How to Sell Antique Native American Jewelry

February 08, 2020 - Antiques, Art and Collectibles

Selling jewelry isn’t exactly an everyday task, especially when it’s antique Native American jewelry.

These are things most people hold onto as long as they can until for whatever reason, they need to sell.

When that time comes, though, it’s hard to figure out what the best price for your jewelry is and how to find a reputable buyer. If you’ve recently decided to put your antique Native American jewelry up for sale, use the guide below to help you do so.

Gather the Collection

Have you ever seen a pair of earrings that you loved so much, you decided to get the matching necklace? This happens to stylish shoppers all the time. It’s hard to leave the store with just one part of a jewelry collection when the other piece(s) is staring right at you.

As such, if you’re going to sell your jewelry, you may as well sell the whole set. This can be harder to let go of, but it gives you more money in the long run.

Instead of selling all your Native American earrings or bracelets, find one or two designs you can do without. Then, put the entire sets aside to sell.

Clean the Jewelry

Once you’ve chosen what you’re going to sell, clean it up. Be careful, though.

You want to clean the jewelry properly so that it looks good as new to potential buyers, but you don’t want to use harsh chemicals and potentially damage your pieces. Look up DIY jewelry cleaners or research the best products you can buy off the shelves before wiping away dirt and dust.

Get it Appraised

The next step in selling antique Native American jewelry is to get it appraised. You can go to an antique specialist or a pawn shop. It may actually be in your favor to get a number from both; this way, you have a full understanding of what your jewelry is worth.

Don’t skip this step and try to come up with a number yourself. Unless you know a thing or two about antique jewelry, you’re going to be shooting in the dark. This will leave you with either a price that’s too high that no one will buy, or one that’s too low which will leave you without the value you deserve.

Find the Right Seller

Speaking of selling for the right value, consider handing your jewelry off for someone else to sell. When you take your jewelry to a consignment shop or pawn shop, you can usually get the set sold faster than you’d be able to on your own. Not to mention, it will sell for a fair price.

Make sure you understand the difference between each option. A consignment shop will only give you the money for your jewelry once the items have been sold to a buyer. A pawn shop will give you the money upfront, then keep the profit they make when a buyer comes in and takes the jewelry home.

Get the Best Value for Your Antique Native American Jewelry

Whether you just want to get old jewelry off your hands or you need to sell your antique Native American jewelry for some quick cash, it’s always best to get the highest sale possible. Using the guide above will help you do that.

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David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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