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 We Pay More

And we pay today, unlike auction houses or consignments, which can take months. Auction items and consignments generally have low reserves to ensure they sell. And because reserves are set based on current fashion and not appraised value, auction pieces have been known to sell for even less than their intrinsic (metal) value.

   We’ll Buy Your Entire Group

We will always make an offer on your entire lot. Not only do we pay premium prices for quality pieces, we also purchase everyday pieces, precious metals, stones, sterling, gold filled and costume jewelry, so you can dispose of a client’s entire jewelry estate in one clean and simple transaction.

    No Hidden Fees

If your piece doesn ’t sell at auction, you’ll pay a fee to get it back. If it does sell, you’ll pay the auctioneer’s commission. At St. John & Myers, we pay more than what you’d get at auction, and we don’t charge any fees, including insurance fees, photo fees and buy back fees that are common with other estate and fine jewelry buyers.

    One Stop Shopping

We work with a diverse network of buyers all over the world–and we don’t wait for them to come to us. That international exposure means we can offer you better prices on a wider variety of pieces. And because we have so many quality contacts in the industry, we can also assist you with paintings, furniture, art, and other estate objét d’art.

   No Risk

With St. John & Myers, you get a quick and tidy transaction, with no potential for loss. Auction houses can lose items, and will then pay only the lowest estimate value, less all fees. Or, a buyer at auction may take possession of an item but refuse to pay, in which case the consigner, not the auction house

   10 Quick Facts about St. John & Myers

  1. SJM was founded 2007 by Louis and Olivia Scholz
  2. SJM is a member of Local First Lexington, and Olivia is a current board member
  3. SJM is a member of Lexington Antique Dealers Association (LADA), and Louis is a past president
  4. SJM is a BBB member with an A rating 
  5. SJM is a member of the Jewelers of America (JA)
  6. SJM is a member of the Diamond Council of America (DCA)
    • Louis consulted on their most recent addition to the curriculum, a course on Estate Jewelry, the first of its kind in the industry.
  7. SJM is a member of the 24K Club, SEUS, and Louis is a current board member
  8. Louis has 30+ years in the jewelry industry in various sectors
    • Repairing and Creating Jewelry
    • Refining Gold, Assaying
    • Coins
    • Loose stones
    • Masonic Jewelry manufacturing
    • Cufflink manufacturing and design
    • Antique, Estate and Period Correct Jewelry
    • Independent Retailer
  1. Olivia has 14 years in the jewelry industry
    • Membership Organization and Software development
    • Cufflink manufacturing and design
    • Antique, Estate and Period Correct Jewelry
    • Independent Retailer

  2. Louis as a speaker at outside events

    Louis speaks across the country to retail jewelers and appraisers about the estate jewelry niche within the jewelry industry.

AGS Southeastern Guild and Annual Conclave/Conference

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The American Gem Society (AGS) was founded in 1934 by a small group of leading jewelers including the great grandfather of modern gemology, Robert M. Shipley. Their goal was to create an organization that could help protect the jewelry-buying public from fraud, and false advertising.  Today, we’re proud to say, Shipley’s vision has become a reality. Nearly 3,500 jewelers, retailers, suppliers, individual titleholders and affiliates have joined the American Gem Society and have dedicated themselves to:

      • Consumer protection
      • Ethical business practices
      • Development and maintenance of superior gemological skills and knowledge

NAJA's Annual Conference
Taken from their website        

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is the only appraisal association in the United States that devotes itself solely to the appraisal of gems and jewelry and silver flatware and holloware.  All of our energies focus on these, and only these, subjects which are updated with new information as it becomes available.

ASA's Master Gemologist Appraiser Course

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The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) is the oldest appraisal society in the United States.  The ASA has been training professional appraisers since its precursor, the American Society of Technical Appraisers, began in 1936. Today, ASA is still the country’s only multidisciplinary appraisal society, giving its members the most solid grounding in the appraisal principles that underlie all classes of property: real, personal, tangible and intangible.

Jewelry Camp (August 2013)

Taken from their website  
For the jewelry professional, and the passionate collector, jewelry knowledge and education is crucial for success in business because the industry as we know it has changed. Different factors are responsible: technology has reshaped how we advertise and purchase, and fluctuations in the global economy have made precious metal prices soar, among other things. So how does this affect the jewelry collector, buyer, and retailer?        

These are the kinds of issues that Jewelry Camp addresses, bringing you the right education for the real world. The combination of knowledge about the current market with the historical context of antique jewelry pieces gives you the requisite edge to compete in today’s Antique, Estate, and Vintage jewelry markets.

Alabama and Georgia Jewelers Associations' Annual Convention

A combined annual convention of the two states' Jeweler Association. Louis conducted a luncheon seminar on how to "spot a fake" at the repair take counter as well as what to look for in estate jewelry.

SJTA semi annual conference

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The Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) is the nation’s oldest association for independent jewelry representatives and the official sponsor and producer of the trade-only Atlanta Jewelry Show. The Atlanta Jewelry show has been working with Jewelers from the Southeast region for more than 60 years. That's because with over 500 booths on display, this show is where the independents come to sit down with their local sales representatives in an environment that's relaxed, friendly and over flowing with "Southern Hospitality."

Model A Restorers Club National Meet (June 2013)

Taken from their materials  An estimated 800-1,000 attendees will drive to Lexington from all over the US and Canada. This weeklong event is a celebration of the beloved Model A, but also of fashion from the era of 1928 to 1931.

The SMART Jewelry Show (April 2013)

Taken from their website  
The SMART Jewelry Show is a perfect mix of jewelry show and industry conference, seamlessly blending a bustling trade show floor and a world class education program. Now in its fifth year, it:
Provides great buying opportunities from highly sought-after manufacturers and suppliers
Has an unsurpassed education program with most sessions located right on the show floor
Will motivate and pump you up for the road ahead in 2013

antique jewelry expert Louis Scholz
antique jewelry expert Louis Scholz




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