I wrote a little blurb of an article, describing the posting of item's we are selling on Craig's List.
To date the venture, or adventure has born no fruit!
We listed three item's.
A Fuji Crosstown 3.0 bicycle, a 1940's vintage Elsie cookie jar, and a ring.
A stunning Fire Opal, surrounded with diamond chips in a gold setting.
The ring has been the only item to get attention. I believe there are so many bicycles listed, there is little chance of moving it in that venue, so I peddled it locally, and was some what satisfied that I was able to move it, and Elsie? She's still in the barn.
The red flags started going up just as fast as the hits on the ring started. For instance,
I saw your craigslistAD and i am interested in buy you ring hope its still for sale? Thanks
Yes. Still for sale!
The rest is here at the origional article, So,,,,,,, I'm doing the CraigsList thing. I'm getting some action!
Leery of prospective buyers at Craig's List, we started looking for jewelry buyers on the net. These are far and few between. There are plenty of places to sell gold and silver, but real jewelry of value, for resale?
It's a virtual desert.
We found a starting point, New England Diamond And Jewelry Buyers
New England Diamond And Jewelry Buyers is centrally locatedin New England at 660 Washington St, Newtonville, MA just off the Mass Pike, Exit 17 across from Whole Foods. We offer easily accessible street parkingdirectly in front of the store and eliminatingthe headaches of driving into Downtown Boston.
We Buy Fine Jewelry.
New England Diamond And Jewelry Buyers will take great care in evaluating your fine jewelry. Each piece will be given the necessary time to determine it’s real value. Prices are offered right there on the spot.
Rings • Earrings • Bracelets • Neckpieces • Pins • Brooches and more
Often, fine jewelry will include diamonds and other precious gems. Precious gems are important in determining the real value of your jewelry. Allow us to educate you on your fine jewelry.
Emeralds • Rubies • Sapphires • Pearls • Jade
Tourmaline • Aquamarine • Opal • Tanzanite
Remember, all transactions are discreet and your privacy is always protected
We felt better already!
Although they were not really interested in purchasing the piece themselves, they mentioned they knew of someone else that may be interested. Carol, my one and only, had to work, so off I went on an adventure to Newtonville, Ma.
I arrived at their location, a tidy little building beside the tracks, and pulled right up in front, parked and was marveled by the fact there were no parking meters! They stick out of the landscape like porcupine quills everywhere else, and I thought to myself, Awesome!
I walked to the door, noticed a sign, RING BUZZER. I did, and was let in.
I thought I would see displays of finery inside, but it was pretty cut and dry. They buy. They don't sell. It was a bit of a letdown, but these guys buy to melt down gold and silver. There was a desk, a safe, and a few chairs.
They referred me to another local merchant, and gave the directions to her shop. I was grateful.
I followed the directions to the parking lot behind the shop, noticing the lot was full. I was not the only one to notice.
A woman pulled in, waving her arms at the situation, obviously irritated. She needed a spot. NOW!
She hollers out to me exclaiming she needed to open her shop pointing to a sign that was black and white, with hot pink lettering, DIVA, and I hollered back, "Yes you do!" , holding her business card out the window, figuring it was her. It was.
Its first come first serve parking. The laundrymat, and restaurant traffic on each side of DIVA had pretty much take up the spaces in the lot, as it is a very busy area, and Saturday morning around eleven o'clock, Newtonville is very busy!
She ended up parking in front of two vehicles belonging to the restaurant workers with the restaurant managers blessing.
I found a spot to park, and found my way inside of her shop.
DIVA specializing in designer contemporary, vintage, antique and estate jewelry.
Fabulous · One-of-a-Kind · Eclectic
DIVA specializes in one-of-a-kind jewelry from the 1700s to present day, in all price ranges. We seek out the finest in antique and estate jewelry, and attend shows all over the country to bring you the best from contemporary designers and artists. Our pieces are timeless, trendy, contemporary, and classic. We can design or select jewelry for special occasions or to match a particular outfit.
All of our pieces in the shop are hand-selected for their quality and craftsmanship, regardless of price. Whether you’re looking for something for everyday or a special occasion, we can help you find something that suits you and your budget.
The above quote is from the owner's website. http://www.adornmentdiva.com/index.html
This website is one to visit. Loaded with pictures of finery, and information.
Her name is Donna Soodalter. I found her to be as unique as her fabulous little shop. Cozy, orderly, and tastefully filled with some of the nicest adornments. Adornments fits like a glove when describing the contents of DIVA. It's the perfect word.
She has regular, loyal clientele that are more than customers, they are friends. I've never been in a shop quite like it. I will be keeping Diva in mind when it's time to make a statement while giving a gift to the women in my life.
She was easy to talk to, and I felt comfortable dealing with her, even though we were not in the same range when discussing the Fire Opal as far as price. She was respectful, and she then referred me to another merchant in the area, Anthony Andrews Jewelers.
Anthony Andrews Jewelers
Specializingin custom orders and fine jewelry, this welcoming shop has been in Newton Highlands since 2000. Owner Fernando Fieremonte, who named the shop after twoof his sons, enjoys collaboratingwith his customers to create engagement rings and other pieces that reflect their individual tastes and personalities. He owns another store in Northborough, and both stores will soon be online. The shop is accessible via the Newton Highlands T-stop on the Green Line.
I had to pay to park, but it was worth feeding the meter!
Fernando Fierimonte, was interesting to talk to, and interesting to listen to when discussing the buying and selling of fine jewelry while visiting his very clean, high end shop.
He assured me of the quality and value of the Fire Opal ring, saying that we should get the price we desire.
There is only one glitch. Finding that collector that would pay for it.
He went on to describe the issues he has when buying jewelry such as this ring, showing me examples of others he has purchased, but has had to sit on for long periods of time.
Business is not what it was, and it's not what it should be, for many of reasons.
His bread and butter is engagement and wedding rings, along with quality time pieces, and repairs.
Fernando showed me a stunning brooch that profiled a fine gemstone, set in gold. He's had it for over eight months, and he would love for someone to buy it. He also states he may have to recycle the gold, destroying the brooch that was created long ago.
This brooch belonged to someones grandmother. A piece of history.
I can tell this bothers him. He is craftsman that creates, he can appreciate the quality, but being a business man, if inventory stays stagnant, so does the cash flow, the lifeblood of a business.
Cash flow pays the bills.
A business located in Newton Highlands on Lincoln St is not in bargain real estate territory. It's the high end real estate territory with, I'm betting, a lease that would scare the Hell out of most people. He's been in the jewelry trade for his whole life, and this business is no different than many.
Young people have changed. They buy i-pads, i-pods, tattoos. Will they buy objects like jewelry as tokens of affection?
Looking at younger women, they don't seem to have the desire to wear make up , and fine accessories as they have in the past.
They appear to prefer a plain unpolished look, with exception of Lady Gaga, of course!
As young people become more introverted, the result of the computer age electronic gadgets as opposed to the days when people actually socialized, and plain was converted to exotic with a little paint and powder, finished with flashy trim, there has to be another explanation.
Would it be, that young men today prefer to avoid commitment, obsess over e gadgets, and lack the magnetism that would compel a woman to be everything she could be, appearance wise, to be noticed?
Nothing gets a guy's engine running like a fancy paint job and really nice trim.
That is if guys are still guys.
Now about that ring,,,,,,,,,,,,,