- Apr 5, 2009
Ditto yssie -- the estate/antique sellers have caught the price increase bug, too.Yssie|1308684668|2951220 said:ruby59|1308683839|2951213 said:To the poster who commented about ebay, they apparently have heard about the diamond increase as well. A few on there who are apparently drop shippers, as they have the same diamonds listed as on this website, have higher prices than what can be found here. Most of the average sellers are long gone, and the few who are left, have their diamonds listed at extremely high prices. The only exception is in the antique categories. But overall even on ebay, bargains are few and far between.
The antiques vendors have clearly cottoned on to these hikes - I haven't been finding any bargains lately, and I've been looking! And the private sellers of used goods all seem to be listing by the appraisal value lately
I've been checking ebay regularly since March-April for vintage settings to replace my temporary setting that's too big for me. There are fewer and fewer quality estate and vintage settings listed - especially settings without stones -- so I'm wondering if people are just scrapping these more basic settings instead of listing them. The vintage/estate pieces set with diamonds have all gone up in price -- even outdated, poor-quality mass-merchandise settings, in 14 kt. yellow gold, which used to be available for peanuts. These still aren't selling -- I see the same ones listed over and over -- but you can also see where the sellers have turned down offers, so I guess these sellers are sticking to their guns, expecting the price increases to work in their favor, even on the cr*p.
The prices of decent estate/vintage pieces has been steadily increasing, including pieces that need work! And on the auctions I've been watching, there are several bidders, so the prices get bid up pretty quick.
I asked my local jeweler to price out a few stock settings for me, and the quotes I got back made a custom solitaire from Leon look like a bargain. It's nuts. I'm not sure what I'm going to do -- keep looking on ebay and Craigslist and hope there are still a few sellers out there who aren't following the diamond/metals markets, I guess! It's really made me rethink several jewelry projects. I'd rather spend the money on travel.