Willyn Villarica Jewelry

Are There Diamond Sources in the Philippines?

Hello everybody! This is how a typical day as a gemologist is like for me: I get a ton of messages with photos of rocks and crystals asking me if what they have are diamonds or rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Sad to say, I’m always the bearer of bad news and tell them no. Aside … Read more

Selling Vintage Jewelry: How to Get the Best Market Value

Ever think about those gemstone earrings or diamond bracelets you have stored inside that jewelry box you haven’t opened in a while? Or you’ve looked over this gold jewelry with lots of history attached to it and think it’s the best time to let it go. Whatever reason you may have, this could be an … Read more

Investing in Jewelry: Does Jewelry Depreciate?

Jewelry is often seen as something that can elevate a look or as a way of expressing someone’s artistic side. But more than that, jewelry is something that some people invest in, whether that includes looking around jewelry stores and auction houses or finding historical pieces, or collecting items that were handed down to them … Read more

Expert’s Guide on Where to Get Jewelry Appraised

If you’ve ever gotten a piece of jewelry that you loved and wanted to keep forever, you may have wondered what it was worth. Perhaps you’ve heard about the process of jewelry appraisal. But now you might be thinking, what is the deal about getting jewelry appraised? Where do you even go about doing that? … Read more

Why You Should Get a Ring Appraisal

If you’ve been handed down a beautiful gold ring by your grandfather or started a new chapter of your life with your partner (and your three-stone engagement ring), perhaps it’s passed your mind what you can do to protect something so meaningful. You can do your own part to keep it safe, but there’s only … Read more

Tools I Use to Identify Colored Stones: Gemstone Identification

Do you have a few colored stones or gems lying around and want to identify what they are? Have you been shopping for jewelry and wondering if the gemstone is real? Identifying colored stones can be difficult, especially if it’s your first time doing so. Luckily, I’m here to help guide you through this process! … Read more

Cubic Zirconia vs Diamond: A Comprehensive Comparison

Jewelry is something that can quickly elevate any look, and you might be wondering which type of stone to choose when it comes to looking your best: diamond or cubic zirconia. Whether searching for the perfect engagement ring or just a statement piece, this comparison between diamond and cubic zirconia will provide you with all … Read more

Jewelry appraisal for insurance, why is it important?

Picture this: you recently got engaged and have the most intricate diamond engagement ring you will cherish forever. Its sentimental value is worth hundreds and hundreds, but it’s also worth a similar amount in pesos because of the different materials and gems used to make it. With something as unique as this, you’d want to … Read more

Should You Get an Appraisal From a “Certified GIA Appraiser”?

When availing of services, people often look at professionals’ supposed credentials or certifications. Understandably, it’s usually the better choice when you see someone who says they’re certified to do something instead of the alternative. The same idea applies when looking for an appraiser. As you go through the names of some professional appraisers, you might … Read more

What to Expect From an Estate Jewelry Appraisal

Are you considering having an estate jewelry appraisal done? If so, you’re probably wondering what this process is like or what it’s even for. It can be a little confusing if you don’t have prior knowledge or experience in getting an appraisal. What’s included? What am I supposed to do during an appraisal? Is it … Read more