Thinking about selling luxury items online? Here are some must-do’s before you let them go.

The luxury item market is booming, thanks to the growing popularity of online auctions. That said, letting go of your precious items requires you take a few necessary steps to ensure you earn top dollar:

Get your jewelry appraised: If you’re selling jewelry, it’s always wise to get your items appraised before you sell. This will help you understand the true value of your jewelry, which can fluctuate up and down. You may find your item is worth more or less than you think, which may cause you to change your mind about selling.

Gemological reports are a good option, too: A gemological report will let you know everything there is to know about your precious gem, with a grading and carat weight, color, clarity, and internal characteristics. These reports are option used as a component in the appraisal process, too.

Get your luxury watched serviced: If you don’t have a certificate of authenticity but want to prove your watch is real, take it to an authorized repairperson, not to a dealer. Watch dealers will not provide authenticity, but repairpersons will be able to tell if a watch is authentic or not (and likely won’t service a watch that isn’t authentic.) Keep any records of the inspection, service or repair.

Provide documentation on sports memorabilia: Sports memorabilia is among the easiest type of luxury item to forge or fake, making it imperative to have a certificate of authenticity. Submit your items to the Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) and get them certified to earn the most money on your collectible.

Temper your expectations: Remember, you’re selling items that are ultimately worth only as much as someone is willing to pay for them. Be realistic, and know that you might not always get the appraised or expected value you were hoping for.

Stick with these tips and sell your item with confidence!

Pantone Released the 2017 Color of the Year – What This Means for Jewelry

Every year since 2000, Pantone, the company best known for standardizing colors from manufacturer to manufacturer and across industries through its Pantone Matching System, has selected a Color of the Year. They choose this hue as, in their words, “A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” These color selections invariably influence fashion and design going forward.

2017’s Color of the Year is Greenery, a shade of yellow-green that recalls new leaves and buds and the freshness of spring. The company cites the desire of modern people to immerse themselves in nature, to unplug from the hectic demands of everyday life, as the inspiration for this choice. As Pantone states, “Greenery is nature’s neutral,” and it is an easy shade to incorporate in your look through jewelry.

Emerald is classically known as the must-have green gemstone, popular not only for its beauty but for its resistance to scratching, which makes it a practical choice for rings as well as for earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. While emeralds come in a variety of different shades of green, those mined in Brazil tend toward the yellow-green end of the emerald spectrum. Emeralds are quite rare, especially those that are exceptionally large, free of inclusions, or deeply colored, which makes them more expensive than diamonds on a per-carat basis.

Another well-known green gemstone is jade. What we call jade can actually be one of two materials: nephrite or jadeite. Both can be found in a variety of shades of green, and they have been used as highly prized gemstones since ancient times. The most valuable jade has a beautiful green hue and is semi-transparent. In jewelry, jade is most often found as beads or cabochons, which best show off its color and touchably smooth texture.

Peridot, a beautiful yellowish-green gem-quality variety of olivine, is another green gemstone well worth adding to your collection. The iron in its mineral makeup accounts for its beautiful green color. It has been used in jewelry since the time of the pharaohs, and the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.”

Best of all, you can pair any of these gems with other colored gemstones—just as the foliage of a rose provides a gorgeous backdrop for its color, green-colored gemstones can be beautifully matched with almost any other color to produce a striking look. Consider a field of wildflowers, and you’ll realize that nature most often presents beautiful colors in profuse variety. Why not echo that feeling in your jewelry?

To find a variety of green (or other) gemstones at below-market values, look no further than the live online auction at Auction King. Their wide, constantly updated selection of fine jewelry gives you the opportunity to bid from the comfort of your home in an auction conducted in real time by live auctioneers, who can answer your questions via our chat module. Sign up for a free account today to see what you’ve been missing!