We buy fine jewelry.
United Coin & Precious Metals buys all sorts of jewelry, ranging from gold to sterling silver to platinum to palladium, plus gems and diamonds. We consider ourselves the most motivated “precious metals buyer” in San Diego County and pay top dollar, even for broken or damaged items.
Honest Appraisals, Best Prices
Our goal is to inform customers of their options and the value of the items they bring in so they know they are getting the best price. We offer free local appraisals for estate jewelry, donation jewelry items (including vintage costume jewelry), and estate gold, silver, or costume jewelry. We also do jewelry appraisals for bankruptcy court, divorce settlements, and insurance purposes.
What to Know About Selling Your Jewelry
Our best advice to anyone selling gold, silver, platinum, or palladium jewelry and gems (either theirs or from a loved one’s estate) is to do your homework, especially if this is your first time selling.
Know the Weight +
Knowing the weight of your gold and precious metals is most important. It’s also critical that when comparing weights, you are comparing like units.Jewelers use “Troy ounces” instead of ounces when weighing precious metals. US scales measure 28 grams per ounce, but precious metals such as gold and silver are weighed at 31.1 grams per Troy ounce.Some dealers use a system of weights called pennyweights to measure a Troy ounce, while others use grams. A pennyweight is equivalent of 1.555 grams.
Know the Karatage and Organize Accordingly +
Pure gold doesn’t work in jewelry because it is too soft. The Federal Trade Commission requires all jewelry sold in the US to describe a karat fineness of the alloy.For example, one karat equals 1/24 of pure gold by weight. So, 14 karats would mean the jewelry is 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metals. Anything below 10 karats is not considered “gold jewelry.”When preparing to bring your jewelry in to sell, it’s best to organize it (if at all possible) by karat. For example, organize all 14 karat and 18 karat jewelry separately.