If you have inherited a treasure chest of jewelry you can’t identify; we can help!
If you have inherited a treasure chest of jewelry you can’t identify; if you’ve received jewelry and you don’t know if it’s real; if you want to sell your jewelry but don’t know if it is valuable; if you’re the type who researches all the facts before you buy; if you’ll be buying and collecting jewelry at garage sales and antique stores as an investment – this guide is for you! All you will need is a magnifying glass, jeweler’s loupe and good lighting.
In America the standard is 10k gold or better. In other countries 8k or 9k is an acceptable value. If you’re wondering whether or not your gold is real, the most reliable way to find out is to take it to a certified refiner and have it tested. If you want to check for yourself, look at each piece for the following assay markings:
Most high quality silver items are stamped with a “fineness” or “quality” mark. This mark designates the precious metal content of the jewelry, and under federal law, must be accompanied by a maker’s mark or registered trademark. Look for the following:
The colors of platinum and silver jewelry are very similar. The most reliable way to tell if your item is silver, platinum or fake is to take it to a certified refiner. If you want to check for yourself, look for the following assay markings:
If you don’t see these markings on your jewelry, don’t worry; your items still may be genuine. Take any pieces you’re unsure of to a refiner. These experts will be able to tell you if your items are real and how much they are worth. Some refiners even offer a free estimate over the phone! Refiners use advanced testing methods to determine the most accurate value of your items. For more information, call 877-744-0872.