You always get a professional valuation for your gold at Hartley Jewelers that is very accurate, fair, and based on current prices. Unlike other businesses where you can sell your gold, we take our time with your unwanted jewelry to complete the necessary testing, measuring, weighing and research to ensure you know exactly what you are selling and what it is worth.
We exercise honest and open discretion. If you bring us a coin or rare item that is worth more than the gold it contains, we promise to inform you so you don’t make the mistake of taking less than it is worth. If we ascertain that the stones are valuable enough to justify the expense of removing and keeping them, we will always inform you. If gold value has increased overnight, we will give you today’s higher value so you get the most for your gold. In all situations, we concentrate our 45 years of expertise and rely on a full team of specialists to support every purchase we make. You can have complete confidence that Hartley Jewelers will tell you exactly what you have, and exactly what you are getting for it.
Typically, we complete our assessment of your unwanted gold and offer you 50% of its value the day it is assessed. Now, we have increased the amount we pay! We still offer 50% of gold valued up to $500. However, if the gold is valued between $501 and $1000, we offer you 60%. Even better, we will offer you 70% of your gold value if it is worth over $1000. Furthermore, we will offer that as cash in hand, or even give you store credit toward a new piece of jewelry, jewelry repair, restoration, custom creation, or any of the professional services our goldsmiths and jewelers offer. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, you can submit your specific gold selling question to us. We’ll get right back to you! This is NOT a limited time offer.
You can take your time unearthing your unwanted gold and bringing it to us for our expert valuation. We have become busy as the most reliable gold buyer in the area, so be prepared to leave your jewelry with us while we complete the detailed task of assessing your items. See store hours.
Selling Jewelry or Gold
Gold buyer advertising is everywhere, but not all gold buyers are the same. Making sure that the gold buyer has a physical address (and not only a P.O. box) is the first step in determining who you wish to sell your gold to. Always verify the physical address through some other way other than their website (i.e. Superpages or the phone book). You do not want to send your gold off to someone without a verifiable physical address, as they may be difficult to get in touch with if problems should arise. Selling your gold in person to a jeweler you know and trust helps eliminate much of the potential worry that can arise when dealing with an internet business and people whom you do not know.
It is also worth considering what else the business does. At Hartley Jewelers, we have built a reputation for our talent in custom jewelry, repair and restoration. This means you have the option of trading in your gold or unwanted jewelry, for something updated, redesigned, or totally new.
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There are 3 variables that will affect the amount of money you will get for your gold:
- Gold purity (karat)
- Weight (grams)
- Daily spot gold price on stock market, live price for pure gold today:
The first two, purity and weight, will never change once your gold jewelry or items are measured and assessed. But the daily gold spot price will. As gold is sold daily on stock markets around the world, the price of gold will vary every day. You can see today’s value of gold in the chart above. It is important to understand that this is the price for pure gold. Pure gold is 24 karat gold, and can be thought of as 100% gold. But, you rarely see a “24k” stamp on a ring. Usually, you see “14k” on a piece of jewelry. This simply means that the ring is 14 parts pure gold, and 10 parts other metals. The math is simple, 14/24 = 58.3% pure gold. So, when you weigh your 14k ring, you have to understand that only 58.3% of that weight is pure gold. Jewelers and gold buyers use two different calculations, pennyweights (DWT) and grams (G) The value of your gold will be exactly the same regardless of what weighing method is used. One Troy ounce = 20 pennyweight (DWT). Or, as is currently popular, in metric in which 31.1 grams = one metric ounce. The conversion is 1.55 grams = 1 dwt (Troy ounce).
Every gold buyer will calculate the maximum value they can get for the gold based on grams and gold purity. Based on that maximum value they will discount what the gold is worth so they can take some profit, just like any business.
Any gold buyer will pay for the “melt value” of your jewelry – that is, the value of the gold itself once it has been melted down and sent to the refinery. Craftsmanship is not a consideration when assessing value of your gold.
Jewelry appraisers will appraise your jewelry based on “retail replacement value” – in other words, what will it cost to replace your jewelry if it is lost or stolen. Therefore, these appraisals do not consider the value of the gold itself and have nothing to do with payment you should expect when selling your gold.
Unfortunately, stamps in jewelry are not always reliable. Although most countries require manufacturers to stamp the gold content of their jewelry, very few countries (including the US) enforce these laws or require an independent third party to evaluate the item. While the stamp on your jewelry is most likely correct, it does happen that jewelry is fraudulently stamped.
Upon receiving your gold, a gold buyer will first look for a stamp on the jewelry made by the manufacturer indicating the karat. Three testing methods may be used to verify the gold purity of your items (acid/scratch test, electronic tester, and X-ray fluorescence scan).
Some of my old gold jewelry has diamonds, or semi-precious stones, in the settings. What happens to those when I sell my gold?
If you sell your gold to a jeweler with goldsmiths in house, diamonds and other stones can be removed and returned to you. There may be a charge to you for this service. Alternately, if the stones are tiny, scratched, or chipped, they may not be worth the cost of removing. It is important to note that not all jewelers make clear the option of getting your stones back. You should have this discussion with the jeweler if you are concerned about keeping your stones.