Knowing Your Jewelry
“So, how do I know what kind of jewelry I have?”
Sometimes it’s hard to tell what you’ve really got. If you’re unsure, bring it in and we’ll help you determine the goods from the not-so-goods. We’ll always look over your items right in front of you.
If you’d like to check your jewelry yourself, you can easily determine most items by their hallmarks.
What is a Jewelry Hallmark?
A jewelry hallmark is an official mark or series of marks struck on items made of precious metals—platinum, gold, silver and in some nations, palladium.
Often times, the mark will be hidden in a place that wouldn’t been seen when wearing the item. Such as the inside of a ring, the back or bail of a pendant, somewhere on the clasp, or post of an earring. These can be more easily seen by using a Jewelers Loop of at least 10x magnification. You can find these at most jewelry supply stores, or online.
When it comes to hallmarks, you may see many different kinds. This chart should help, but we’ll always check it for you when you bring it in. In rare occasions, counterfeit jewelry will have the markings, but may not be real.
Every piece is truly different, so in order to give you a fair price, we must evaluate each item.
If it’s an item we can resell or if you’re using it for trade credit, you’ll get more versus an item bought for scrap.
Should you have any other questions, please stop by.