So, you have decided to sell your diamond, but you don’t have paperwork. Maybe you received it as an heirloom or purchased it an estate sale. Or, perhaps you simply misplaced all of the accompanying documents. Whatever the reason, the thought of missing documents can be concerning, especially if it’s your first time selling jewelry.
You might also wonder if you can sell a diamond without paperwork. Instead of crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, take a moment to learn about these documents and what they mean.
What counts as paperwork?
The “paperwork” of a diamond refers to one of two documents: a certificate or an appraisal. Each document has different information, so it’s important to understand the difference between certificates and appraisals.
A certificate is a diamond’s grading report. It includes important details about the stone, such as weight, dimensions, color, clarity, and cut — just to name a few.
You can receive diamond certificates from various sources, but it’s wise to get them from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or American Gem Society (AGS). Both organizations are the most trusted sources for certificates. The GIA and AGS abide by strict guidelines, so you can be sure that your report is detailed and accurate.
If you buy a “certified diamond”, the certificate came with your piece. Otherwise, you can send in your diamond and order a grading report.
An appraisal is a document that assigns a diamond a monetary value. Unlike a certificate, it doesn’t provide facts or details about the diamond’s fractures. Plus, since appraisals are based on professional opinion and expertise, it’s possible to receive different appraisals from different reviewers.
Appraisals are useful for insurance purposes. But if you don’t have an appraisal — and want to get one before you sell — don’t bother. Your best move is to go straight to an experienced jewelry buyer who can provide an accurate resale price.
Why is paperwork useful for selling diamonds?
If you have a certificate or appraisal, bring them along when you meet with a jewelry buyer. These papers will help the buyer learn more about the product at hand. Plus, if you have a certificate, you can provide evidence about your diamond’s unique features.
But what happens if you don’t have documents? You might be stumped on what to do next…
Visit Southwest Jewelry Buyers, where paperwork is not necessary to sell diamonds.
No documents? No worries. Come see us at Southwest Jewelry Buyers in Phoenix. You’ll be happy to know that we can inspect and grade diamonds, whether or not you have papers.
Our team has been professionally trained at the GIA. We can determine the most important features of your diamond, such as color, cut, and carat weight.
Therefore, it’s possible to sell a diamond to us even if you don’t have paperwork. We also promise to pay top dollar through honest, stress-free transactions and one-on-one appointments.