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10 Items We Don’t Buy (and 7 We Do!)

Jan 3, 2018

When you come to Samuelson’s Buyers to sell your valuables, our trusted evaluators are committed to providing you with the best possible offer. We’re also dedicated to giving you the highest level of customer service throughout your experience with us.

With that in mind, we’d like to take some time to help you understand the types of valuables and other items we cannot buy from you.

We hope this blog post will give you a clearer picture of our services so the next time you have something valuable to sell, you’ll know right away whether or not we will be able to make you an offer.

Why We Don’t Buy Certain Items

The fact that we specialize in buying only certain items is a benefit to our customers!

When you’re selling something of value, you want to make sure the person you’re selling to is making a fair and competitive offer. The only way a buyer can do this is if they have an in-depth understanding of the type of item you’re trying to sell.

Here at Samuelson’s Buyers, we’ve been buying valuables from customers in Washington DC, Baltimore, Virginia, and Maryland since 1922. Over the years, we’ve developed an extensive level of professional knowledge about certain types of valuables.

We purposefully only buy these types of valuables so that we can ensure we’re providing you an educated offer. When we make you an offer, you can trust that you won’t get a better price anywhere else.

10 Things We Won’t Buy From You

Below, we’ve outlined the 10 types of valuables we don’t buy. If you have questions about any of these items, give us a call! We’d be happy to help you.

Costume Jewelry

Costume jewelry encompasses a wide variety of jewelry with one common theme: it’s all fake.

Modern costume jewelry (also called fallalery, fashion jewelry, and fake jewelry) is designed to look beautiful, but in reality is constructed out of plastics, base metals, glass, and inexpensive string.

While this type of jewelry can be a fun and inexpensive way to complete your outfit, it’s not valuable. The only exception to this could be a vintage costume jewelry piece, since some people collect these types of items. Even so, at Samuelson’s Buyers, we never buy costume jewelry.

Synthetic Diamonds & Gemstones and Moissanite

Similar to costume jewelry, synthetic diamonds or other gemstones are made to look like the real deal and may appear valuable to the untrained eye. Moissanite, a crystal composed of silicon carbide, is also engineered to give the illusion of a diamond.

Although synthetic diamonds, gemstones, and moissanite will typically cost more than a costume jewelry item, it is nowhere near as valuable as the real thing.

Apple Watches & Non-Swiss Watches

Though other types of watches may have value, here at Samuelson’s Buyers, the only type of watches we buy are Swiss watches. Swiss watches are made with higher quality metal, steel links and casing, crystal facing, and hand-assembled metal gears.

Some examples of watch brands we do not buy include:

  • Apple Watches
  • Citizen
  • Seiko
  • Nixon
  • Guess
  • Fossil
  • Michael Kors
  • Coach

Gold Teeth/Fronts

In years past, many people would receive gold tooth fillings or gold teeth implants. Some families will keep these teeth in their family after their loved one has passed away in the hopes of selling them someday. Although these items are made of gold, we typically do not buy gold teeth or teeth fronts.

Coins that are Not Gold or Silver

Although we will buy gold and silver coins, we won’t buy coins made of other types of materials. For example, we don’t buy pennies. We also don’t buy wheat pennies or nickels in very small quantities.


Many people love collecting crystals– whether for spiritual, healing, or decorative purposes. Crystals can be valuable and are very beautiful. However, here at Samuelson’s Buyers, they are not something we are able to buy from you.

Un-branded Silver Jewelry

Do you have silver jewelry laying around your home? We may or may not be able to buy this from you– it all depends on whether or not the jewelry is name branded. Give us a call if you’re unsure about whether or not we can make you an offer on your silver jewelry.


We understand how beautiful your chinaware might be. Vintage china in particular has a very elegant and valuable appearance. Unfortunately, whether its been passed down through the family or is a modern set, we do not buy china.


There’s no doubt that some pieces of artwork are very valuable– particularly pieces from famous artists. Even so, keep in mind that our specialization is in jewelry. We do not buy artwork pieces.

Small Diamonds

Yes, we do buy diamonds. However, there are some exceptions. If you have smaller diamonds such as round brilliant diamonds under 0.50 carats to 0.75 carats, we likely won’t buy them. Additionally, if you have a uniquely shaped diamond (anything other than a round diamond), we can only make you an offer if it is above 0.75 carats.

If you’re not sure how many carats your diamond is feel free to give us a call. We’d be happy to help you identify the shape and carat of your diamond.

So What Do We Buy?

Now that we’ve covered everything we don’t buy, you may be wondering what we do buy!
Below is an overview of 7 items we do buy. Click on each item to learn more!

  1. Diamonds
  2. Engagement Rings
  3. Swiss Watches (Patek Philippe, Cartier, Rolex)
  4. Estate Jewelry
  5. Silver
  6. Gold
  7. Coins and Bullions

Have questions about how our buying process works? Take a look at our FAQ page!

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Schedule your one-on-one consultation with one of our expert diamond buyers today.
Call us at (301) 718-4825 to get started. Or contact us online! We can’t wait to hear from you.

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