I have a lot of very old Native American jewelry, in these difficult economic
times I feel I might need to sell some of them even though it breaks my heart.
I would not ever have thought I would contact someone about these. I also have
a huge collection of baskets, carvings, and original artist’s drawings & paintings.
The jewelry is: one very large turquoise stone bracelet over 150 years old, a
necklace on string that has large chunks of turquoise separated by black tubes
of a stone the turquoise gets smaller as it gets closer to your neck, handmade
silver beads held together with old silver chain, many other sets of Indian jewelry,
rings, and bracelets from the 1960- to 1979ish times. Are you interested in the
newer pieces from the 60-late 70’s? Thank you for your time. J
we do buy used Native American jewelry for our Internet Pawn
Shop, but read this entire article to understand a little bit more about older
Native American jewelry.
Do I Do with My Wifes Jewelry? - We are often
contacted by people who either have inherited a relative’s collection or who have
been collectors themselves and need to downsize. In both cases, often a person’s
perception of the value of an item or a collection is influenced by their emotions
and what they “feel” something is worth. In the case of a widower dispersing his
wife’s jewelry, it is easy to see that there could be emotional attachment to
the pieces. And if a collector has certain memories associated with a piece, that
piece is worth more to that person because of the emotional element.
that Affect Value of Native American Jewelry - Like
other goods, Native American jewelry value is based on certain criteria. These
The artists reputation
- The scarcity of the
- The age of the piece
The quality of workmanship
- The condition (see specifics
- The weight of sterling silver and gold
- The quality and size of the stones used
The overall aesthetics of the piece.
the tarnish that forms on sterling silver, is not a problem, in fact, to many
collectors it is an asset. So before you sell vintage pieces or get them appraised,
don’t clean them up !
Cracks, broken stones, missing
stones, loose stones, misshapen bracelets, missing fasteners and bent pieces are
a different story – they all decrease the value of the piece. Repair of vintage
Native American jewelry is usually cost prohibitive and the final outcome can
leave something to be desired. To replace a stone in a squash blossom necklace
from the 1940s and have it “blend” is difficult to do.
you offer a piece for sale, inspect it carefully with a magnifying glass for missing
pieces, cracks, chips, and other defects. In the majority of lots we have purchased,
although all might be said to be in undamaged condition, there are always a few
pieces that have one piece of inlay missing or a couple of broken or replaced
stones in a turquoise necklace or other such things. We assume they were just
missed by the seller but the fact that they are damaged usually means that we
value them very low or at zero when making an offer.
Value - Quite often a seller will contact us after they have taken the collection
to a pawn shop or a precious metals buyer and learned that the only offer they
will get there is scrap price (the value of the meltdown of sterling silver and
gold) for their collection. They are heartbroken at the thought of seeing such
fine and cherished work destroyed. In some cases like that we come to the rescue
and find good homes for pieces in the collection!
other cases, a seller will take their items to a knowledgeable person and learn
that what they thought was sterling silver is not. Or that the items were made
in Mexico or Asia and although they have a Native American look, they are not
authentic Native American Made. Even if the seller does his or her homework, and
in good faith sends what he thinks is a Native American collection, when we receive
it, 20% of the items are either not authentic Native American made or have some
damage that decreases their value. Those items usually go into our Bargain Barn
which is like a garage sale on the internet –a place where things go where the
origin is unknown or the item is in rough shape.
Have you ever watched Pawn Stars? Rick Harrison will call in an expert
and that expert will authenticate a piece and give it a value in front of the
seller. “You have a nice XYZ here and in a collectors auction, it could go for
$2000” so then Rick will turn to the customer and ask, “So what do you want for
it?” and the seller says “How about $2000?” Then we get Rick’s endearing laugh
and he says, “How about $500?”
expect to get retail or close to it when you sell a collection or even a single
piece. It just doesnt work that way.
not do appraisals for estates or insurance purposes. We do not make offers based
on photos. We evaluate items and collections that are sent to us following the
process outlined below. That is how we arrive at an offer.
Buying and Selling Process - In a nutshell, here is
how the process goes:
Send us an email (see box below)
briefly outlining what you have. Do not send unsolicited photos, they will go
to SPAM and we will not see them.
If it sounds like
something we might be interested in purchasing, we will ask for one or two group
photos and your asking price. Please only send a few photos. We will ask for more
if we need them.
If it seems like the items would
be of interest to us and are within our budget, we outline the following procedure:
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- The seller ships the
collection to us at their expense, carefully wrapped and insured, and with a detailed
list of contents. Do not send any jewelry without contacting us first – read
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arrival, we closely inspect each item, research the documentation or hallmarks,
and assign a value to each piece.
- We make
an offer on the collection.
- If the offer
is accepted, we pay promptly via PayPal or check.
the offer would be rejected, we would ship the lot back to the seller, insured
and at the sellers expense.
the above detailed process and the fact that we offer fair prices, in all the
years we have been doing this, we have come to an agreement with all but one seller
– we have only had to return one collection. As they say: a win-win situation.
Tip from Paula:
"Please contact me via e-mail,
, about items you want to
sell. Phone messages will not be answered. We ARE interested in hearing what you
have for sale and ask that you follow our guidelines."