Read on, as we explain how Cartier combined good luck traditions from the Middle East, Western Europe, and the Far East to create this collection, then as we guide you through the process of determining the value of your jewelry, finding the best buyer, and getting the highest possible offer when you sell Amulette de Cartier jewelry.
Get the answers to the following questions:
- Where can I sell Amulette de Cartier jewelry?
- What is my Amulette de Cartier jewelry worth?
- How can I sell Amulette de Cartier jewelry for the most money?
ABOUT THE AMULETTE DE CARTIER COLLECTION
When Amulette de Cartier made its debut in 2014, Cartier explained that the collection was intended as its entry into the “lucky luxury” market. Other elite brands had been doing booming business with jewelry that doubled as a good luck charm—Chanel had its four-leaf clovers, Van Cleef & Arpels had it’s four-leaf-clover-themed Alhambra collection—and, in the Far East, wealthy parents had formed the habit of giving fine jewelry as good luck talismans to their children before important exams.
Cartier’s primary inspiration was the nazar, an eye-shaped Turkish talisman (nazar boncu?u or nazarl?k in Turkish) to ward off “the evil eye” that represented bad fortune, envy, and jealousy—a tradition also used in Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Armenia, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Azerbaijan.
An Amulette de Cartier had a small diamond in the center and left the top of the design open as “room for a wish.” The surrounding material was sometimes pavé diamonds or guilloché gold. But more often it was a semi-precious stone that came with its own traditions of protection or positive energy: malachite for everyday luck; pink opal to spread joy; onyx for strength of heart; chrysoprase for uplifting energy; or mother-of-pearl (which, according to Cartier, represented “the world is your oyster”).
WHERE CAN I SELL AMULETTE DE CARTIER JEWELRY?
Pawnshops are a convenient, local buyer that pay in cash. However, it is important to remember that pawnbrokers not specialists in the luxury market, they typically sell on to a more specialized dealer. Which results in cautious, low offers.
ONLINE AUCTION SITES
Online auction sites may have experts to authenticate your piece or they may be platforms (like eBay) where you post the jewelry yourself and hope for the best. Either way, they work best for sellers who are not in a hurry since getting the price you want involves luck and you will have to wait to receive payment. And it is important to remember that you will be charged a flat fee or a percentage of the final price.
Auction houses have trained experts who will be able to suggest a bidding range for your Amulette de Cartier. Often, in order to drum up interest, they will have specialty sales that are completely devoted to fine jewelry—and will send advance notice to collectors or dealers who have expressed interest in Cartier. For that reason, traditional auction houses often work best for rarer, collectible and statement pieces—like the black-and-white drop Amulette de Cartier earrings.
However, there are downsides: after the auction house evaluates and accepts your consignment and then inventories the piece, you then have to wait for an auction date. The harsh reality is that this can be a matter of months.
When auction time finally rolls around, you’ll have to hope that more than one bidder is interested in your piece. (And let’s not forget that auction houses collect sellers’ fees from the final gavel price.) If you’re unlucky, you may have no bids at all which means starting the process all over again.
Private buyers have very specific wants. Beware of buyers that want to “hold on” to your jewelry before paying you, they are typically just posting the item online to see it is going to sell or not. Also beware scammers who say that they did not receive the jewelry, that the piece was a fake or that it arrived damaged (especially if they then offer to “take it off your hands” at a lower price).
EXPERT JEWELRY BUYERS
Established in 2012, myGemma is the modern, 21st century method for selling pre-owned jewelry and luxury goods directly. Some companies haggle on price. Some try to take advantage of a customer who is pressed for time or who lacks expertise in fine jewelry.
At myGemma, we wanted to change that: our free service at myGemma is focused on convenience, customer relationships and getting you the best possible price. With offices in New York, the UK (Birmingham and London), Hong Kong, and Tokyo—as well as the option to sell completely online— we pride ourselves on providing a reputable and simplified way to sell fine jewelry, luxury watches, and handbags.
How we are different:
- No sales tactics: There are no high pressure sales tactics, no hidden fees, no haggling.
- Transparent pricing: We give you our best prices upfront and place you under no obligation to sell.
- Speed: We buy your fine jewelry directly, which means that the entire process can take as little as 24 hours.
- Reputation: Don't just take our word for it, read our hundreds of customers reviews and A+ BBB rating.
How it works:
- Complete our easy online form to get your personalized price quote.
- Decide whether you want to sell online (we provide free, fully insured, overnight, and trackable shipping) or come to one of our offices for an appointment (at our offices in New York, the UK, Tokyo, or Hong Kong.)
- Accept our offer and get paid, or decline our offer and have your jewelry returned free of charge.
What is my Amulette de Cartier jewelry worth?
The value of any Amulette de Cartier jewelry is determined by the following:
- Metal: 18k yellow gold, white gold or rose gold?
- Other materials: What is the material of your amulette? Is it a semi-precious stone like malachite or lapis? If your piece contains diamonds—either as an accent or pavé setting—specify the total carat weight (that information is usually found on the paperwork that came with your jewelry).
- Condition: A piece that has significant wear, too much personalized engraving, and/or damage will have a lower resale value to compensate for the cost of correcting those condition.
- Box and Papers: When your Amulette de Cartier jewelry was originally purchased, it came in a red Cartier “guirlande” box along with a certificate of authenticity and perhaps a receipt. Any and all of these materials will add to the resale value of your jewelry—and help to prove your piece’s authenticity.