Selling Gold Jewelry

Selling Gold Jewelry

sell gold jewelryYour dwindling bank account may have you thinking about selling gold jewelry. The high value of gold tempts many people to sell scrap gold. That old ring in the jewelry box starts looking like a million bucks. You can rest assured that the old ring in your jewelry box is not worth a million bucks. So don’t assume you’ll get rich by selling scrap gold.

You have to decide if you want to sell your gold jewelry as jewelry or scrap gold. Selling jewelry for its weight in gold probably won’t get you a lot of money. Consider the price you paid for the piece. A $500 ring might bring in $100 or less as scrap gold.

This is because the ring will be valued based only on its gold content. The craftsmanship or antique value of the ring is unimportant. The ring could have a diamond in it, but it doesn’t matter.

When you realize the small amount of money you’ll get, you might decide selling your gold item is not a good idea. If you ring has a high resale value as a piece of jewelry, sell it that way. It’s possible that you can get more by selling the ring than by selling it for scrap gold. This is certainly true if the ring is an antique.

You should also keep in mind that some jewelry has absolutely no resale value. Class rings, plain wedding bands and rings that are in bad shape are difficult to sell. Those items are probably best used for a scrap gold sale.

You’ll probably want to get your jewelry appraised first. Search online and in your local phone books for appraisers. Most of them charge a fee for their services, so be prepared to part with some money. 

Find an appraiser you can afford and make an appointment. When you go to the appointment, make sure to take all the gold you want to sell.

The following items can be sold if they are made from real gold:

– Bracelets
– Rings
– Earrings
– Necklaces
– Cufflinks
– Charms
– Miscellaneous Knickknacks

If you don’t want to visit an appraiser, ask a jeweler for help. They can weigh your gold and give you a value based on its weight. However, that’s not the actual amount you’ll get for scraping the gold item.

Whoever buys your gold will take at least 10 percent or more off its true value. This is so they can resell the piece and make a profit.

When you’re selling gold jewelry, a collector is the only person who might pay the actual value of your jewelry. However, you’d have to have a rare or valuable piece to attract a collector’s attention. You should try to find a local buyer before looking outside of your city.

If you can’t find a local buyer, carefully research nonlocal buyers before doing business with them. There are people who will scam you out of your gold. Taking time to perform research will pay off in the end.

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