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
am passionate about Native American jewelry and would love to find a new home
for some of the items you wish to sell. We generally do not purchase baskets,
pottery, or artwork. But, we do purchase Native American fetish carvings and Native
American jewelry for our Internet Vintage
Shop. Please read this entire article to understand a little bit more about
older Native American jewelry and our buying process.
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"Ě 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,
do not 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 an art. To replace a stone in an inlay bracelet or
a squash blossom necklace from the 1940s and have it "blend" is
difficult to do. As we appraise a damaged piece, we have to factor in whether
it CAN be repaired and the repair costs.
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.
Read this article to help you establish
RETAIL value of your items. We purchase at wholesale.
to Determine the Value of your Item using eBay SOLD Feature"
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!
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.
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 doesn't work that way. As Mike Wolfe often says on American
Pickers, "There has to be some meat left on the bone" for
us to handle the piece and find a buyer.
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
a nutshell, here is how the process goes:
us an email to
. In the subject line of the email type this (it is important
to type this correctly so that the email goes to the right place):
JEWELRY - Your Full Name
In the body of the e-mail,
briefly list the Native American jewelry that you want to sell. We are much more
likely to buy lots, groups or entire collections rather than single pieces.
of bracelets or rings
NOT SEND UNSOLICITED PHOTOS - the email will
go to SPAM and we will not see it.
B. If your
collection sounds interesting, we will ask for one or two group photos and your
asking price. If you send more than a few photos, your e-mail could go to spam.
When establishing your asking price, refer to the article above and remember,
we purchase at wholesale, not retail prices.
What is a group photo? It is simply
laying 20-30 items, for example, out on a table and taking one photo showing the
Attach the group photos to the email
rather than inserting them into the email. Make sure each photo has a different
name. If you send 4 photos that have the same name (such as image.jpg) Paula will
only be able to see one of them. Please do not send each photo in a separate e-mail
- that could also send your e-mails to spam.
When you send requested photos and your asking price, repeat the subject line:
JEWELRY - Your Full Name
D. If the items
look like something that would be of interest to us and are within our budget,
follow this procedure:
- The seller ships to us
at their expense via US Post Office:
- the collection, carefully wrapped
- a list of the contents enclosed, signed and dated stating "I
am the owner of this collection and I have the legal authority to sell it."
Livermore CO 80536
Do not send
any jewelry without contacting us first Ė read
- Upon 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.
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."