This is a fun little blog post to help novices out while sorting through old jewelry.
If you like to go to estate sales to find a bargain or you inherited a mountain of jewelry, you can use this as a guide. For starters, get a strong magnet, the small disk shaped earth magnets you have on your fridge will work.
- Take the magnet and gently put it up against the gold or silver jewelry and see if the jewelry sticks to it or not. If it is a strong reaction the piece is most likely costume jewelry. Sort all of those pieces and put them in a separate pile. This is a good quick way to pull out pieces that are not real. Just because it passes this test doesn't insure that it is real...it just takes fakes out immediately.
- Assuming you have completed the magnet step, get a magnifying glass if you have one and look for stamps. sterling, 10k, 14k etc. If you see these markings there is a good chance the item could be real. If it is a ring, the stamp will be located inside the band. Now, there are fakes out there that are stamped too...a professional jeweler can help you determine if it is real or not.
- Once you have gone through your items, find a local trustworthy place of business to evaluate your jewelry. At Joseph Diamonds you can call to set up a secure one on one appointment where we will take the time to evaluate all of your jewelry in front of you.
You might a hidden gem in there, and we will look at everything to make sure nothing was missed. Your items will be evaluated piece by piece. We will pay you at your time of visit. No waiting, no approvals, and no sending off your jewelry. If you have items that need to be evaluated don't wait, call us or get with us online.
Set a time to bring your items in. Joseph Diamonds is a highly rated estate jewelry and diamond buyer in the Kansas City area.
We are not limited to just diamonds! We buy luxury watches, precious metals, and fine gems too.
For more details contact us at 913-242-7150 or visit www.josephdiamonds.com