Acquisitions and Expertise

We Pay More Because We Know 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 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 buyback 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 in 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 the 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

9. 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

10. Louis is 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 Southeast Guild and Annual Conclave/Conference

Taken from their website
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

Taken from their website
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.