A. We pawn just about anything including gold, silver or platinum. Whether it’s jewelry, collectible US coins, Firearms, old watches, Rolex watches, dental gold, broken jewelry, sterling silverware or tea service, bullion, single earrings, gold class rings, tools, musical instruments, newer electronics. We want to loan you money for it.
A. We don’t pawn or buy silver plated items including silver plated silverware. We also don’t buy gold plated items. If you are not sure just call us or stop by and have us check out your items to see if we can help.
Q. I don’t want to sell my valuables, can I get a Loan?
A. Yes. You don’t have to sell your items. We are happy to provide a collateral or pawn loan on most items of value including most jewelry, coins and even gold or silver bullion, firearms, tools, musical instruments, newer electronics plus much more.
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.
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.
A. When we buy jewelry we separate it by karat quality i.e. 10kt, 14kt etc. If a piece is not marked we have several definitive 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.
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 grams.
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.
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.
Q. Do you do internet or private party firearm transfers?
A. Yes we do. Currently the cost is $25 for NON SEMI-AUTO RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS AND $40 for PISTOLS AND SEMI-AUTO RIFLES
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)
We only ship within the United States. We Do NOT ship internationally unless special shipping arrangements have been made with us via email or telephone prior to purchasing any of our products.
If the item is listed with a flat shipping rate it will be shipped by carrier of our choice. Most items ship via USPS first class mail, or FedEx for larger items. For expedited shipping please contact us and make arrangements.
If item is not listed with a flat shipping rate you will have a choice of carrier USPS or FedEx with a variety of shipping options.
We try to ship all purchased items within 2 business days of received payment.
We currently do not offer any returns on items that you are able to test in our store. All other items will be on a case by case basis so please ask us if you have questions about a specific item. Return policy for items sold online will be on a per item basis. Each item will have the return policy in the description area of the product listing, if there is no return policy listed there will be no returns for those items. We will accept returns on certain items excluding all Bullion products and most coins unless otherwise listed in the item description. On items we will accept returns for the item must be returned or the initiation of a return must be done within 30 days of receiving the item. Return postage will NOT be the responsibility of Dons Estate Jewelry & Coin and the refund will be for the amount of the item NOT including the original shipping charge. The refund will be issued once we receive the item in the original condition it was sent and will be refunded via the same payment method used to purchase the item.