My client came to me with a 1.5 ct diamond in an earring she found in the bathroom at an amusement park. She had tried to find the original owner to no avail. Her search for the value of the stone took her to Jewelers Row in Chicago, where one dealer gave her an offer. She also showed the diamond to a prominent Chicago area jewelry store, and was told that it was not anything special. Then she came to me. I found an inscription on the edge of the diamond, suspecting that it was GIA-certified. When I plugged the identification number into the GIA website, up popped the certificate! This automatically increased the value of the diamond to potential buyers. I vetted the stone to several of the diamond dealers with whom I regularly work and got her double the initial offer. It was an unexpected Christmas present at a time when her husband was out of work!
It pays to do your homework when the time comes to sell your diamonds or make a purchase. Contact me for a private consultation.
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