What We Buy

Gold and other precious metals are selling at all-time highs this year. Search your drawers, jewelry box, safe, or safe-deposit box. Have you lost any single earrings? Are you saving a broken item for repair and just never got around to getting it fixed? Perhaps you received a gift of jewelry that you don't like or is out of style, or was from someone whom you'd, well, rather not remember? Whether it is still usable or not, we will buy it! Why hold on to all that old, broken, unwanted jewelry when you can easily, quickly and safely turn it into cash.

WE BUY:
Anything made primarily of precious metals: gold, platinum, and silver (and their alloys), whether they are marked or unmarked. Examples:

Chains:
Necklaces, bracelets, ankle bracelets (anklets), belly chains
Necklaces & Pendants:
Charms, lockets, pendants, dog tags, medals, medallions, religious jewelry
Bracelets:
Bangles, cuffs, charm bracelets, ID bracelets, gemstone bracelets, tennis bracelets, toggle bracelets
Rings:
Women's rings, men's rings, children's rings, wedding bands & rings, engagement rings, anniversary rings, eternity bands & rings, mother's rings, class rings, rolling rings, braided/woven rings, toe rings
Earrings:
Pierced earrings, clip-on earrings, hoop earrings, chandelier earrings, button earrings, stud earrings
Pins:
Brooches, pins, lapel pins, class/school pins, organizational/service pins
Men's Dress Jewelry:
Cufflinks, shirt studs, tie bars, tie clips, tie tacks, collar stays
Medical Jewelry:
Medical ID bracelets, ID pendants, pill boxes
Personal Accessories: Money clips, key chains, pens, toothpicks
Watches:
Wristwatches, pocket watches (we pay only for gold, platinum, or silver cases & bands, not for the workings - regardless of brand)
Body Jewelry:
Body piercing jewelry
Broken, Damaged Jewelry:
Broken jewelry of all types: broken, kinked, knotted, tangled chains; broken links, loose clasps, lobster claws, spring rings; loose findings, blank ring mountings without stones; single earrings, mismatched earrings, loose earring backs
Miscellaneous:
Dental gold, scrap gold, gold flakes, gold nuggets
Investment Metals:
Bars, bullion, coins, ingots — domestic & foreign
Silver Items:
Candlesticks, flatware, serveware, goblets, knick knacks, trophies

WE DO NOT BUY:
Items with little to no precious-metal content. Examples: Costume jewelry, electro gold plate or E.G.P., gold electroplate or G.E.(P)., gold filled or G.F., gold plated or G.P., heavy gold electroplate or H.G.E., rolled gold plate or R.G.P., gold leaf, silver plate, aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, iron, nickel, pewter, stainless steel, steel, tin, titanium, tungsten, zinc, etc. If we receive an entire shipment which our tests show not to be gold, platinum, or silver, we will return it to the Seller. We also don't buy anything that isn't appropriate for melting down — not priceless family heirlooms, nor items with profound sentimental value, nor museum-quality antiquities — all of which have intrinsic value beyond their precious metal content. We are strictly law-abiding, and under no circumstances will we knowingly buy stolen merchandise.

ABOUT DIAMONDS, OTHER GEMSTONES, AND PEARLS:
The price we offer is based on the items' gold, platinum or silver content only. We do not remove, return or compensate for any diamonds or other precious, semi-precious, or non-precious stones, pearls, beads, etc., that are attached to the jewelry. Sellers who wish to keep their stones are welcome to remove them before sending their items to us.

ABOUT PRECIOUS METALS:
The following guide is provided to help identify which items have valuable precious-metal content. Sellers do not need to determine the exact type of gold, platinum, or silver their items are made of — no need to clean, repair, sort or weigh items either. Just send them, as-is, to us. We'll weigh and test them — under your watchful eye via webcam hookup — using the latest, most accurate and reliable methods in the industry.

Gold:
Items are marked based on the number of parts-per-24 of pure gold; for example, 24 karat gold (24k) is 24/24th's (at least 99.9%) pure gold, by weight. Gold is usually alloyed (diluted) with other metals. While pure gold is naturally yellow in color, gold alloys may be yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, green gold or other colors. White gold with rhodium plating is valued as gold; the rhodium content is negligible. Some gold jewelry designs incorporate multiple colors (two-tone gold, tri-color gold, etc.), or multiple metals (gold with platinum or silver). In the U.S., until the early 1980's it was legal (and very common) for gold jewelry to be under-karated up to 0.5 k. For example, a piece could be marked 14k even if it was only 13.5k. Gold alloys marked below 10k are unregulated and often under-karated. The most common gold designations are:

24 karat or kt or k (24/24th's gold), or 999
22 karat or kt or k (22/24th's gold), or 916
21.6 karat or kt or k (21.6/24th's gold), or 900
20 karat or kt or k (20/24th's gold), or 833
18 karat or kt or k (18/24th's gold), or 750
14 karat or kt or k (14/24th's gold), or 585
12 karat or kt or k (12/24th's gold), or 500
10 karat or kt or k (10/24th's gold), or 417
9 karat or kt or k (9/24th's gold), or 375
8 karat or kt or k (8/24th's gold), or 333

Platinum:
Items are marked based on the number of parts-per-1,000 of pure platinum; for example, 999 platinum is 999/1,000th's (at least 99.9%) pure platinum, by weight. In the U.S., items marked only "Platinum"Ě must be at least 950 platinum, and items marked below 850 platinum are unregulated. Occasionally, platinum is alloyed with other "Platinum Group Metals"Ě (PGM), such as iridium (Irid. or Ir.), osmium (Osmi. or Os.), palladium (Pall. or Pd.), rhodium (Rhod. or Rh.), and ruthenium (Ruth. or Ru.); when the other metal exceeds 5% it must be listed (e.g., "10% Irid Plat"Ě). PGM alloys with platinum under 500/1,000th's and total PGM under 950/1,000th's, and other types of alloys such as "585 platinum," "karat platinum," etc., are unregulated. The most common platinum designations are:

999 Plat or Pt (999/1,000th's platinum)
950 Plat or Pt (950/1,000th's platinum)
900 Plat or Pt (900/1,000th's platinum)
850 Plat or Pt (850/1,000th's platinum)

Silver:
Items are marked based on the number of parts-per-1,000 of pure silver; for example, 999 silver is 999/1,000th's (at least 99.9%) pure silver, by weight. In the U.S., silver items under 925, and coin silver under 900, are unregulated. Gold-plated sterling silver, gold overlay (G.O.), or vermeil, is marked and valued as 925 silver; the surface layer of gold is negligible. The most common silver designations are:

999 or "Fine Silver"Ě (999/1,000th's silver)
925 or "Sterling Silver"Ě (925/1,000th's silver)
900 or "Coin Silver"Ě (900/1,000th's silver)
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