Sometimes, if you want to sell your gold jewelry you might have a very unpleasant surprise when you realize your jewelry is not really made of gold, but just gold filled. For the untrained eye, a solid gold jewel and a gold filled jewel are almost the same, so it’ hard to determine if it’s a good idea to sell the jewel or just keep it, because it’s not worth a lot of money.
How to determine if jewelry is only gold filled?
Gold filled jewelry is made by wrapping a very thin sheet of gold around another material (or metal, to be more precise). Usually, brass or nickel is used to be wrapped in gold sheets. Using heat, the gold sheet is attached to the metal base. Gold filed jewelry is similar to gold plated jewelry, although they are not the same. Gold plated jewelry has a much thinner sheet of gold, which is very important when determining the value of an item. A gold plated jewel contains less gold than gold filled one. Gold jewelry is obviously made out of gold in an alloy with another metal in a very small percentage just make the compound more durable.
Reading gold markings
Jewelry markings are a great help in determining the value of an item, so it’s important to know what markings mean before trying to sell something. Solid gold items are stamped with the karat number. Karats are used to measure the percentage of pure gold in an item. Usually, gold is measured in 8 karats, 14 karats, 18 karats, 22 karats and 24 karats. Karats are marked using a stamp like “K”, “kt” or “KP” next to a number.
Gold filled jewelry should also have stamps indicating the karat number, showing you how much pure gold there is in an item. For instance, a stamp that says “1/10 18K GF” tells you that the items is filled with 18 karat gold. The fraction “1/10” tells you the weight of the gold, meaning that one tenth of that item is gold. If the item has 10 grams, the gold weight is 1 gram, if the item has 5 grams, the gold weight is 0.5 grams and so on.
If you a see a stamp saying “RGP”, it stands for rolled gold plate, which means the item is made similar to a gold filled item, but the gold layer is thinner, like in the case of gold plated items.
However, even jewelry stamps are not always accurate, and just because you see an 18K stamped on a jewel, it could still mean the jewel is not made out of gold, because some vendors don’t add the initials “GF” for their jewelry. That’s why gold is usually tested by a dealer when you want to sell your gold items.
What to do when there are no markings?
Sometimes, jewelry just doesn’t have any stamps or other markings and it’s hard to estimate how much money it’s worth, or even if it’s worth something. If you want to make sure you’ll obtain the best price for your gold items ask for price estimations from various dealers and if the price is approximately the same, then all you need to do is choose the best alternative.
We take pride in the quality of our services, so if you have gold jewelry you want to sell, but you’re unsure how much it’s worth, we have some of the best jewelers in the state in our staff ready to offer you correct price estimations.