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What You Need to Know About Gold

Gold PileMost of the news has been negative lately.  But there is a ray of light for jewelry owners who want to sell their little worn jewelry or broken and damaged chains.  Gold prices have reached more than $1940 per troy ounce, an increase of more than 27 percent in 2020 alone.

Jewelry appraiser and Graduate Gemologist Ben Gordon reports he is now seeing more clients interested in learning what their items are worth if they should need to sell to raise money in these challenging financial times.

Mr. Gordon, explains, “we weigh and test for the purity.” Purity is commonly known as 10K, 14K or 18K. “24K, pure gold, is mostly found in coins, he adds.”

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Much of the gold that is sold ends up in the melting pot somewhere, but Mr. Gordon tells his clients if there is something of extraordinary value that should be rescued or perhaps even sold at auction or directly to a jewelry dealer.

It is certainly worthwhile so spend a few dollars ($$) to learn who will pay the best price to a seller.  Especially when that seller could potentially receive thousands of dollars ($$$$) for their tangled jewelry.

“Know what you should expect as a fair price, before you sell,” the Jewelry Judge recommends. “And be aware of current gold pricing.  We’re here to help achieve the best outcome for our clients.”

Virtual online and in person consultations are available by appointment.

Call 713 961-1432 or book online

The Gold Rush 2020

Houston Jewelry Appraiser Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon - Prospecting for Gold 2020We love prospecting for gold!

Gold prospecting is the act of searching for gold in old jewelry and shoe boxes. What’s in your Closet?

Bring in your old jewelry boxes and have the Jewelry Judge sort and value the jewelry and gold.

This is traditionally an estate activity, either by someone dividing up jewelry among children or the heirs who inherited a mix of jewelry after the loss of a family member.

We will separate the fine jewelry and precious metals from costume, identify quality, identify the designer/manufacturer, provide documentation and value the items in your treasure chest. We will also refer you to trusted buyers, consignors or auction houses which are appropriate for your items of value.

During the current economic down turn, selling precious metals and fine jewelry or watches is once again not only popular, but in some cases a necessity.  We experienced this in 2015 when gold was at $1,400 an ounce, today it is selling at more than $1,900 an ounce.

We can help you turn gold into cash!

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Schedule a Live Online Visit with The Jewelry Judge!

Ring1Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon is known for his While You Watch consultations and appraisals.

Now, clients don’t even have to leave home to schedule a professional consultation.

The Jewelry Judge offers personal online visits by pre-arrangement. Send him photos of jewelry by email ahead of time and connect within twenty-four hours via Zoom, Skype or Facetime, depending upon your computer or preferred mobile device. He will respond with details about how to ‘log in’ to meet with him.

What Do You Need to Know?

  • Thinking about selling– find out what you should expect to receive if selling jewelry!
  • Replacement value insurance appraisal – learn how much it would take to replace your engagement ring.
  • Sorting through estate pieces – did you inherit a shoe box full of jewelry and need to know what’s worth keeping?
  • Setting up your e-Bay store – Want to know what’s a fair price to ask for your items?
  • Confirming an online purchase – It looks smaller in the box than on your screen; did you receive what you paid for?

Houston Jewelry Appraiser Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon - Online Appraisal“At our gem lab, we have always done appraisals in full view of our clients,” Mr. Gordon affirms. “Of course, we miss the person- to-person office visits, but we’re happy to be able to continue to help with virtual online consultations.”

Most items with a GIA or AGS laboratory grading report (even if the report is twenty years old) are eligible for online valuations. For others, you may only need a verbal consultation. Call 713 961-1432 to find out if we can help.

 

 

Hard Facts – Hard Assets – Hard Decisions

AquamarineringIn difficult economic times, people sell hard assets such as jewelry and luxury valuables to provide money for other priorities, such as college tuition or travel.

To assure that our clients know the value of any items they consider selling, we offer a ‘Fair Market Valuation.’  Knowing how much a jewel is worth before taking it to an estate buyer or consigning it to auction will help assure the best price is obtained.

Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon does not buy or sell.  This allows him to maintain objectivity.  He does, however, refer clients to trusted buyers or reputable auction galleries depending upon the specific items to be liquidated.

This ring sold at auction for over $28,000.  Its original owner thought it might bring  $15-18,000.  A Jewelry Judge valuation and referral helped bring a much higher price.

aquamarinering3When making a hard decision, we recommend knowing the hard facts about hard assets. Difficult decisions become easier with a Jewelry Judge Consultation.  Make your decisions based upon hard facts – Call 713 961-1432Book Appointment On-Line

A Chance to Brag Just a Little… and to Add our Thanks

Houston Jewelry Appraiser 67 Years 2019As a small business the Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon is always wondering how to reach new clients to keep our business growing.  In our 67 years’ experience, we find that there is nothing better than ‘word of mouth’ but possibly equally powerful are online reviews.

 

A Busy Week for Us.

Our appointments ran a little longer than usual with several walk-ins and individuals who brought in trays and boxes to be separated and categorized. We did our best to accommodate all without rushing anyone. We’d like to share the Five Star comments below. We cannot think of a better way to describe who we are and what we do.  We especially thank those who took the time to give us valuable feedback.

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March 10, 2020 – Gail B

Experienced and Professional Jewelry Appraisal

“I made my appointment with Mr Gordon online. I was completely impressed with the professional service I experienced with my jewelry appraisal. I had 3 items to appraise for insurance purposes. I don’t recommend bringing more than 3 items if you are in a hurry. Mr Gordon will expertly examine each and every piece and explain the process in detail if you require details. He does not rush! While my appointment took 2 hrs I respected the care and courtesy he devoted to my treasures. Special thanks to Linda”

 

2020 BBB Winner_Interim2March 11, 2020 – Paulete GW

Excellent service

“Mr and Mrs Gordon are nothing short of real jewels! They are professional experts and valuable assets to more than just the jewelry world but to the community!”

 

laserinscription- GIAMarch 13, 2020 – D.N.

Professional, Class Act

He went over each specification and let us look at the GIA inscription on the the diamond.

Very confident in his skills. He’s been doing this for 67 years!”

 

To read more comments about how we work and what our clients think of our services, click the Review Tab at our appointment booking link on our website.

Online Consultations for Crown of Light Appraisals via Facebook or Skype

Did you splurge on a Crown of Light jewelry purchase while on your last vacation?  Now that you have returned home, it’s time to consider protecting your purchase.

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Protect your Purchase with a Written Insurance Appraisal

The Jewelry Judge does not sell insurance, but he does specialize in providing the documents required by insurers to verify the value of a Crown of Light purchase.  He can also guide you on what type(s) of insurance to consider (and what types to avoid).

CrownofLight-greybackgroundMost US retailers are not familiar with the special design of the patented Crown of Light diamond cut.  Instead of the 58 facets of the traditional round brilliant cut diamond, Crown of Light round diamonds have 90 facets. There are other differences as well that are identified during a Jewelry Judge Crown of Light valuation.

Privacy, Convenience and Time Savings Too!

Mr. Gordon will consult in the privacy of your home or office via FaceTime or Skype.    Have the serial number and the written GIA diamond grading report for your purchase ready when you call 713 961-1432 to set up your online appointment.  Or email bgordon@jewelryjudge.net for details on Crown of Light consultations.

How Can We Consult Online?

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COLcouture-3We verify that you are in possession of the Crown of Light jewelry while speaking with you online.  Before our ‘virtual’ appointment, you provide us the information on your purchase receipt. At the conclusion of the appointment, Master Graduate Gemologist Ben Gordon will provide a written digital appraisal report via email (pdf files and photos).

You can easily forward these to your insurer and print as many copies as you need for your own records.

A virtual online consultation represents a savings. When you print your written report at home, you save time and travel inconvenience.  Learn more about Insurance Appraisals for Crown of Light Diamonds by calling The Jewelry Judge at 713 961-1432 or emailing bgordon@jewelryjudge.net.