What is Inheritance Jewelry?
Inheritance jewelry is a piece of jewelry passed down through a family, usually once the owner has passed away. However, that’s not always the case. Some living family members may pass down a piece of jewelry once their child has hit an important milestone.
You may have inherited by chance or by birthright. In this article, we’ll talk about things you can do with inheritance jewelry passed down from loved ones who are no longer with us.
Inheritance Jewelry vs Antique Jewelry vs Estate Jewelry
Both inheritance jewelry and estate jewelry are often used interchangeably in the jewelry industry. Many people assume that inheritance jewelry and estate jewelry are also antique jewelry.
Inheritance jewelry is typically passed down within a family but may come from a close friend or another important person. The previous owner of the inheritance jewelry may or may not be deceased.
Estate jewelry is usually a collection of jewelry that has come from an estate. This jewelry can come from a deceased previous owner, or someone wanting to rid themselves of extra clutter.
Typically, the jewelry buyer doesn’t know the previous owner personally. Many estate jewelry collections can be found for auction on sites like eBay.
What If I Don’t Like the Jewelry I Inherited?
Jewelry has evolved through many styles and periods. Certain jewelry eras periods were responsible for a whole era of jewelry trends, such as the Art Deco period or the Victorian jewelry era.
Even vintage engagement rings might not be to everyone’s taste. You may not even like or wear jewelry at all. A lot of people feel guilty about not liking or wearing inheritance jewelry. So, they search for options to repurpose their inheritance jewelry, so it doesn’t go to complete waste.
4 Ideas for Inheritance Jewelry You Don’t Like
You and the person you inherited your jewelry from are different people, so it stands to reason that you might not like the same piece of jewelry. You shouldn’t let anyone pressure you to wear jewelry you don’t like.
At the end of the day, the person you inherited your jewelry from most likely would want you to wear it if you like it, not out of guilt.
● Pass It Down to Your Oldest Child
Typically, inheritance jewelry is passed down to the oldest children when passed by a parent or grandparent. Parents of young children may keep inheritance jewelry safe until they are old enough to wear and take care of it.
● Resetting Inherited Stones into a New Jewelry Piece
If your inherited jewelry has diamonds or gemstones, consider having them re-set into a new piece of jewelry. You have more control of the style, but still use the same stones from your inheritance jewelry.
● Gift It to Someone Special
Maybe you have someone in your life that would love your inherited jewelry. You may know someone that wears jewelry or has a similar style to your loved one.
● Sell Your Jewelry Inheritance
For many, selling their inheritance jewelry is a different ball game than not wearing it all. It’s one thing to pass it to someone you know selling it to a stranger can be different. Some family members may be against it.
Guilt should never be a factor when choosing to sell your jewelry for cash. Anything is better than a piece of valuable jewelry being unloved and untouched. There’s nothing wrong with selling jewelry you won’t wear.
Places you can sell your jewelry for cash:
● Pawn shops
- Trade Up Retailers
- Facebook Marketplace
- Mercari/ Poshmark
- Cash for Gold
- Professional Jewelry Appraisers
Wherever you choose to sell your jewelry, we hope that you use an industry professional. Marketplace sites and pawn shops usually undervalue engagement rings by 50%. A professional jewelry consignment shop like us won’t.
How Truval Honors and Appraises Your Inheritance Jewelry
Whether you’ve inherited one piece of jewelry or an entire jewelry collection, Truval can appraise your inherited jewelry with care and a fair price.
The truth is most people at pawn shops or on resale marketplaces don’t understand or care about the sentimental value you might have with inheritance jewelry.
Truval knows how hard it can be to sell your jewelry for cash, especially if it means a lot to you. We don’t treat our customers like a business transaction. We won’t push you to sell or barter either.
If you want to sell your jewelry, Truval can give you an accurate and fair price. You have the option of bringing your inheritance jewelry to our home office in New York City, or you can fill out our online contact form to begin to sell your jewelry to us virtually.
When you book a 30 min appointment at our home office, a trained jewelry appraiser will sit down with you and appraise all your inheritance jewelry in front of you. We will come up with an offer and present it to you.
You are under no obligation or pressure to accept our offer. If you accept, you can walk out with a check that same day, or we can wire it to your bank if you prefer. If you don’t agree with our offer, you’re more than welcome to shop around.
Our appraisers at Truval have extensive experience as jewelry appraisers and our price payouts for previously owned jewelry tend to be some of the highest in the business. Not only that, but we treat our customers and their jewelry like family.
You can guarantee your inherited jewelry will go to good use. It will be repurposed into new jewelry right here at our diamond facility. Your recycled jewelry reduces mining costs and carbon footprint. It can be an ethical option to sell your jewelry for cash to Truval.
Are you curious about what Truval can do for your inheritance jewelry? Please fill out our contact form and start the journey to sell your jewelry to a professional and fair company today.