Gold Jewelry – "To Scrap OR Not To Scrap"

Georg Jensen Wheat Pin

Georg Jensen Wheat Pin

I’m sure you’ve all seen those ads on TV to scrap your gold jewelry. Just call them and they’ll send you a free gold testing kit and a mailer to send your jewelry back to them. Perhaps you’ve received an invitation to a “sell your gold jewelry” home party. Just take a walk past your local jewelry store and you will probably see a sign advertising that they buy gold. What to do…..

14k Gold Woven Bracelet

14k Gold Woven Bracelet

Your gold jewelry on the open market could be worth far more than scrap value. People are willing to pay much more than scrap for nicely designed rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches and pendants. You should always get your jewelry, antique jewelry or estate jewelry appraised before making the decision to scrap.
18k Ruby Cufflinks

18k Ruby Cufflinks

What about the precious stones in your gold jewelry such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, opals, pearls, amethysts, aquamarines and cats eye? They could be worth money too. If you do make the decision to scrap the gold, be sure to pull the stones as the value of the stones could easily exceed the value of the gold. I would like to think that many local jewelry stores are honest and will return the stones to you but if you mail it to one of the places that advertises on TV I am not so sure.

14k Shell Cameo Pin

14k Shell Cameo Pin

Cameos may have very little or no gold content, however, your shell, hardstone or lava cameo could be worth hundreds of dollars! Victorian garnet jewelry is very desirable and should be appraised before scrapping.

Georg Jensen Sterling Link Bracelet

Georg Jensen Sterling Link Bracelet

Gold or silver designer jewelry by David Yurman, Tiffany, Cartier, Bulgari, Georg Jensen or Van Cleef & Arpels would be worth much more on the open market than scrap value.

Miriam Haskell Necklace & Earing Set

Miriam Haskell Necklace & Earing Set

Antique costume jewelry and hair jewelry with no gold content can also be worth hundreds of dollars; especially costume jewelry signed Hattie Carnegie, Trifari, Weiss and Miriam Haskell, etc.

Selling your antique or estate jewelry for scrap may be the quick answer; but in the end you could be the loser. Before you make the decision to scrap, find out its value first and make an informed decision.

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