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Sell Cartier Agrafe Jewellery

December 16, 2019 - Jewelry Articles
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Have a piece of Cartier Agrafe jewellery that you no longer love and no longer wear? Then you may be in luck, because the secondary market for Cartier jewellery can be quite strong—even for first-time sellers—if you have the right information. Read on, as we guide you through the process of learning about the links between haute couture and this Cartier collection, determining the current value of your jewellery, finding the best luxury jewellery buyer, and getting the highest offer when you’re ready to sell Cartier Agrafe jewellery. 

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ABOUT CARTIER’S AGRAFE COLLECTION

Since its founding in Paris in 1847, Cartier has defined chic for an international clientele of kings, maharajahs, and multimillionaires: it was Cartier, for example, that popularized the use of platinum in fine jewellery. While still Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII would stop by Cartier’s London or Paris boutiques to commission bijoux for his many mistresses, declaring Cartier “the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers.” Ascending to the throne after the long reign of his mother Victoria, Edward passed over British firms to appoint Cartier the official jeweller for his coronation. 

The rest of his family collected Cartier too: most notably descendant Edward VIII who lavished Cartier jewels on his wife Wallis Simpson when the couple reigned over the mid-20th century jet set as Duke and Duchess of Windsor. American royalty in the person of jewellery-loving megamillionaires like the Vanderbilts and heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post patronized Cartier, as did screen stars like Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. Throughout the 20th century, Cartier set the fashions in fine jewellery, from its tank watches to its famous Love Bracelets

Fast forward to the 21st century and “Agrafe,” a collection of fine jewellery named for the agrafe, a style of hook and loop fastener common on ladies’ corsets in the 19th and 20th centuries. Debuting at a time when “innerwear as outwear” ruled Paris runways, the jewellery riffed on references to the haute couture with “fabrics” woven of diamonds and 18K gold. Offered in solid metal, pavé diamonds, or partial pavé, most Agrafe jewellery capitalizes on the collection’s signature hook-and-loop design as a closure—such as employing a pavé-diamond “agrafe” as a witty clasp for a pearl necklace.

Sell Cartier Agrafe Jewellery

WHERE CAN I SELL CARTIER AGRAFE JEWELLERY?

Now that you know the history behind your piece, you’re ready to evaluate buyers. Below, we list some of the most popular places to sell Cartier Agrafe jewellery:

PAWNSHOPS

Pawnshops are fast, local, and pay in cash. But, because they’re not in the luxury end of the market, they often buy with the expectation of selling to a more specialized dealer. Which means they’re not motivated to give you the best price. 

HATTON GARDEN

London’s historic diamond district, Hatton Garden, has a convenient concentration of dealers, which means you can get multiple offers and probably sell your Cartier piece in a one quick visit. The downsides: You can expect high-pressure tactics, contradictory information, and lots of haggling.

AUCTION HOUSES

Traditional auction houses have trained experts on staff to evaluate your Cartier pieces and suggest a bidding range. They may even schedule specialty sales completely devoted to fine jewellery, which means they’re often suited for extremely collectible pieces, like Cartier’s diamond-and-gold Agrafe Cuff Bracelet. However, the downsides are wait time and unpredictability. After they accept the consignment and inventory the piece, you then have to wait for an auction date, which is usually a matter of months. If you’re lucky, you’ll have bidders competing against each other and you’ll get a good price when your jewellery goes under the gavel. If you’re not, you may receive no bids at all. And don’t forget that auction houses also collect sellers’ fees from the final price. 

ONLINE AUCTION SITES

Online auction sites operate much like traditional auction houses. Some have experts on staff, while others (like eBay) are simply places where you post the item yourself and then hope for the best. Either way, getting the price you want is a matter of luck and you’re obligated to wait for your payment. Remember that all of them stay in business by charging sellers either a flat fee or a percentage of the final price.

PRIVATE BUYERS

Private buyers—either online or local—usually have very specific wants. If your piece fits their profile then you may get a good price. But if their offers seem too good to be true, they often are. Beware buyers who plan to “hold” your piece for a while before paying you, since they are sometimes posting the piece at an online auction and waiting to see if it sells. Also watch out for potential scammers who may claim that they never received your jewellery, that the piece was a fake, that they lost the paperwork, or that it arrived damaged (and therefore they have to give you a discounted price). 

EXPERT CARTIER BUYERS

Established in 2012, WP Diamonds was created as the modern and professional alternative to traditional jewellery buyers. Some companies haggle. Some take advantage of a customer’s enthusiasm or lack of expertise. Others quote prices without mentioning that after they sell your Cartier Agrafe jewellery they then charge for insurance, a seller’s premium, commissions, or polishing and servicing the piece. We wanted to change that.

With offices in Birmingham, London, New York and Hong Kong, as well as the option to sell online, our free service is focused on speed, convenience, customer service and getting you the best possible price. We pride ourselves on offering a streamlined and hassle-free way to sell fine jewellery and luxury watches in the UK. No high pressure sales tactics, no fees or commissions deducted, no haggling. Just our best prices upfront with no obligation to sell. We buy your Cartier fine jewellery directly, meaning that the entire process can take as little as 48 hours from inquiry to payment. That’s how we earned so many loyal customers. (Read our hundreds of positive reviews for yourself.) 

WP Diamonds, an expert jewellery buyer established in 2012

ABOUT WP DIAMONDS

WP Diamonds is a leading and specialist jewellery and luxury watch buyer in the UK and internationally. No one knows the luxury jewellery market better. Every day, our industry veterans evaluate vintage and contemporary pieces from Chanel, Cartier, Bulgari, Garrard, Tiffany, and other top marques. We’re members of the UK’s National Association of Jewellers and use a highly secure Royal Mail service with a record of trustworthy, on-time delivery. We work with hundreds of customers on a daily basis, in the UK and internationally. 

Led by industry veterans, WP Diamonds offers a high-end selling process that values transparency and security above all else. We understand the emotional and monetary value of your jewellery, which is why we use a fully insured and trackable shipping service, so you can rest assured that your pieces are always safe. Our service is entirely free, and you will never need to spend a single penny on hidden fees or commissions—even if you decline our offer.

HOW MUCH IS MY CARTIER AGRAFE JEWELLERY WORTH?

The value of your Cartier Agrafe jewellery is determined by several factors:

  • Jewellery Type: Is your item a ring, pair of earrings, necklace, or bracelet?
  • Metal: Is your piece made from 18K white gold, yellow gold, or pink gold? 
  • Gemstones: Does your piece incorporate diamonds and/or pearls? Be sure to specify the total carat weight of the diamonds (you should find that information on the paperwork that came with the jewellery) as well as the condition of the pearls.
  • Condition: Do the clasps still function correctly? Are any stones missing? Are links missing? Has the ring been sized? Has it been sent back to Cartier for polishing? If your jewellery has only minor signs of wear, its value will be stronger. Alternatively, a piece that has significant wear and damage will have a lower value to compensate for the cost of any repairs—and may not be as attractive to collectors. 
  • Box and Papers: When originally bought, your Cartier Agrafe jewellery came with a red Cartier “guirlande” box with a certificate of authenticity. You may also have a receipt for the purchase. These materials are all desirable for collectors as they demonstrate the authenticity of your jewellery and will increase its overall value.

Complete our online form to see get a custom estimate for your Cartier Agrafe jewellery.

HOW DO I SELL CARTIER AGRAFE JEWELLERY FOR THE MOST MONEY?

  1. Complete our simple online form to get a bespoke price quote for your jewellery.
  2. Choose to sell online or in person.
  3. Get paid or have your jewellery returned free of charge.

We offer two convenient selling methods:

Sell Online: We will provide you with a free, fully insured, overnight, and trackable shipping label to send your jewellery to our office. When your jewellery arrives, it will be opened on camera and promptly evaluated by our luxury jewellery team. Your client manager will contact you with our final offer and explanation of how we came to that price. You can accept payment by wire or check. If you refuse our offer, you can always request to have your jewellery returned to you the next business day for free.

Sell In Person: We provide appointments at our secure and comfortable offices in Birmingham, London, New York, or Hong Kong. Appointments are typically 30 minutes long, during which you will meet with a member of our evaluation team who will assess and price your jewellery. You are never required to sell your jewellery and your appointment will always be free.

When you sell Cartier Agrafe jewellery to the experts at WP Diamonds, you can rest assured that you are getting the highest offers for your Cartier Agrafe pieces. Click the button below to see how much you can get paid when you sell Cartier Agrafe jewellery to the experts at WP Diamonds.


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