Behind the scenes there is a great amount of work that goes into recycling different quality diamonds.
When I buy diamonds in existing jewelry that get taken out of the piece, there are many steps before they get a new life in a custom crafted piece of new jewelry. I often acquire pieces of jewelry made many years ago that is sold for scrap. We remove the diamonds from the old piece to be recycled into the industry to make new jewelry.
There are many steps to this process. First the piece is cleaned before the diamonds are removed. In our state of the art jewelry shop, the diamonds are taken out of the jewelry, using various methods so as not to break or lose the diamonds. Next the diamonds are put into a stainless steel basket and are soaked in alcohol for a few days to loosen up the accumulated years worth of grime. Then the diamonds are put into an ammonia and strong detergent bath in an ultrasonic cleaner to continue the cleaning process. Once clean, the diamonds are dried and then put on a sorting pad to be sorted by size and quality. Here is a picture of the work in progress.
Sorting loose diamonds takes hours of time and a lot of patience. Most jewelers don't take the time to sort their break out diamonds because of the time and expense. The break out diamonds are often sold back to the jewelry trade to firms that specialize in this process. I was brought up and taught to reclaim breakout diamonds since I was in my teens. This is a process I really enjoy and consider it a hobby.
People often wonder why the small diamonds in their jewelry don't command a larger price. It is because of all of the the steps I have outlined above that are required to get them back into usable condition. When small diamonds are going into a ring your cost includes cutting, setting, and profit. When you sell your ring back to me, I cannot pay for those past expenses, but I incur expense myself as mentioned above.
Bring in your unwanted jewelry to Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler to sell for the fairest price in the Kansas City metro area.