Whatever the reason, we sometimes need to know where to sell jewelry. So we need to know about jewelry stores that buy rings, jewelry stores that buy diamonds, etc. This article lets you know where to take the jewelry or jewels you need out of your possession.

It’s important though to read the following information so you not only know which places will take your precious item(s) but also how long it takes you to get paid, if a place will accept your certain item, etc. It’s not quite as simple as, say, trading in a car.

In This Article:

  • The List of Major Jewelry Stores That Buy Jewelry, Diamonds from Customers

    • Items Accepted
    • Items NOT Accepted
    • Payment Options
    • How Long the Process Takes
    • If There’s a Trade-In Program
  • Jewelry Stores That Will Not Buy Jewelry, Diamonds from Customers

  • Tips for Getting the Most Money

  • Alternatives to Selling Your Jewelry at a Jewelry Store

Major Jewelry Stores That Buy Jewelry, Diamonds

These jewelry stores will purchase items either with the intent to sell the jewelry as-is or to disassemble the gems and the metal for their intrinsic value. Jewelry stores reference the daily London Fix as a guide to the price of gold, silver, or platinum per ounce. This translates into the amount of money jewelry stores are willing to pay for your jewelry. Listed below are some major jewelry stores that buy customer’s jewelry. Jewelry stores are typically the best place to sell a wedding ring, etc.

1. Helzberg Diamonds

2. Kay Jewelers

3. Zales

  • Can you sell to Zales at a retail location? There is not a corporate policy in place regarding buying customer’s jewelry. Individual stores may evaluate and purchase customer’s jewelry.
  • Items accepted: Up to the discretion of each store.
  • Items NOT accepted: Up to the discretion of each store.
  • Payment options: Cash or store credit.
  • How long does the process take? One to two weeks.
  • Diamond trade-in program? Yes, diamond jewelry purchased from Zales can be credited towards the purchase of a new item at Zales of at least twice the value of the original item.
  • Find your nearest Zales location here

4. White Pine Diamonds

  • Can you sell to Pine Diamonds at a retail location? Yes, physical locations are in New York City, Tokyo, or Birmingham UK. Appointments for higher value items can also be made in Dallas and Los Angeles.
  • Items accepted: Loose diamonds, diamond jewelry, designer jewelry, estate jewelry, watches, see full list of accepted items here.
  • Items NOT accepted: Single diamonds under 0.5ct.
  • Payment options: Bank transfer within 24 hours of accepted offer, paper check via mail or store credit with an online or local retail partner.
    • White Pine offers a purchase price of 10% more to customers who select store credit for White Pine’s online partners, Blue Nile and LovedLuxuries.
    • White Pine offers a purchase price of 20% more to customers who select store credit at one of White Pine’s local retail partners.
  • How long does the process take? Two days to one week.
  • Diamond trade-in program? No, only diamond purchase program.
  • Visit the main website here

5. SellYourGold.com

6. Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry

7. Samuels Jewelers (Rogers/Andrews/Schubach/Samuels Diamonds)

  • Can you sell to Samuels Jewelers at a retail location? Yes, all transactions are completed in store.
  • Items accepted: Sterling silver, platinum, 10kt – 24 kt gold, gold and silver coins. See the full list here.
  • Items NOT accepted: Antique or collectible items, diamonds or other precious stones.
  • Payment options: Paper check in person, half check – half store credit, store credit for 20% more than check offer.
  • How long does the process take? Gold buying transaction will take one to two hours, check payment takes 24 hours to clear.
  • Diamond trade-in program? No.
  • Find your nearest location here

8. Reeds Jewelers

  • Can you sell to Reeds Jewelers at a retail location? Yes, retail locations offer a jewelry buy-back program. Contact your local store for more information.
  • Items accepted: Gold, platinum, sterling silver and diamonds at least 0.5tcw.
  • Items NOT accepted: Estate or antique jewelry.
  • Payment options: Paper check in person or store credit.
  • How long does the process take? One to two hours.
  • Diamond trade-in program? Yes, customers can trade in Reeds diamond jewelry towards the purchase of a new diamond item at least twice the value of the original item.
  • Find your nearest Reeds Jeweler location here

9. Daniel’s Jewelers

  • Can you sell to Daniel’s Jewelers at a retail location? No.
  • Items accepted: Anything made primarily of gold, platinum, and large silver items, including flatware, tea sets, candlesticks, watches, and gemstones. See here for full list of accepted items.
  • Items NOT accepted: Small silver items, costume jewelry, copper or pewter.
  • Payment options: Paper check by mail or PayPal account. Each payment includes an additional $50 Daniel’s Jewelers Gift Card.
  • How long does the process take? One to two weeks.
  • Diamond trade-in program? No.
  • Find your nearest Daniel’s Jewelers location here

10. Tourneau

11. King’s Jewelry

  • Can you sell to King’s Jewelry at a retail location? Yes, King’s Jewelry retail locations purchase both diamonds and precious metals from customers.
  • Items accepted: Diamond jewelry, loose diamonds, gold, silver, and platinum.
  • Items NOT accepted: Customers are encouraged to bring all items into a King’s Jewelry location for consideration.
  • Payment options: Paper check or store credit worth 20% more than check.
  • How long does the process take? One to two hours.
  • Diamond trade-in program? No.
  • Find your nearest King’s Jewelry location in Pennsylvania or Ohio.

12. Shane Co.

  • Can you sell to Shane Co. at a retail location? Yes. Shane Co. will purchase jewelry at retail locations.
  • Items accepted: Any gold, silver, or platinum jewelry.
  • Items NOT accepted: Dental gold, computer parts
  • Payment options: Paper check immediately in store, check by mail, Shane Co. store credit, or application to Shane Co. layaway account.
  • How long does the process take? Transaction can be completed within one to two hours at a Shane Co. location. If selling jewelry by mail, transaction will take up to 3 days.
  • Diamond trade-in policy? Shane Co. offers a trade-in policy for any gemstone, including diamonds. Gemstone and diamond jewelry purchased at Shane Co. or elsewhere can be traded in for something of greater value. The minimum increase in value of the new item is listed on their website.
  • Find your nearest Shane Co. location

13. Morgan Jewelers

14. Fink’s Jewelers

  • Can you sell to Fink’s Jewelers at a retail location? Yes, only through in-store events coordinated with Circa.
  • Items accepted: Gold, silver, and platinum jewelry, diamonds and watches.
  • Items NOT accepted: Fink’s Jewelers encourages customers to bring in all jewelry for consideration
  • Payment options: Paper check to customer immediately. Customer can sign over check to Fink’s Jewelers for full value plus 20% of amount to be applied to a new purchase.
  • How long does the process take? One to two hours.
  • Diamond trade-in program? Yes, any Fink’s Jewelers diamond purchase value can be applied towards the purchase of a new diamond. The original diamond jewelry must contain at least one stone of 0.25ct or larger.
  • Find your nearest Fink’s Jewelers location here

15. Circa

  • Can you sell to Circa at a retail location? Yes, Circa has thirteen locations and over 100 Authorized Retail Partners at which jewelry is purchased.
  • Items accepted: Luxury jewelry and watches by famous makers.
  • Items NOT accepted: Circa specialized in fine jewelry and requests only jewelry valued over $500 be sent in for consideration.
  • Payment options: Paper check by mail.
  • How long does the process take? In store, one to two hours; by mail, three to five business days.
  • Diamond trade-in program? No.
  • Find your nearest Circa location here

16. Local Jewelry Stores

Select local independent jewelry stores will also buy jewelry from customers. If you choose to pursue finding a local jewelry store to buy your jewelry, make sure it is a credible retail location. One way to find a good-quality jeweler is to search for those certified by the American Gem Society.

Jewelry Stores That Will Not Buy Jewelry, Diamonds from Customers

Ben Bridge Jewelers

Ben Bridge Jewelers will not purchase jewelry from customers. However, they offer a diamond trade-in program. Any diamond purchased a Ben Bridge can be traded in and credited towards the purchase price of another diamond that sells for at least twice the price of the original diamond.

Fred Meyer

Rogers & Hollands/ Ashcroft & Oak

Rogers & Hollands and Ashcroft & Oak jewelry stores will not purchase jewelry from customers. The jewelers offer a trade-in program for jewelry purchased from Rogers & Hollands/ Ashcroft & Oak or any other jeweler to be applied towards a new item priced at least double the original item.

Charm Diamond Centres (Canada)

Charm Diamond Centres does not purchase jewelry from customers but offers appraisals for jewelry and loose diamonds (but will not purchase diamonds following appraisal). The cost for the first appraisal is $64.99 with each additional appraisal at $59.99. Jewelry to be appraised is received by local stores but sent to a central office for the appraisal, which takes around three weeks.

Charm also offers a “Lifetime” diamond trade-in program. The original jewelry must be purchased at Charm and contain one stone of at least 0.25ct and the new item must be worth twice as much as original item.

Na Hoku

Na Hoku does not have a trade-in or buy-back program for pre-owned jewelry.

James Avery Jewelry

Hannoush Jewelers

Hannoush Jewelers does not buy customer jewelry but has a diamond trade-in program. The original diamond jewelry must be purchased at Hannoush and have regular 4 month inspections accomplished by Hannoush Jewelers. The new diamond purchase must be a minimum of 50% greater than the original purchase price. Find your nearest Hannoush Jewelers location here

Tips to Getting the Most Money

Clean the jewelry. An item that is shiny and sparkling is going to sell better than one that is dingy and dirty. Most jewelry stores will clean your jewelry for free, but you can also give your gems a gentle cleaning with mild soap, warm water and a soft toothbrush. Using a hard toothbrush, toothpaste, or abrasive cleaning chemicals will scratch metal and can damage gemstones. If you’re in any doubt about the best way to clean your jewelry, it is best to leave it to the professionals rather than risk permanently damaging the item.

Monitor metal prices. If you do not need to sell the jewelry right away, periodically check on the prices of metals and sell when you start to see an upward trend in the price per ounce. The same principle can be applied if you have jewelry that is out of style. If you can afford to wait to sell the jewelry, the style might become popular again.

Alternatives to Selling Your Jewelry at a Jewelry Store

Knowing where to sell an engagement ring, etc. at a jewelry store is nice but what about other options? Where’s the best place to sell diamond ring? If you would like another option to sell your jewelry, there are a few alternatives to the traditional jewelry store or by-mail method.

17. eBay

It is easy to sell items on eBay and frequently eBay will waive the seller’s fee. However, to get the most money for your jewelry on eBay you should still do preliminary research on the item and how much it would be worth at retail. You can set a reserve amount below which the item will not be sold. A desirable piece can spark a bidding war between potential customers and end up netting much more than the item would have garnered based on intrinsic value alone. To avoid problems with potential scams or fraudulent bidders, always check on the buying history of bidders and don’t be afraid to message them for more information.

18. Jewelry Broker

A jewelry broker works on your behalf to sell your item to a private individual, retail jeweler, or auction house. They will charge from 10% to 50% of the total sale. Jewelry brokers are highly educated experts in the jewelry field and can be a very effective ally in obtaining a good price for antique, estate, or very expensive jewelry.

19. Consignment Stores

Consignment stores can be a good option for selling your jewelry locally without taking it to a jewelry store. Consignment stores can specialize in certain clientele, so upscale consignment stores can be a fantastic place to sell more expensive jewelry. Usually the store will make a contract with the consignor with an agreed-upon sale price for the item. The store will also retain a percentage of the sale as its fee. If you have any additional knowledge about the item (time period, designer, country of origin), this can aid the store in setting an accurate price for the item and selling the item to customers. Consignment stores can be a great secondary market for items, but it can also take weeks or months for an item to sell. If you need cash quickly, it might be better to find another option.

20. Pawn Shops

Not the best place to sell diamond ring but works well in a pinch. Pawn shops will pay immediate cash for items they purchase and most keep a wide selection of jewelry in their stores. Before visiting a pawn shop, have a rough idea of what your item is worth and how large any gemstones are in the item. This will give you a solid foundation from which to negotiate the selling price. Visit more than one pawn shop in your area to ensure you receive the best possible price for your item.

21. Check Cashing Stores

Many check cashing or title loan stores will pay cash for jewelry, scrap gold, or silver.

In Summary

There are many options for selling your jewelry, from a local jewelry store to online companies and even non-traditional outlets like consignment stores or pawn shops. Whichever route you choose, you now know the best way to sell an engagement ring, loose diamonds, and more.