Frequently Asked Questions:
GOLD JEWELRY, SILVER JEWELRY, PLATINUM JEWELRY BROKEN OR NOT, FIREARMS, GIFT CARDS, CLASS RINGS, SINGLE EARRINGS, GOLD NUGGETS, DENTAL GOLD, ROLEX WATCHES, STERLING FLATWARE, STERLING HOLLOWARE, SOME SMALL COLLECTIBLES, GOLD FILLED ITEMS, GOLD-SILVER-PLATINUM COINS & BULLION, RARE COINS & PAPER MONEY
Q. What types of things do you buy?
A. We buy just about anything gold, silver or platinum. Whether it’s jewelry, collectible US coins, old watches, Rolex watches, dental gold, broken jewelry, sterling silverware or tea service, bullion, single earrings, gold class rings and firearms. We want to buy it.
Q. What types of things don’t you buy?
A. We don’t buy silver plated items including silver plated silverware. We also don’t buy gold plated items.
Q. I don’t want to sell my valuables, can I get a Loan?
A. Yes. We did get our pawn license and we can now do pawn loans on most jewelry, coins and even gold or silver bullion and firearms.
Q. What exactly is a pawn?
A. A pawn is when the pawner or pledgor uses personally owned valuables as collateral to get a loan from a pawn broker. The pawn broker then holds the collateral for the legal amount of time and the pawner may buy back the valuables for the amount of the original loan plus interest and fees which are all governed by the State of Washington. Or the pawner may choose to renew or extend the loan by paying the renewal amount.
Q. How much will I get for my Gold?
A. There are several factors that go into the value of your gold. First of all the market price of gold, silver and platinum changes daily, which we watch closely, the higher the market price of gold is, the more we can pay. The second thing is the weight, the more you have the more we can pay. The last thing is the purity, again the higher the purity the more we can pay. For example we pay more for 14kt gold than for 10kt gold.
Q. How do I mail my gold to you?
A. Please contact us first to let us know a package is coming to us. You can mail us your gold in your own package. Just make sure to properly insure the package and include a phone number and email address and a return address so we can contact you and send you your check.
Q. What if my jewelry is not marked, how do you know what it is?
A. When we buy jewelry we seperate it by karat quality i.e. 10kt, 14kt etc. If a piece is not marked we have several diffinitive tests we can do to determine the karat quality of the piece. We do this so we can pay the most we can for the gold you have.
Q. What is the difference between grams and pennyweights?
A. Grams are part of the metric system and pennyweights are part of the US weights and measurements system. There are 31.10348 grams in a troy ounce and 20 pennyweight in a troy ounce. We use pennyweights.
Q. Do you buy gold plated or gold filled items?
A. We do not buy gold plated items but we do buy gold filled items. Keep in mind that the gold content in gold filled items is very minimal.
Common Hallmarks for Gold, Silver and Platinum Jewelry.
Q. Do you loan money on firearms?
A. Yes, we have a pawn license and a Federal Firearms License and we can buy-sell and loan money on firearms.
8KT or 333= 33.3% pure gold
9KT or 375= 37.5% pure gold
10KT or 417= 41.7% pure gold
14KT or 583 or 585= 58.33% pure gold
18KT or 750= 75% pure gold
22KT or 916= 91.6% pure gold
24KT or .999= pure gold
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and will be marked:
Sterling, Ster, Str, or 925
Silver marked 800 is 80% silver
Coin silver: is 90% silver
Be aware that silver colored items marked “Mexico Alpaca” or just “Alpaca” are just white brass or nickel and not silver at all. Also, items marked German Silver are also just nickel and not silver at all.
Also be aware that items marked Sterling weighted or 925 with the word weighted are not solid sterling, they have a weighted core of plaster or resin. Some items that are typically weighted are candlestick holders and salt & pepper shakers.
Plat or Pt. should be 95% Platinum
900 Plat= 90% Platinum
850 Plat= 85% Platinum
GF= Gold filled which means that at least 1/20th of the total weight must be at least 10KT gold.
H.G.E= Heavy gold electroplate (gold plated)
GP= gold plated. Gold plated items will be much less than 1/20th of the total weight of the item.
RGP= Rolled gold plate (gold plated)