All that glitters…
DIAMOND, amber, aquamarine, citrine and emerald rings, necklaces and bracelets are among the secondhand items to be uncovered in Weekend Shopper.
The Jewellery section also advertises brooches, watches, baby bangles and jewellery display busts. Jewellery for sale comes in a host of shapes and sizes and incorporates a wide variety of both precious and semi-precious stones.
Lance Jelley from Citigold Jewellers recommended that people considering buying secondhand jewellery should make sure it was in good condition before buying it.
“Ensure it’s in good condition, you don’t want damaged or worn goods,” Mr Jelley said.
He said that determining whether a stone was real or not could be quite a difficult process for an inexperienced buyer.
“With the number of different coloured stones in the market today it’s hard to tell what some of them are,” he said. “We send all our secondhand jewellery off to be refurbished after we buy it and have an independent jeweller look at it and tell us what it is if we are uncertain.”
Shoppers purchasing diamonds can be guided by certain letters and numbers used to identify and grade the clarity and colour of the diamond.
For example, a diamond ring listed in last Saturday’s Shopper was identified as an 18-carat solitaire ring. Diamond: 0.3 Carat, Brilliant Cut, colour I-J, clarity SI2.
Mr Jelley said the I-J rating identifies the colour of the diamond. The grading starts at D (the best) and goes to Z+.
He said the SI2 rating meant that the diamond had a “small inclusion or a mark in the stone”.
“In this particular case, it tells us that the mark is found at the bottom of the diamond. These marks are natural markings. There are different grades that are used to describe flaws, or marks, in diamonds,” he said.
“FL for example means the diamond is completely flawless, while a VVS1 – VVS2 tells us that the diamond has very, very slight inclusions that typically can only be seen with a microscope. ”