frequently asked questions
What do you buy?
CIRCA purchases fine jewelry, watches and diamonds. CIRCA displays expertise in signed and period jewelry including Antique, Edwardian, Georgian, Art Nouveau, Belle Epoque, Art Deco, Retro, Modern and more. We purchase fine Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby jewelry. We purchase steel sport watches, vintage, and gold watches by famous watch makers. We also purchase loose diamonds and diamond rings of all shapes, colors, and sizes. We do not, however, purchase HPHT or synthetic diamonds.
How does it work?
An appointment with CIRCA is a luxurious experience. On the day of your appointment, one of our specialists will examine the jewelry or watches you’re interested in selling. There’s no need to take notes. We do that for you, writing descriptions of your pieces and our offer for you to see. You may have questions about your jewelry and our offer. That’s okay. We’re here to help and answer any questions you may have. Should you accept our offer, we’ll write you a check right then and there.
Is there any obligation to sell?
There is no obligation to sell and no pressure either. Our buyers write down offers for your consideration. Should you accept, you will receive a check immediately.
When will I receive payment?
As soon as you accept an offer for the jewelry you wish to sell, a check will be issued to you then and there.
What jewelry brands do you buy?
CIRCA purchases jewelry by famous makers such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, DAVID WEBB, Boucheron, Verdura, Bucellatti, Bulgari, Suzanne Belperron, Schlumberger, Mauboussin, and more. To see a full list of jewelry brands we buy, click here.
What watch brands do you buy?
CIRCA purchases watches by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Panerai, Breguet, Breitling, Vacheron Constantin, Richard Mille, Cartier, and more. To see a full list of watch brands we buy, click here.
How do you arrive at an offer?
CIRCA buyers take many factors into consideration when offering for your diamonds, jewelry and watches. Diamonds are evaluated based on their inherit characteristics, including the 4C’s (Carat, Cut, Color, Clarity), overall appearance and beauty of the stone, as well as current demand for those attributes. When we make offers for your jewelry, we account for the maker, the vintage, the condition, quality, style and desirability of each piece. With our network of enthusiastic international jewelry collectors, we can ensure that our prices are competitive. When offering for your watch, condition, vintage, and market demand are just as important as it is for jewelry. And of course, the brand of your watch makes all the difference. Having original paperwork and boxes prove helpful, but are not necessary, for us to make an offer.
Do you buy only branded jewelry?
We buy only fine jewelry. Fine jewelry is not always signed, but values are usually greater when a maker can be identified, and we know enough how to find those hidden signatures that many might not spot. We buy all fine gold, diamond, and gemstone jewelry.
Where do you sell your jewelry?
CIRCA prides itself on discretion. We don’t reveal much about the purchases we’ve made and who we’ve bought from – and you can’t find our collection online. Rather, CIRCA has quite a network of private international jewelry, diamond, and watch collectors. That means we can offer you higher prices for your special pieces because we have the unique ability to look beyond limited, local markets and find just the right buyer.
Is there a fee?
There are no fees to make appointments or meet with a CIRCA specialist, even if you decide not to sell.