $75 written appraisal.
I ask the jeweler if he's qualified to grade a colored diamond, he says he is. The jeweler then tells me that he's willing to write any price I'd like him to on the appraisal, but anything over $100,000 will cost $100 for the written appraisal.
, it might take a little while longer for me to figure it out
By the way, I'm really sorry you've had these bad experiences.
Sad to say, I'm not surpised.
Remember, it's not all that difficult for a person selling to be allright if they are not a complete and total expert on diamonds- of course it's not ideal- but at least if a seller has good sources, he can show, and sell nice diamonds.
If you put that person in the position of having to appraise things, it's a totaly different story.
In the case of a stone, which has an I1 clarity grade, there is always going to be a large detraction in the value.
For sure, the guy pulling out an industry price guide had no idea about anything- but he probably knew an I1 was at least something
he could use to try and ascertain the value.
Actually, the premise of trying to get an appraisal to find out how much you can get for the diamond, is also a faulty line of reasoning.
Generally, people get appraisals to look for replacement value, which has no relevance when a private individual is attempting to sell a diamond.
To get an accurate answer, you have to find someone who knew what these things sold for, and ask them what he thinks you could sell it for.
Although we are not ruling such business out, we are not actively seeking consignment business right now. However, when we do, the clients will need to send us their item so we can properly figure out what it can sell for.
Again, I'm sorry for what you've been through.