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  • Jun 02 / 2014
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Antique Gold and Jewelry, Gold

Where to Sell Gold and Jewelry?

If you are looking for how to sell your gold jewelry successfully for cash, you will quickly learn there are a number of options available to you. The goal is to find the one that will give you the most money for your piece, right?

There are a decent number of antique dealers, pawn shops and cash-for-jewelry options throughout Florida. But don’t make the mistake of going to the first one you find and assuming it is the best deal you’ll find. It is important to do a little research to ensure you are not giving up your gold for less than it is actually worth.

We have are always happy to come and visit you, or you can visit us after appointement. We are always happy to do house calls for our clients and save you from all the hassles of travelling.

How Much is Your Gold Jewelry Worth?

While considering the different ways to sell your gold jewelry, it is important to first determine how much your piece is worth. What is its value? What is its source, and quality? When you bring it to an experienced antique buyer they will be able to give you an honest market analysis and assessment. Some places, such as Sarasota Antique Buyers, will even give you a free verbal evaluation– without any obligation to sell the piece to us.

Simply knowing how valuable the item is can help you proceed in deciding where to sell your gold.

Although many people would rather have cash than the antique gold jewelry they never wear, doesn’t mean they want the items to be melted down and destroyed. At Sarasota Antique Buyers, we never do this. As seasoned antique collectors we take items in their original form– from individual pieces to entire collections.

Selling Your Gold Through Sarasota Antique Buyers

We offer a number of services for selling antiques, and will work closely and efficiently with anyone interested in learning more about how to sell gold jewelry. Some of our options include:

Brokering: We will help you determine the market value of your antiques before proceeding with the selling process. You have the option of working with a collector, dealer, or through an auction.

Consignment: When you cosign your antique items you are given a platform to sell them on a national, and sometimes international, level. We can help you do this through our internet sales.

Sell Gold Jewelry for Cash Service.

At Sarasota Antique Buyers, although we would love for you to stop by, we don’t even require you to come to us for a free verbal evaluation. All you have to do is send us an email with a quick description, and a high quality photograph of your gold jewelry. We are also interested in buying gold jewelry as shown in the above image.

Gold Identification Marks

To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 941-373-1234, or send us an email at alan@sarasotaantiquebuyers.com.

  • May 21 / 2014
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Antique Paintings

What You Need to Know About Post-Impressionistic Paintings

Post-impressionistic example

Anyone looking to learn more about, buy, or sell antique post-impressionistic paintings should enjoy our blog post this week.  Prepare yourself for an abridged history lesson that will hopefully prove to be an informative and interesting journey!

What is Post-Impressionism?

In order to adequately answer this question, we must first briefly review the predating style that inspired these artists: Impressionism. This style first began in France during the late 1800’s and utilized broad, rapid strokes to depict realistic subjects. Impressionism is most widely recognized for its works in oil on canvas but was expressed in other mediums as well.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, post-impressionistic paintings were the result of several French artists who saw the works of Claude Monet and his peers and were inspired by them.  This small pool of revival artists consisted of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin and Georges Seurat.  While all of these painters knew each other, none of them worked together.  Instead the artists found different inspiration from these works, and each developed their own unique style, experimenting in different ways than their peers.

From these artists’ work with post-impressionistic paintings, sprang many of the movements that followed during the 20th century.  Even though none were well known during their own lifetimes, many of their paintings now sell for millions to collectors.

So what do I need to know about selling post-impressionistic paintings?

If you want to sell antique paintings, it’s imperative that you first have the work appraised by someone with extensive experience on the topic, who has dealt with this kind of art before.  The importance of finding every scrap of information available cannot be understated if you hope to make an informed decision.

While it may seem simple enough to identify works by well-known artists, they don’t always come with easily identifiable markings to tell who painted it.  Some works aren’t signed, and others are little known or are pieces that have, as-of-yet, gone undiscovered.

Hopefully, after reading this, you’ve taken away some new knowledge that will be of use to you.  And if you do think you may have a work of value, then contact us today for a free verbal appraisal!

If you are also looking to sell post-impressionist paintings, we are interested in buying the ones which have the likes of antique painting shown in the picture above. Contact us at 9413731234.

  • Dec 19 / 2013
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Silver

Sterling Silver vs. Plated

Antique Sterling silver

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you have a sterling silver or plated item. If you have antique jewelry, flatware, hollowware, hallmarks, etc. that you have no use for, you should strongly consider selling them to an expert antique buyer in Sarasota, Tampa or St. Petersburg.

Whether or not you’re interested in selling the item, the more you know about its worth, the better. Do your research so you have a better idea for its value in the event you ever do choose to sell it.

Also, definitely do not write something off as having no value just because it isn’t something you consider attractive or useful. If it’s a vintage piece it’s valuable to someone— even if the only thing it’s doing for you is collecting dust!

Silver antiques are some of the most common types of pieces for antique dealers to collect. Many people don’t realize there are different types of silver, and yours may not be sterling. Sometimes antique pieces are plated, meaning they are primarily made with another base metal such as copper, nickel, or brass, and sprayed with a top layer of silver. So how can you tell the difference? Sometimes you can’t (unless you are experienced in the field). But there are a few hints to look for:

Sterling vs. Plated Silver:

  • If it’s sterling silver it will almost always have a stamp labeling it so, or the number “925.” If it has either of these markings it’s an American antique.
  • If your piece has neither, it’s most likely plated. If it has markings of “EP,” “EPNS,” or no markings at all, it’s also likely to be plated. But you should still have it tested by our expert antique dealers in Sarasota, Tampa, and St. Petersburg just to be sure.
  • Sterling is much more expensive, as it’s composed of 92% pure silver. Most European silver is hallmarked—meaning it has a hammer and punch stamp identifying its manufacturer/origin.
  • If it turns acid into a reddish/brown color, it’s not pure.
  • Sterling can, and usually does, last forever. Silver-plated pieces can last approximately 20 years if cared for properly.

The only way to know the true market value of your antiques, and to determine their worth, is to bring them to an antique buyer in Sarasota, St. Petersburg or Tampa. We offer free verbal evaluations. You just need to email us photos (in natural lighting) with descriptions of each piece. We also buy and sell gold jewelry, paintings, porcelain, Asian art and antiques, bronzes, etc. For more information about selling your sterling silver you can contact us using the form on our site.

If you possess antique silver items as shown in the above image and you are willing to sell them, you may call us at 9413731234.