How do I know if my jewelry is real?

  1. Look for the stamp.  The US Federal Trade Commission requires the real gold be stamped with the karat amount.  You can locate this stamp in an inconspicuous location, such as on the inside of your ring or near the clasp of your bracelet or necklace.  It should read 10k (for 10 karat gold), 14k (for 14 karat gold) and so on.  Silver and platinum will describe the grade of metal (.800, .900, .925, .950 or .999) and type (Silver, Sterling Silver, Platinum, Plat or PT).Please note that just because an item of jewelry has a stamp, it is not necessarily real.  There are disreputable people out there who can easily place a stamp onto a fake piece of jewelry.
  2. Use a magnet.  One easy way to tell if your jewelry is actual gold or silver is to run a magnet over it.  Pure gold, silver, platinum and most other precious metal or NOT magnetic.  Gold and silver jewelry are sometimes mixed with other metals which are magnetic; however, the amount of other metals contained in the alloy is not enough to make your jewelry stick to a magnet.
  3. When determining if a stone is real (Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds and other precious & semi- precious stones), remember these stones are made in nature.  Flawless stones don’t come alone that often.  Look carefully into the stone.  If any inclusions (defects) are visible it is a good sign the stone is real.
  4. Inexpensive jewelry generally doesn’t have real stones in them.  This is occasionally true with 10k gold and silver.
  5. Look at the workmanship, the links (jumper rings) are they soldered?  Fake and costume jewelry doesn’t bother with this process.
  6. Have it professionally evaluated.  The only indisputable way to tell if your jewelry is real is to have it tested by a professional.  A professional will generally perform an “acid test” or use an electronic device that can test the purity of your precious metals.  When you bring any precious metals into our shop, we can tell you without a doubt if they are indeed real.

If you decide to sell your old, unwanted or broken jewelry for fast and easy cash, please keep in mind that your jewelry is being evaluated for its purity and weight ONLY.  Not for its ornamental or sentimental value of the piece.

We are looking for the following items:

  • 10k, 14k and 18k Gold
  • Platinum
  • Scrap Gold Jewelry
  • Gold Watches
  • Gold and Silver Coins or Bullion/Bars
  • Sterling Silver Jewelry and Flatware

We buy diamond jewelry.  When considering selling a piece of diamond jewelry, the value is primarily determined by it 4C’s.

  • Carat: How much does the diamond weigh?
  • Color: Does the diamond look clear or have a tint?
  • Clarity: Can you see any flaws in the diamond?
  • Cut: How well does the diamond reflect light?

Once these four factors are know, we can determine how much your diamond is worth.  You are under no obligation to sell us your diamond, and the evaluation is free.

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