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Socially-Distant, In-Office Appointments

Socially-Distant, In-Office Appointments Dear Friends and Clients: Since our last letter we’ve helped people just like you make money safely, easily, and very fast. Our clients looked in their jewelry boxes and found money in the form of unwanted jewelry.  They also found money in the form of sterling silver flatware and serving items which were sitting unused in their dining room and kitchen drawers.  D. Atlas Estates made it all happen IMMEDIATELY with our new FREE Fed Ex shipping option insured up to $75,000. For example, last Thursday our client Jane called our 24/7 number (610) 245-3100 and was easily able to make an appointment for the following morning. During our safe and relaxed time together, we were happy to purchase her 1.5 carat diamond and yellow gold ring.  Most importantly, Jane was happy to walk out with a check in hand for payment in full. Friday morning we also received [...]

Socially-Distant, In-Office Appointments

From the desk of Steven J. Schiffman, President D. Atlas Estates

From the Desk of Steven J. Schiffman Dear Friends and Clients: We hope this letter finds you safe and healthy. D. Atlas Estates wants you to know we are thinking of you, our previous clients, during these unusual and challenging times. It is reassuring to know we are all in this together and we are thankful for those who are keeping our lives safe, healthy and supplied. As a helpful reminder, D. Atlas Estates offers immediate appointments as well as free Fed Ex shipping insured up to $75,000. We will make it easy for you to sell your unwanted jewelry and are happy to help with immediate payment during these difficult times. Best wishes for good health and wellness. Sincerely, Steven Schiffman, President D. Atlas Estates 510 W. Lancaster Ave. Haverford, PA 19041 (610) 245-3100 Feel free to contact us for a no cost, no obligation consultation.  Learn more [...]

From the desk of Steven J. Schiffman, President D. Atlas Estates

If You Have a Diamond Ring You Want To Sell, Read This NOW!

If You Have a Diamond Ring You Want To Sell, Read This Now! If you are interested in selling your diamond in the secondary market to a buyer like us at D. Atlas Estates, this information is something you may benefit from knowing. It's getting harder every year for diamond merchants to get a good price for their product as competition within their landscape becomes more and more aggressive. First, there's mounting production costs of natural diamonds. And now lab-grown synthetic diamonds have gotten so good that they're almost indistinguishable from the kind that come out of the ground. On top of all that, some customers are turned off by the endemic violence in parts of diamond mining regions despite improvements made by implementation of Kimberley process certifications. Second, oversupply is a harder nut to crack. In July, Bloomberg wrote, "High-end jewelry sales are stagnating as other luxury offerings like shoes, handbags [...]

If You Have a Diamond Ring You Want To Sell, Read This NOW!

BrazilFoundation XVII

BrazilFoundation XVII We at D. Atlas Estates believe in giving back to worthy causes. One of those causes is the BrazilFoundation, a non-profit community outreach group in Brazil. Our mission is to be involved as best we can with any group that has an outstretched hand when helping others. We attended the BrazilFoundation XVII Gala Event at the Plaza Hotel in New York City last evening 9/12/19. WOW! It was fun, vibrant, and exciting. If you’re looking for a worthy endeavor, look at brazilfoundation.org Our contribution for the BrazilFoundation XVII Gala on 9/12/19 were these HUGE baroque pearls, 18-23mm, 18in long that were auctioned off at the Gala. We hope the new owners remember the Gala event as fondly as we do when wearing these pearls. Learn more about the value of your jewelry pieces so you can sell to a trustworthy source. D. Atlas Estates [...]

BrazilFoundation XVII

Understanding how different shapes of diamonds fluctuate in price in the secondary market

Understanding how different shapes of diamonds fluctuate in price in the secondary market The market price of a diamonds are affected by many factors, such as the 4C’s of diamond grading. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI-Au04g0MM&feature=youtu.be The shape of a diamond and how well it is cut is a contributing factor to the sale price. The diamond rough used to produce different shape diamonds commands different prices in the market, due to supply and demand. For example, diamond rough that can be cut into a round brilliant cut diamond commands a higher price than rough that can only be made into fancy cut diamonds. Why? Because brilliant cut diamonds outsell all other shapes by at least three to one. There are many nuances that can affect the market price of a diamond by as much as 60 percent in the secondary market. Is there a black carbon spot in the center of the [...]

Understanding how different shapes of diamonds fluctuate in price in the secondary market

Three things every seller should know about selling their jewelry

Three things every seller should know about selling their jewelry Selling a piece of jewelry doesn’t have to be a difficult task. A potential buyer’s online reviews could be very informative. https://youtu.be/_CGsmGQP1Sk Three things every seller should know about selling their jewelry: 1. Do your due diligence, get three competitive bids. By doing so you can have a realistic expectation on what your item is worth in the secondary market. 2. Ask a potential buyer if they’re willing to write a check today to back up their offer. 3. Decide in advance what you’re going to do with the funds from the item or items you’re going to sell. Selling your jewelry doesn’t have to be a difficult task. A potential buyer’s online reviews could be very informative. View our testimonials. We welcome the opportunity to be helpful. Please call us with any question you may have, we will be [...]

Three things every seller should know about selling their jewelry

Why does Antique Jewelry have a higher quality of workmanship than some modern jewelry

Why does Antique Jewelry have a higher quality of workmanship than some modern jewelry? Antique and vintage jewelry is often imitated but rarely duplicated. Even in high-end bespoke modern pieces, it’s nearly impossible to find the same level of quality and workmanship as we commonly see in antique and vintage jewelry.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkD25xF09bk&feature=youtu.be Antique and vintage jewels were made by highly-skilled craftsmen who took their time, often creating intricate and unique pieces on a custom made basis, rather than for the mass market. This is evident in the high standard of workmanship we see in antique and vintage jewelry. Vintage jewelry is more delicate and refined than most of the pieces that are produced today. Vintage jewelry was made by artisans, masters of their craft, so you can anticipate the highest quality. Not only is the craftsmanship of the highest quality, but the fact that they’re made by hand also [...]

Why does Antique Jewelry have a higher quality of workmanship than some modern jewelry

GIA vs Insurance Appraisal

GIA vs Insurance Appraisal When selling your jewelry in the secondary market, a different market than the retail market, it is very important to understand the differences between the types of evaluations your items can go through beforehand. An insurance appraisal and a Gemological Institute of America laboratory report are two completely different documents. An insurance appraisal may use a GIA report as a point of reference. The insurance appraisal is for your protection in case of a loss. It is a matter of opinion. The GIA report is the most reliable source of establishing what you have. It is considered a fact. Established in 1931, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. It's for public benefit, and a nonprofit institute. The GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry. Also, it's important to [...]

GIA vs Insurance Appraisal

Get Ahead of The Recession! Make it Work For You.

Get in front of the coming recession. Have you forgotten how devastating the great recession was? You can beat the coming recession blues! Financial experts across the country are speculating that the U.S. is due for another economic recession. Financial experts across the country are speculating that the U.S. is due for another economic recession. According to The Balance, there have been 11 recessions since the end of World War II and each time these recessions occur they are preceded by substantial economic growth. Forbes Magazine takes the position, "Activity measures like retail sales, industrial production and employment, the U.S. economy does not seem to be on the brink of slowing down. But it is a perverse fact that such measures have been at their highest points, and even at record levels<, just before falling a few months later under the weight of an economic downturn." The New York Times says, [...]

Get Ahead of The Recession! Make it Work For You.

How you can make money selling jewelry on the secondary market

How you can make money selling jewelry on the secondary market Many people decide to sell their unwanted jewelry to an estate jewelry buyer like us, D. Atlas Estates. We understand the nuances that make a beautiful piece of jewelry worth much more than its component parts. "Signed" or "name brand" pieces of jewelry will retain a greater value than a piece that isn't signed in the secondary market. Signed jewelry indicates the name of the jewelry house or maker with an engraving on the underside of the piece or the inside of a ring. Jewelry makers began signing their work during the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau periods, from about 1860 onwards.A non signed piece is worth the total of its intrinsic parts (gold, silver, gems, etc).For example, a Tiffany & Co. silver item is more valuable in the secondary market than a non signed piece of jewelry. This [...]

How you can make money selling jewelry on the secondary market

Cubic Zirconia vs. Diamonds

Cubic Zirconia vs. Diamonds Would you like to know the advantages and disadvantages of Cubic Zirconia and how it differs from Diamond? Cubic Zirconia is a substitute for Diamond.  It is made of a synthetic material that is not as hard as diamond. One of the most important differences between Cubic Zirconia and Diamond is that Zirconia is almost entirely flawless.  Being created artificially Zirconia does not have any inclusions.  An additional characteristic of Zirconia is that it is less durable than Diamond.  This stone is more brittle than Diamond but what you have to be aware of mainly is that Zirconia scratches so easily and will start to look worn. A Cubic Zirconia corresponds to that of a Diamond having a high grad of color.  Zirconia is purely colorless and will not have any shades present in the stone.  So, if you purchase a Cubic Zirconia, no need to [...]

Cubic Zirconia vs. Diamonds

Temple St. Clair

Temple St. Clair With her High Jewellery collection, Temple St. Clair celebrates a connoisseur level of gemstones with one-of-a-kind pieces born out of an ongoing quest for the rarest stones in the world such.  Many jewelry designs include patterned Lightning Ridge Australian Black Opal, electric blue Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline, fiery African Tsavorite. In addition, her iconic Royal Blue Moonstone. Temple St. Clair founded her company in 1986 in Florence, Italy.  That same year, St. Clair became the first fine jeweler to be represented and carried by Barneys New York. St. Clair's Haute Couture Jewellery collection represents artistry that's most collectible. Uncompromising in her choice of materials and execution, St. Clair explores themes. All the themes are meaningful to her through a lens of whimsy and discovery. Meanwhile, her critically acclaimed, Mythical Creatures from The Golden Menagerie, made its début at the Louvre Museum in Paris in January 2015. The second [...]

Temple St. Clair

Boucheron

Boucheron Before opening his own jewelry store in 1858, Frédéric Boucheron apprenticed at the fashionable Parisian jewelry house Deschamps. Though he started with little capital and a small stock of jewelry, Boucheron quickly attracted Parisian trendsetters’ attention. Among his specialties were lacy gold metalwork embellished with diamonds and engraved diamonds (uncommon still today). The gemstones he used were carefully selected for color and quality. Even Boucheron’s most accomplished competitors, like André Massin, praised the firm's pieces for their “faultless craftsmanship.” The jewels were also unusual. As fellow jeweler and historian Henri Vever said, Boucheron designed jewelry that “very few of his colleagues would have dared to make at the time.”. As a result, the company developed a faithful and growing clientele including Tiffany & Co. He died in 1902, leaving the firm to his son Louis. The business was in good shape. Nine years earlier, in 1893, Boucheron had taken up residence [...]

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Mario Buccellati

Mario Buccellati A timeless design aesthetic and refined craftsmanship have always been at the center of the Buccellati universe. Buccellati's house’s have an unrelenting desire to create objects of rare beauty has established its distinct. The jewelry has inimitable style, and has set it far apart from the rest of its competitors. In 1919 Mario Buccellati opened his first enterprise. By 1949 he was commissioned to create an icon by Pope Pius XII for Princess Margaret to mark the extraordinary power of the first visit of a British Royal to Vatican City in hundreds of years. Magnificent Buccellati jewelry works of art can be admired today at the Chianciano Art Museum in Tuscany. After the establishment of stores in Milan, Rome and Florence, began the development of Buccellatti's business by opening a new store on Fifth Avenue in New York in 1954. In addition, another store opened in Worth Avenue [...]

Mario Buccellati

Patek Phillippe

Patek Phillippe Patek Philippe is one of the oldest and longest standing watch companies. In nearly two centuries of business, they’ve pioneered countless pieces of technology. These innovations have contributed to the advancement of modern watchmaking and resulted in some of the finest timepieces ever made. Today, Patek Philippe is widely regarded as one of the premiere watchmakers in the world. Their work began in 1839. That year, Antoine Patek and his partner François Czapek began creating custom pocket watches. Their clientele focused on royalty and other elite members of society. Five years later in 1844, Patek attended the Exposition Nationale des Produits de L’Industrie in Paris, France. It was here that he met a man named Adrien Philippe. At the exposition, Philippe was awarded a bronze medal for his innovative keyless winding and hand-setting system. Within a year, Patek and Philippe went into business together, forming the brand we [...]

Patek Phillippe

David Yurman Jewelry

David Yurman His cable bracelets are a signature piece of jewelry that are now coveted by women all over the world. David Yurman, as a jewelry designer, is known throughout the United States as a jewelry craftsman and jewelry designer. There are 18 boutiques which include locations spanning from White Plains and Manhasset in New York to Beverly Hills. Today, David Yurman jewelry is worn by many celebrities. For example, Bradd Pitt, Charlize Theron and Renee Zellweger. The classic signature sterling silver cable bracelets are considered a staple for women. He currently enjoys a world-wide reputation for his jewelry. Yurman was born on October 12, 1942 in Long Island, New York. From an early age, he was captivated with design and art. As a student, he sold statues out of the cafeteria at school. He thought of himself as a designer and dropped out of college in the 1960’s. He [...]

David Yurman Jewelry
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