What to Do with Inherited Jewelry

What to Do with Inherited Jewelry
Worthy Staff

By Worthy Staff | Jun 29th, 2019

So, you’ve inherited a few fine jewelry pieces. Among them, you find an inherited engagement ring with a European cut diamond, a pair of lovely pearl earrings, a diamond tennis bracelet that’s far too formal for you to wear everyday, and a wonderful antique brooch that was already an antique when it was passed down to the last relative! The question is, what to do with inherited jewelry? Here, we’ll take a look at a few options.

Keeping the Pieces You Want

There’s no question about it: Heirloom jewelry is a treasure, often with an important story to tell. If the items have great personal significance, then it’s a good idea to keep the jewelry and enjoy it. If you decide to keep the jewelry, then there are a few different things that you can do with it.

Antique drop diamond earrings with European cut diamonds
Antique drop diamond earrings with European cut diamonds. Sold for $3,700
oval cut ruby drop earrings; round cut tennis bracelet
Left: oval cut ruby drop earrings, sold for $1,263. Right: round cut tennis bracelet, sold for $8,566.

Selling: where do I start?

Selling inherited jewelry is a very common way to transform pieces into funds towards a meaningful experience or life improvements. Some people feel guilty about even considering selling inheritance jewelry, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. If you have items that you are never going to wear or enjoy, you can still create a tribute to the previous owner’s memory. Imagine sending your kids, or yourself to college with money from an unworn piece of jewelry or perhaps a renovated room that you can create new memories in. The possibilities are endless with this option.

10.01 CT Fancy Yellow Diamond ring
This inherited 10.01 CT Fancy Yellow Diamond ring was recently sold at Worthy for $78,185! Learn the story behind this auction here.

If you’ve made the decision to sell inherited jewelry, you of course want to do so in the most responsible way possible. Before starting this process, consider the following:

antique ring

With these in mind, you may want to consider selling your jewelry online with a secure service. We at Worthy take care of every aspect of selling inherited jewelry. Grading, cleaning. cataloging, photographing are just a few of the services we provide, not to mention fully insured, complimentary shipping to our facilities.

We hope this gives you some ideas about what to do with inherited jewelry. If you’re not sure what you have, or if you wonder if it’s a good idea to sell your items, feel free to chat with one of our experts online. Selling inherited jewelry isn’t right for everyone, but it may be the best course of action for you.

Worthy Staff

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