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Diamond No-No’s

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So you’ve got a diamond.

A beautiful, sparkling, glorious diamond.  It can twinkle in the dimmest of light.  It can turn heads from across the room.  It is absolutely perfect.

Except for one little thing.  It has __________.

“Well, what’s the ‘blank’?” you indignantly wonder.  “My diamond has great specs!”  That may be, but there are factors that go beyond just the basic 4C’s that can have a surprisingly drastic affect on a diamond’s value. 

Let’s now take a look at some of the most prevalent and also some of the more obscure things that can negatively impact your diamond and its overall resale value.  

Fracture Filling

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If your diamond has undergone fracture filling, you yourself may end up filled with despair.  This is a process that is applied to natural diamonds to essentially ‘fill up’ internal cracks within the stone (to improve their clarity – ergo, this is a brand of “clarity enhancement”).  The fractures are filled with a substance (a lead oxychloride glass epoxy) that has a similar refractive index to diamond (thereby maintaining its normal sparkle), in order to best mask the flaws to the naked eye.  If these cracks run all the way up to the surface, the glass-based glop can just be injected right in; if not, then the stone must be “laser drilled” to get in there (we’ll get to that whole practice in just a minute).  “So, what’s so bad about that?” you justifiably may be thinking.  The problem is this; the solutions used to fill in those fractures do not have the same remarkably high heat index that diamonds have.  So, when a jeweler is positioning a diamond into a new piece of jewelry, or even just fixing a banged up old band or what have you, they use a torch.  This torch doesn’t damage diamond at all, but the heat can cause the diamond to ‘sweat out’ the filling material, like a fat man on a treadmill after a night of drinking spiked egg nog.  Hence, the fractures are now visible again and the stone’s clarity grade takes a nosedive.  Just how bad is this?  It’s so bloody awful that the GIA won’t even issue certificates for stones that have undergone fracture filling.  The most aggravating part of this whole mess is that some companies do not inform their customers that the stones they are purchasing are fracture filled.  So there you are, ignorantly walking around with a diamond that’s filled with other stuff.  Please at least attempt to refrain from murdering anyone who sold you one of these fracture filled farces.  

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Laser Drilling

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While this process sounds quite high tech (and a little James Bond-ish), it’s nothing to be that excited about.  It’s another method employed to remove ugly, nasty or just mean spirited inclusions in diamonds.  By drilling to the root of the undesired blotch in the stone (which is just a piece of black carbon that came together as the diamond formed), you expose the inclusion.  The you can pour a little, good ole fashioned sulfuric acid down the hole and burn that droll smudge out of there.  The drill that’s used is, of course, an infrared laser, and the hole that it bores into the stone is microscopic.  Meaning, you can’t see these channels without the aide of a loupe, microscope or psychically charged ‘third eye.’  The dilemma inherent in laser drilled diamonds is that their internal structure has now been messed with.  Who’s to say that the drilling process didn’t corrupt the integrity of the diamond; incipient cracks could be on the cusp of erupting at any time.  The stone may be fine, but there’s just no way to tell.  So as a result, professional diamond buyers are reluctant to acquire such stones – which may vengefully come back to bite them in the tuckus later.  

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Irradiation

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Take a long hard look at your diamond…do you suspect that it’s been violently blasted with neutrons and electrons?  Irradiation is a type of “color enhancement,” and if you have a white diamond, logic would dictate that you probably don’t have to worry too much about this (meaning that the process improves colored diamonds, not that it ameliorates a not so great white diamond’s color grade).  It’s a procedure that utilizes radiation in order to alter colored diamonds at the atomic level, amping their color up from a dull and listless hue to a bright and boisterous shade.  Aside from very rare cases where diamonds can actually undergo irradiation naturally, while still in the ground, stones that have been through this intense tanning bed experience are considered ‘altered,’ ‘treated’ and ‘fake-baked’ to diamond purists.  Translation: valued less.             

 

HPHT

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This abbreviation stands for “High Pressure High Temperature,” and is a procedure that has been riddled with controversy since its inception.  Scientists working at General Electric at the end of the 20th century discovered that they could, more or less, heat and squeeze all the hideous tints out of diamonds, thus making them clear as day.  A bit of an oversimplification, but the overall HTHP operation, which somehow zaps poor color out of white diamonds and also intensifies shades in colored stones, became embroiled in scandal when many of the diamonds that went through this molecular rigamarole were passed off as naturally occurring.  Again, within the milieu of diamond connoisseurs, these rocks just don’t fly as the real deal, and are intrinsically worth significantly less than their organic counterparts.  HPHT stones are given an intaglio on the girdle which demarcates their altered nature, but this can be easily removed, further fueling the ire directed at these augmented diamonds.  

 

Fluorescence  

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In all honesty, this one is a little baffling.  Here is an extensive run down on what fluorescence is and how it can affect your diamond – but the bottom line is that in today’s market, diamonds that exhibit strong fluorescence are unfortunately less desirable.  In the most basic, rudimentary terms, fluorescence is what turns a diamond blue when placed under a black light.  That’s it.  Once in an unfavorably blue moon, a diamond that has strong fluorescence may appear a bit milky when viewed in regular light, but this fickle property of fluorescence is usually just invisible altogether.  The reason why this currently is viewed as a negative is rather up in the air, but if your diamond has fluorescence, you’re up a creek sans a rowing device.   

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Doublet

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This is extremely rare in the diamond world, as it would seem that not even the most disreputable jeweler would try to dupe you with one of these, but stranger things have happened.  This is where the top portion of a diamond (the table) is a real, authentic stone; the bottom (the pavilion) however, is a simulant.  Either C.Z. or quartz or some other damnable fake.  The two parts are glued together and violà; a gem that reads as real when viewed from above, but is a total sham when you look up its rear.    

The only way to know for sure if your diamond has been cursed with any of these dastardly traits is to have it evaluated by a knowledgeable professional.  Thankfully, the expert gemology staff at Diamond Lighthouse is at your disposal.  If you possess a sizable diamond (1 carat and higher) that you’re looking to sell, we can perform a comprehensive test on in, making sure that it is not afflicted with any of the aforementioned natural or man-made maladies.  This evaluation and shipping are both totally free as well.  How’s that for service?  We’ll also find you the absolute best price imaginable for your diamond.  Find out more here

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-Joe Leone 

Beautiful Jewelry Terms

(starting with “B”)

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Bail – yes, this is indeed what you had to lay out for your incorrigible grandpa that time he got caught shoplifting at K-Mart, but it’s also a glorious jewelry-related homonym.  The bail is that little loop that gets fastened to the top of a gemstone or pendant or Olympic Gold Medal that enables it to hang (or “chill”) from a chain.

Bakelite – there won’t be a ton of plastic-based things on this list, but the once highly sought after Bakelite is definitely one of them.  While it sounds like it gets its name from being baked in an oven (with less calories than usual!), its nomenclature stems from its creator, Leo Bakeland (and yes, his name clearly sounds like a dough-based amusement park).  Bakelite was conceived by this fellow in 1909 and peaked in desirability during the not-so-roaring ’30’s (mostly for its affordability and highly durable nature), as it was used in a wide gamut of jewelry items.

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Bandeau – is a headband, but in French; hence it is fancy.  They first rose to popularity during the Middle Ages in Europe, where they were simply constructed of jewels strung together with ribbons, which were tightly yanked and secured on to these Middled Aged ladies’ foreheads.  Later they were crafted out of various metals and took on a more tiara-esque look.  They saw a significant surge during the 1920’s Art Deco era (the flappers sure loved them some bandeaus), and fairly recently as well, as poet laureate Paris Hilton has been frequently sighted donning one.

Basket Mount – why, this is one fancy gemstone setting that creates the illusion that the stone is set in a woven, wait for it…basket.  Guess an explanation of that wasn’t really necessary.

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Basse-Taille – those who are in favor of the process of “translucent enameling” are typically said to be ‘All about that Basse-Taille.’  This term, in French, means “shallow cut,” and this is a reference to how the metal here is treated.  The metal is etched into very deeply, so that when a nice shellack of enamel is applied, it dries in various hues.  These different colors draw attention to the minute contours of the overall design.  This technique can often been seen in jewelry items that feature intricate shapes, such as leaves, butterfly wings, flower petals and replicas of Donald Trump’s hair.

Bavette – Is this from Bavaria?  No, no Bavette.  Here’s another phrase from the land of fine wine and stinky cheese.  Bavette in French means “bib,” and is used to describe necklaces that are constructed of numerous strands of beads (usually pearls), of various lengths.  They form a beautiful bib-shape, and can be used to showcase your opulence out on the town – or simply as a way to keep bar-b-que sauce off your camisole.

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Bayadére – this is just twisted.  It’s a necklace formed from a multitude of strands of “seed” (aka: tiny) pearls.  The strands are twisted around and around, like a pair of earphones in bottom of the jostled purse of someone desperately running to catch a bus.

Belcher Ring – is not necessarily named after those with audible indigestion symptoms.  Legend has it that this style of ring was christened after infamous English bare-knuckle boxer, Jem Belcher, at the turn of the 19th century; whether he was gassy or not remains a mystery.  The ring features a stone that is set in place with prongs that are fashioned out of the original, core metal of the band.  Also of note, is the fact that the guy’s name was Jem.

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Belle Époque – the “beautiful era” in France (1901-1915).  This was known as the Edwardian period in nearby, contentious England; for the contemporary king, Edward (aka “Fast Eddie”).  The designs of this stylish epoch are quite flowery and flowing, consisting of many floral patterns, intertwined lace and billowing bows (just like Belle’s outfits in “Beauty and the Beast”).

Benoiton – surprisingly, this is not the precursor to the Benetton line of clothing.  It’s a weird thing that women put in their hair during the 1860’s.  It’s made up of a bunch of chains that come out of the hair (reminiscent of a lovely octopus or spider) and then clamp down into one’s dress.  These non-functional hair clips first came into the public eye onstage, in a play written by satirist Victorien Sardou: the farce “La Famille Benoiton.”  They fell out of favor when scores of people began injuring themselves while brushing their hair.

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Billet-Doux – this one is a touch scandalous.  A French expression connoting a “love letter,” the jewelry manifestation of this took its form in flower based pieces – that were given to clandestine lovers.  The type of flower used would indicate a specific message, for instance:  roses symbolized true love, daisies conveyed purity, gardenias meant secret love.  Taking things to a Da Vinci Code level of crypticness, certain gemstones would be used in pieces, and the first letter of each stone (ie – “C” in crystal) would be used to spell out a covert message.  For example, Labradorite, Opal and Lazulite (“LOL”).

Biscuit – a) the most delicious item on the menu at KFC, b) what you call your sweetie, c) the name given to the sumptuous ceramic, porcelain, when it has not yet been glazed.

Bloom Finish – this is a complicated process that utilizes a vast array of deadly chemicals (the charming hydrochloric acid, to name one) to remove the shiny surface from gold and essentially leave it looking softer and “pitted,” like a morose teenager’s face.

Diamond-Lighthouse-selling-gold-braceletBluite – now here’s some good marketing in action.  Manhattan based jewelry company Goldfarb & Friedberg conceived this term around 1922 to describe an 18k white gold compound they sold which, they purported, was the closest approximation to platinum ever created.  They found that “Bluite” sold far better than their previous product “Greenish Gold.”

Bombé – looking exactly how they sound, these jewelry pieces are the bomb.  They exhibit a curved, bulbous shape, like that of a little explosive device.  Most common in ring and earring design, these were a ‘hit’ during the greater part of the 20th century.

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Brown Émail – before your imagination begins to run wild, know that “émail” is the French word for “enamel.”  So this simply refers to enamel that has that particular, earth toned hue.  Interesting to think that the French have been using email for hundreds of years (…don’t be jaloux, England.)

-Joe Leone

How to Haggle

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If a price tag says an item is “$80,” then that’s how much you have to pay for it, right?

WRONG.

From cars to dental appointments to Tickle Me Elmos, you can always get a deal.  Here are some extremely useful tips on how to get the best price for just about anything.

1 – Don’t appear too eager 

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Whether you’re in a high end clothing store on 5th Avenue in New York City, or a street market in Nepal, you have to give off the impression that you are ready to “walk away” at any time.  Not to say that you should come off as rude or arrogant, by any means; just appear that you are not too committed to the wares that are being sold.

2 – Do your research

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If one store is offering a plasma television for one price, and you have a print out from their website confirming this, then you can leverage this info for a better price another store (pending their price is higher).  Often businesses will be able to match their competitors’ rates.  If you’re at a local shop, who is competing with a larger name chain, explain that you would rather give them the business, especially if they can give you a slightly better deal.

3 – Timing is everything 

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The beginning of day (or the end), the end of month and the end of a quarter: all great times to seek a stellar price.  At the end of certain periods, stores are looking to unload any unsold inventory.  Just forget the holiday season; this is clearly the worst time to try to cop a deal (as demand is at its highest).  However, right after the holidays is a gold mine of sales/flexibility on the part of vendors.

4  – First ask the salesperson, and then the manager 

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Some salespeople only have so much wiggle room when it comes to negotiating prices.  Ask to speak with the manager; they often know exactly what is in stock, and what they would like to move.  Asking the right person a simple ‘can you give me a sales price on this item’ can save you oodles of dough.

5 – “I can pay in cash…”

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A quick trip to the ATM can lighten the burden on many a purchase.  If you approach practically any business with a cash offer, it obviously is more appealing to the owners as they will not have to pay the high fees involved with credit card transactions.  Most customers like to pay with credit cards, so they can accrue points; this costs the business every time.  The more expensive the item or service, the more a cash sale ends up saving the seller.  Bring cash; ask for a deal.

6 – Go for the floor models / flawed items 

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Retailers are often more than happy to offer discounts on floor models/slightly scuffed up or damaged items.  Just ask!  A 10-20% discount is the norm, but the sky is the limit if they haven’t been able to/do not foresee being able to sell the merchandise in question.

7 – This is not a contest

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The goal here is to get the best price for yourself – not to just “win” the sale “argument” for the sake of winning.  Check your ego at the door.  Keep the conversation light.  The best negotiators interject a little humor even, to get the seller on their good side.  If the talk is going on and on, back and forth, exercise something referred to as the “psychology of silence.”  If you just clam up, and the salesperson keeps talking and talking, pitching and pitching, they will eventually feel uncomfortable with your silence.  They will often lower their price just to end the awkwardness.

8 – Buy in bulk

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The more items you purchase, the greater a discount you should receive on each.  This is sales math 101, and you should always employ this technique.

9 – Be willing to compromise

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Sometimes stores simply can not lower their prices on select items.  If you find yourself in this situation, just ask what else they can hook you up with.  Many businesses have things that they can easily part with (which cost them virtually nothing), but can really sweeten the sale for you.

10 – Leave your card

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It never hurts to leave your information behind.  A salesperson or manager may not be in the right mindset to give you a deal on the spot, but come closing time…and they have not met their quotas…they may be singing a different tune (then the odds are forever in your favor).  This is especially true when dealing with roadshows or outdoor sales, where vendors may be reluctant to want to pack everything away and cart it back with them to another locale.  Just leave your number behind with a smile – you may be surprised how friendly a call you’ll receive later that day.

Just as there are various techniques which you should employ in order to garner the best deal when purchasing something, there are instrumental practices you need to use when selling as well.  The most essential thing is to be fully educated on the value of what you have.  If you are selling a particularly expensive item, such as a house, you may contact a real estate broker (who knows the ins and outs of the industry) to help find you the best price for it.  The same applies to jewelry, specifically, diamond jewelry.  Diamond Lighthouse is comprised of a team of thoroughly experienced diamond experts; we can help you uncover the true value of your diamond jewelry.  Next, we take on the responsibility of getting your diamond sold.  We receive a commission from the sale of your jewelry, so it’s in our best interests to get you the most cash we can.  We do all the necessary negotiating to get you the best price possible, allowing you to sit back at home, with your feet up and a smile on your face.

Find out more!

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-Joe Leone 

Different Types of Diamond Mines

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A friend catches a glance of the new, dazzling diamond pendant, elegantly dangling from your slender neck.  Their jaw droops ever so slightly.  “Where did you get that?” they inquire, a tinge of jealously seething just under the surface of their lilting, complimentary tone.  Well, it was a present, so from a jewelry store…you assume.  Then you wonder: where did it really come from?

Welcome to the illustrious world of diamond mining.

There are four major types of diamond mining:

  • open pit and underground mining
  • coastal and inland alluvial mining
  • marine mining
  • informal diamond digging

Almost half of these mines are found in Central and South Africa. Each is a very distinct dig sight with the same goal: the uncovering of valuable diamonds.

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The most common diamond mine is the open pit/underground mine. This is due in large part to the kimberlite pipes, large funnel-like tubes of rock that are the main mineral deposit for diamonds. It is because of this geometric design, narrowing with depth, that pit mines gradually get smaller as they dig deeper into the earth. Open pit mines also start very flat and begin to increase their incline the further down into the earth they go. Eventually, if the mine has become too steep or unstable the mine will become an underground mine. Because a diamond carat per ton of material (the frequency) tends to decrease the further down into a kimberlite pipe it is, an assessment must be made when it is more cost effective to begin this process.  The underground mine is basically the same process only underground and with new hazards arising due to the mine structure changes. Once the mining process is complete, soil and earth that was taken out is to be replaced with as much of the initial conditions being restored as possible.

Another form of mining is coastal and inland alluvial. This type of mining is a little more delicate than open pit/underground mining. Performed on beaches and other water ways, these coastal regions require more initial work to be done before the mining process can begin. Extraction of plant life and sand and soil are performed to maintain and ecofriendly dig sight. Sea walls are built to protect the mine and the surrounding area. Because of the mass excavation, the land is generally altered, though in most situations natural forces (wind, waves, rain, etc.) will return the area to the same habitat it originally was.

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If the mine isn’t seaside, but instead is underwater, the process is referred to as marine mining. Marine mining involves the use of a large sea vessel in several ways. Depending on the mine, two processes can be used, horizontal and vertical mining. In horizontal mining, a seabed crawler uses flexible hoses to being diamond-bearing gravels to the boat off of the ocean floor. With vertical mining, the kimberlite pipe is mined in relatively the same fashion, only with a drill and underwater. In both cases, care is taken to not disturb the natural habitat and any materials removed, other than diamonds, are returned as best they can.

The last process is informal diamond mining. These a generally small-scale operations done by individuals or small groups with limited equipment. It is referred to as “informal.” in part because it is typically done illegally, with no license or regard for the environment. There are no regulations or formal design to these digs. The most the unpleasant media surrounding diamond mining is often centered on informal diamond mines.

This list is a very skeletal overview of the highly technical field of diamond mining that makes your diamond worth big bucks. If you want to sell your diamond, give Diamond Lighthouse a chance to help you get the highest return.  We dig deep to excavate the best price possible for your diamond jewelry.  Our professional network of diamond buyers is willing to pay you the true, fair value for your diamonds, so you always receive the absolute highest payout.

Dive in and find out more here.

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Moving? Downsize in Style

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How to Downsize without Going Crazy: 17 Timely Tips 

When you’re finally ready to make a move, there is one challenge that can be more taxing than finding a new home, locating a valid buyer for your old home and making the necessary travel arrangements combined: letting go of your old stuff.  The tangible possessions you have accrued over your lifetime can seem inexorably linked to you.  Unfortunately, there are certain moves where you just can’t take everything with you, and that means learning to let go.

Here’s a handy guide for making the adjustments in as painless a manner possible.

1 – Take it one step at a time

Rather than running through the house at break neck speed, chucking things into the trash can (which you will later be tempted to return to and excavate items from…), take a breath and formulate a plan of attack.  Start organizing things in one room at a time, and don’t overdo it: a solid two hours per day is enough – anymore than that and you may begin to feel trapped in a sea of emotionally significant detritus.

2 – Tackle each item individually 

Rather than ask yourself: “Should I toss this photo album?”, take a little extra time to sort through it.  You may want to keep a few select photos, and then will feel fine about getting rid of the rest.  One alternative is to just scan any photo, piece of paper or document you want to keep, thus totally preserving the memory (and vital info) while you remain free to discard the actual, physical item.

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3 – The perfect guide for sizing?  Your new space!

Grab a tape measure and precisely record the measurements of your new living space.  How much closet, cabinet, garage or other storage enclosure do you have to work with?  Use these figures when packaging up boxes of your stuff.  If the math works out, you’re in the clear!

4 – Be decisive 

Resist the temptation to have a “maybe” pile.  If every item you encounter receives either a “yay” or “nay” vote, your mountains of belongings will begin to see an immediate decrease.  On the other hand, if you have a “maybe” pile, it will simply grow and grow, and then you have to sort through that all over again.  Adhere to a principle that professional movers call the “OHIO” rule: ‘only handle it once.’

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5 – Make a list of everything that is frequently used

Once you do this you’ll know your “must-haves.”  Regardless of age or wear, your must-haves need to come with you.  The “never even used once” category is pretty much a no-brainer in terms of what to discard.

6 – Sentimental items don’t need to be lost forever 

Some objects you may want to keep because of a deep emotional connection to them – but have you ever considered how a less fortunate person may also benefit from this item?  Donating things that are sentimental to you can often give you the satisfaction of knowing that they are now special to someone else.  In this manner, they live on.

*As with all things precious to you that you may need to let go of, you can always take a photo of the object, so that it will stay with you as long as you like.

7 – Keep the best, toss the rest

Some things come in packs.  An entire collection of decorative plates, for instance.  Do you really need every one of them?  Of course not.  Keep you absolute favorite, and then gift, donate or simply float the rest down a flowing river.  The symbolic action can be quite liberating.

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8 – Be realistic about “collectibles.”

Sometimes we hold on to things because we are certain that they are worth a lot of money, or will definitely “appreciate in value over time.”  The unfortunate reality is that this just isn’t as true as it once was.  Not convinced?  Still think your mint rookie baseball card of _____ is worth thousands of dollars?  Do a quick Google search and see for yourself.  The disappointing results may help you let go of numerous other things that you are holding on to because of their alleged high value.  This is not to say you should start indiscriminately throwing out every antique and treasured item you own, just make sure you research what they are really worth (in today’s market).

9 – Give it up now

If you are holding on to something that you intend on handing down to someone down the road, why not brighten their day and hand over this legacy item now?  It will free up space and the recipient will assuredly be grateful to have it now.

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10 – eBay: stay away! 

Don’t fall into the time draining trap of trying to sell things on eBay, Craigslist or any other sales site.  The odds are that you will not get the price you are hoping for and the whole process typically takes way longer than you think it will.  If you have the luxury of time, feel free to try it out; but if you have a stringent ‘move in’ date approaching, don’t stress yourself out with this option, which usually yields little results.

11 – Big money tickets

If you have a bunch of items that you are certain are worth a lot of money, you may want to have a professional appraiser do an assessment of all your belongings.  Going through an auction house for the sale of any major goods is a smart idea, as the auction house is trying to get your items to sell for the most money (because they take a commission).  On the other hand, antiques dealers are the usually the wrong way to go, as they are buying for themselves and will try to offer you the lowest price possible.  A final option is a consignment shop, but they usually do not take a lot of items (mostly because their actual space is limited).  They also tend to charge for pick-ups and due to the nature of consignment, the selling process has no actual end date.

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12 – Do or Do-nate

In addition to major national charities that accept donations, which include Goodwill, Salvation Army, AmVets and Purple Heart, there are often local ones in your area that will not only take used goods but there are some that even provide free pick-up.  Aside from the obvious fact that donating things will make you feel like a better human, you can usually get a receipt for tax deduction purposes.

13 – People love the word “free”

If you really don’t feel like lugging all your stuff around town in search of donation centers, simply drag it (a relatively short distance) to the front of your property and have a ‘tag sale.’  You may even make a few bucks this way.  The next (and most important) step in this expunging process, is when the sale is over, place a prominent sign that states “Free!” in full view.  You’ll be amazed at how fast some things vanish right before your eyes.  Large leftover items?  Now you can post an ad on Craigslist in the “free” section.  Here you’ll reach a lot of people, many of whom will be more than happy to drive to you and liberate their newfound trash-like treasure.  This concept is hailed as “freecycling,” and there are other websites that let you list things in this manner too.

14 – If it’s broke, don’t try to fix it.

Any item that is cracked, broken or hasn’t functioned properly since the Reagan administration: throw it out.  No one wants it, not even the charities.

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15 – Perishables: let them perish

Sadly, even if you “just bought them!”, do not take food items with you in a move.  You simply do not need the headache of packing boxes of spices and containers of spaghetti; invite friends over to take them or toss ‘em.  Other items that fall into this category are: decrepit newspapers and magazines, expired medications, old toiletries, crusty tupperware and take out containers, ancient rulers, staples and stationary and that creepy stuffed squirrel that no one is quite sure where it came from.  All = garbage.

16 – Believe it or not, people get paid for this

There’s an actual, burgeoning industry of moving professionals out there.  They primarily deal with seniors who need help in downsizing their estates.  One company called the “National Association of Professional Move Managers” is rapidly expanding.  If you feel your particular moving project is too much to tackle on your own, give these guys, or a similar agency in your area, a call.

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17 – What to do with your teeny valuables

All of the aforementioned examples of moving and eliminating things are very helpful for items big and small; that is, except your jewelry.  Precious gems and metals are in a category all to themselves.  As you complete the final steps in downsizing your estate, you need to find the best outlet to sell your jewelry.  The only way to get the true, fair value for diamond jewelry is to sell through a diamond specific brokerage company, such as Diamond Lighthouse.  Much like an auction house, we take a commission (10% on diamonds one carat and higher), so we always strive to get you the highest price possible.  You definitely want to avoid pawn shops and jewelers, which are similar to the previously mentioned antiques dealers: they all want to buy from you at the lowest amount.  With a trusted and reputable company like Diamond Lighthouse, you get the expertise of trained diamond professionals and the unlimited assistance of a skilled and caring customer service team.  These factors combine to get you the most money possible when selling your diamond jewelry.

-find out more, and good luck moving on!

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-Joe Leone