You first need to choose a reputable professional to send your jewellery to.
Here is what I would do to do such a choice :
Apply this process to avoid the few scammers that could still exist online while getting a great price for your jewellery.
Then got to their website, fill in your information and print the form.
Go to your post office, pay for the delivery of the package with your pieces. Don't forget insurance so that even if the package is lost or damaged you get your money.
When received, the professional will evaluate the jewellery sent and make you an offer.
If you accept the offer, you get a bank wire 24h later.
If you refuse, they send your pieces back without cost.
Most of the time, jewellery is recycled (smelted) to be used in new pieces of jewellery.
Gold prices are very high these days and it is a good time to sell unused/unwanted jewellery for cash.
For example, a troy ounce of gold was worth £220 in May 2005, £500 in 2009, and up to £1160 at the peak in 2012 !
At the time I am writing this article, (March 2019), the current price of gold is £973 for every troy ounce.
Therefore, the price of gold could still go up towards the peak that happened in 2012 but it might also go back to where it came at £200 at the beginning of the 21th century.
In my opinion the current valuation of gold is still very interesting and it is really worth to sell jewellery back to cash.
In my opinion, the current valuation of gold (> £900) is still very interesting and it is really worth to sell jewellery back to cash.
Besides, the production of gold creates a lot of pollution. More than 2500 liters of water are used to extract a single gram of gold. Worse, some industrials use mercury in the process and pollute the land for the next 20-50 years to come, leaving local population with severe health issues.
Recycling unused jewellery, is not only good for your bank account, it is also good for the environment !
Another argument in favor of selling unwanted jewellery is the risk of home burglary. Burglars are extremely active and will find anything in gold in the house. Even if they only have 10 minutes to search your items, some of them are equipped with metal detector that make it easy to find hidden jewellery.
In september 2018 , the police has recorded 427 435 burglaries in a single year in England and Walles only (source : Crime in England and Wales: year ending September 2018 )
427 435 burgalries in a year = 428 every day ! Do you still think it is a good idea to stack up gold at home ?
I know that there are uncertainties to what would happen to deposits should a bank go bankrupt but I personnaly evaluate the risk of burglary as much higher than losing money in the bank.
The police has recorded 427 435 burglaries in a single year in England and Walles only
Anything that contains gold, silver, palladium or platinum can be sold.
Most scrap gold professional will melt jewellery to filter precious metals. Therefore it doesn't matter if it is an acient watch, a coin, any kind of jewellery, as long as there are precious metals it can be melted.
The only exception is related to surface treatments : Gold plated is not eligible for scrap and is close to worthless. Indeed gold plated jewellery is made of very common metals such as copper on top of which is added a micro layer of gold of about 1µm.
Needless to say that it is not profitable to extract this very tiny layer of precious metal.
You should also pay attention to jewellery with precious stones : In such cases, I strongly advise you to visit an authentic jeweller who is a craftsman (not only a reseller). He might be able to resell the piece as such or might propose you a good price for the stone to be used in some other of his creations.
One of the easiest thing to do is to bring a magnet near the piece of jewellery. Gold and silver are not magnetic and they shouldn't be attracted by the magnet.
Sadly, other metals such as copper are also not magnetic and it is not enough to find out the metal of a piece of jewellery.
Therefore, we need a more reliable approach :
Every piece of jewellery in gold or silver has tiny markings named hallmarks. You might need a magnifying glass to see them !
Reading these hallmarks will give you not only the metal but also the purity in gold and silver.
For example a ring with 750 means that the ring is made of gold 18 carats (75% gold, 25% other metals).
I strongly encourage you to read our article about hallmarks to learn more about them.
Even though reading the hallmarks will provide you information, some dishonest jewelers apply 18 carat hallmarks to 9 carats jewellery to make more money. Hallmarks are not enough for professionals, they prefer to test with acid jewellery.
The idea is they apply a tiny bit of different bottles of acid on the piece of jewellery and depending if there is or not a reaction, they can infer the purity and the metal of the piece.
There area few more methods to find out what metal jewellery is made of, I talk about them in this article : How to find out what metal my piece of jewellery is made of ?
There are 3 main reasons that explain a differences between what is expected and what is proposed : - The weight you have estimated at home is inaccurate. It is rather rae to have at home a accurate scale. Even kitchen scales are not accurate enough. Besides they have to be well calibrated. Another option is to put all your jewellery and go to your nearest post office and scale the package there. Their scales are ok. - The package takes a few days to be received and processed by the professional. During this time, the price of gold might change slightly. You can check the price of gold at different dates with our graphs : Precious metals graphs in pounds. Usually the variations of gold are very moderate. It shouldn't move more than 1-2% in a few days. - Some of your items are not in precious metals : Gold plated items look good but are worthless. If you send several items and some of them are not in gold, you will get a lower amount than expected. You can ask the professional to send you back the gold plated item.
No. the color of gold doesn't matter. The reason is because every gold piece of jewellery is an alloy.
There is gold indeed but not only. Gold is too soft to be worn everyday. These other metals change the metal color but the amount of gold is the same whether it is red gold, yellow gold or white gold.
I have written an article on gold alloys, please feel free to read it : Yellow, grey, green gold..: What are gold alloys ?
Coins have 2 types of value : Numismatic and from the amount of gold or silver they contain.
If your coin is wel preserved and is rather ancient ,it is worth looking at its numismatic value.
If it is in a sorry state or very common, the numismatic value will be the same as the amount of gold it contains. The facial value doesn't matter.
London LBMA is the institution that sets the market price of gold. It is a group of private banks that provide daily their own idea about how much gold is worth. All of them are aggregated and the resulting price is the spot price. You can check out our gold price graph : Historical price of gold in pounds