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For over 25 years, Van Rijk Jewellers has specialized in buying, selling, and trading estate jewellery and watches. We have Toronto's largest selection of pre-loved luxury items and our professionally trained staff will happily assist you in finding what you are looking for.
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Van Rijk Jewellers, Toronto Reviews (48)
Thank you to every one at Van Rijk and a especial thanks to Mr. Van Rijk. It was wonderful meeting and interacting with you.
selling my Rolex
It shows they have been in business for a long time
Thank you Alec
His knowledge is incredible.
I'm retired now and felt that it was time to sell the items that were not going to ever be worn.
I did some research and Van Rijk Jewellers consistently rated as professional and trustworthy.
I made an appointment to see Alex Van Rijk. At exactly the appointment time I was ushered into his office. He did not keep me waiting an extra second. He was polite and professional. He assumes that you have done your research and have a rough idea of the value of your items. If you haven't or are unsure, he will explain it to you. I had done some research and had a rough idea of the realistic value of most of my items.
Alex tests your gold items right in front of you and separates them by karat. He also weighs them in front of you and has the spot price of gold visibly posted on the wall. One bracelet surprised me by being worth more than I thought. One ring was worth less because the diamonds were not a fashionable cut for re-sale and not large enough to be worth re-cutting. Alex had no problem with me deciding to keep the ring.
Alex may buy an exceptional piece of silver jewellery but he does not buy silver for scrap value. Like every jeweller he buys gold.
Alex then totaled everything, showed me his calculations and made me an offer. His offer was close to my original estimate and I accepted. There was one watch that I probably could have sold privately for at least 15% more for a reasonably quick sale. However there are downsides to selling valuable items privately and Alex has to pay rent and staff costs. He has to make money on transactions to stay in business.
I also got to meet Alex's wife Barbara (it is a 30+ year family business). She was also very professional and courteous.
It was a very satisfactory and painless business transaction. So much so that I will go out of my way to shop their store the next time I wish to purchase a watch or piece of jewellery. Even though this review may sound like a paid promotion, I can assure you that it is not and I am a legitimate customer.
I intended to itemise do's and don'ts for selling jewellery but that will just take up too much space.
Do your research, go in with reasonable expectations and you will not be disappointed.
A mutual friend well advised us to call on Alec Van Rijk "last" - having the solid & sound reputation for good trade value. We did just that and true to the "Rumor" - Alec Van Rijk came out "tops"!!! He did not disappoint!!
We found Alec to be courteous & respectful; sympathetic & understanding - a Professional Consummate!!
It is without any hesitation and reservation that I make my recommendation to "Everyone Out There" in search or need of such service.
Thank you Alec - you have made a "lasting impression" and your wife Barbara too. We look forward to future dealings with you ... though for Happy Occasions you bet!!
I made a second and third purchase at Van Rijk Jewellers. They consisted of a Piaget Polo watch and a gold ring with diamonds. Buying those items was like celebrating Christmas in June! My mother also purchased a Piaget watch - a Piaget Dancer, a watch she treasured. She, too, felt that she had been very well treated, and, always spoke highly of the purchasing experience.
Van Rijk Jewellers creates a high level of trust and credibility with its customers. I believe it is precisely this that sets it apart from other purveyors of vintage watches and jewellery. I know that, when I am dealing with Barbara or any member of the staff at Van Rijk's, I am looking at a high-quality item that is fairly priced. Everyone is knowledgeable, and, ready to share product knowledge, if asked to do so.
I often take a watch i bought from him and trade it in for a other watch and i have always been given a fare trade on it. Now I'm writing this review because someone very close to me bought a watch from a watch dealer in Toronto over the holidays and it was not what it was told to be, He got ripped off for a lot of money. So if your someone that is looking into buying a high end watch used in Toronto and want great service and want a good fare price from someone you don"t have to worry about buying from my best advice is to go to Van Rijk Jewellers and speak anyone down at Van Rijk Jewellers. I hope this helps anyone out there from getting burnt.
They knew my budget and didn't try to push me out of it. They took their time and showed me the standard diamond charts and gave me a little education while I was there.
And an independent seller with such a long history in one place with one name is unheard of. I am so glad I had the luck of meeting and getting to know these people, and would gladly recommend them to anyone.
On the very rare occasion I have had some issue with a watch I have bought - Alec solves the problem immediately. I would recommend this company without reservation.