How do you know if that set of flatware inherited from Grandma is Sterling Silver? What about that Tea Set inherited? Fancy Dinnerware was a really big deal in decades past! Not so much in today's fast pace world, but many people are starting to inherit it and are looking to turn these items into CASH. But what many people don't know is that most companies that produced these kind of items made two different models. They would make a Sterling Silver model, and also a Silver Plated model. Both models to an untrained eye look identical. Both models will tarnish just the same. Neither will attract to a magnet. Now how to see if that "Silver" Grandma was so proud of is actually Sterling Silver, or Silver plated.
Nine times out of ten, where you see any markings such as Manufacturer, Model #, etc. if you do not see the markings "Sterling" or "925" the items are going to be Silver Plated over Copper. These items unfortunately do not have any Precious Metal Value. There are very few exceptions to this rule and are as follows:
1. English Hallmarks are present (these are small squares with very small pictures such as a Lion, etc
2. Items that are made overseas and may be .950 Silver, .830 or .80o Silver. These items will be marked accordingly (950, 830, or 800)
3. Items that are "coin silver" These items will typically be older, and often times have no markings or are marked 900 or .900
If you see a name brand such as "Wallace", "Rogers" "Oneida" "Reed and Barton" "Community" and there is not the word "Sterling" or "925" these items are most definitely Silver Plated. Also do not confuse Sterling Silver with Stainless Steel. Many models are not even Silver Plated and are just Stainless Steel.
In summary the basic rule to this is if the items are not marked Sterling or 925, odds are your items are Silver Plated. Many models will tell you they are Silver Plated by saying "Plate," "Extra Plate," "Quadruple," "Triple," "AA," "A1," "Silver over Copper," etc.
We do purchase ALL Sterling Silver items in San Antonio, but do not deal with the Silver Plated items. Silver Plated items do have very small amounts of Silver content, but the chemical cost to recover that silver far outweighs the Silver value. At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio, we deal with ALL Precious Metals including Gold, Silver, Sterling Silver, Platinum and Palladium. We give HASSLE-FREE, NO PRESSURE quotes each and every day. If you are still unsure if your items are Sterling Silver or Silver Plated, feel free to stop by and let us check your items out. Of course if they are Sterling Silver, we can also give you a TOP DOLLAR CASH QUOTE on purchasing these items. We deal with ALL Precious Metals such as Flatware, Tableware, Jewelry, Coins, Bullion, and Dental Gold.
Examples of Sterling Hallmarks
There seems to be a lot of disinformation regarding Precious Metal Sales and the Reporting procedures to the IRS. There is only a select group of specific items that are reportable by quantity. If you do not see the items spelled out in this blog, they are NOT REPORTABLE! Also any sales of the mentioned items that are under the specified limits are NOT REPORTABLE! We are your local Bullion and Coin specialists in San Antonio, Texas and we are committed to educating on all the ins and outs of Bullion/Coins as well as other Precious Metals and to stop the flow of false information. We are committed to providing a PRIVATE transaction for all of our customers and nothing is ever reported by us, unless it meets the Reporting Guidelines. This information is instrumental for you to make a decision on what you may want to sell and what type of quantity you may want to sell. Keep in mind Jewelry, Flatware, Dental Gold, Scrap Gold/Silver, and Sterling Silver are always exempt from IRS reporting guidelines. At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio, we are licensed with the State of Texas and we follow ALL legal guidelines pertaining to the law with Precious Metals, but on the other hand we feel it is important to spell out the law for you, so you can make your own informed decisions when it comes time to liquidate your Precious Metals. We are your No-Hassle, Fast, Safe, Friendly and Family Owned option to sell all of your Precious Metals. We are very aggressive buyers on Bullion, Coins, Jewelry, Scrap, Sterling Silver, Dental Gold, Flatware and Tableware. We give free NO PRESSURE quotes each and every day. Below you can follow up with all of the reporting guidelines!
WHAT IS A W-9? A W-9 is a Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. It is a commonly used IRS form that individuals and businesses provide to businesses that are paying them.
WHY WOULD I NEED TO FILL OUT A W-9? There are certain purchases of specific products in specific quantities (See Below) that require Texas Gold and Silver Buyers to file a 1099B. In order to file a 1099B, we must have a W-9 completed to have the necessary information in order to file that form.
WHAT ITEMS ARE IRS-REPORTABLE ITEMS? The IRS has specific rules related to reportable transactions that require a Form 1099-B to be filed and those rules are included in the Form 1099-B instructions on the IRS website. The following are guidelines provided related to Precious Metal sales, and these guidelines, as well as the IRS rules, are subject to change at any time without notice.
James Avery Jewelry is a very familiar name in Texas and the entire United States. They are a family-owned company offering finely crafted jewelry in .925 sterling silver, 14K (58.5% Gold), and 18K (75% Gold) for both Men and Women. James Avery Jewelry has five manufacturing plants, ALL in Texas Hill Country. Hondo, Fredericksburg, Kerrville and Comfort Texas.
The James Avery Jewelry Company had very humble beginnings. James Avery started his jewelry business in the summer of 1954 in a 2 car garage with about $250. He started out by building a small workbench, then bought a few jewelers tools and scrap silver and copper. He had a burning desire to design and manufacture jewelry that had meaning for both him and prospective customers. It is reported that his number one goal was to create jewelry that had lasting value.
A few years down the road in 1957 he mailed out his first catalog that was exclusively Christian Jewelry. It had 16 pages total and featured 39 handmade pieces of jewelry. This same year James Avery also hired his very first employee, by the name of Fred Garcia. Mr. Avery is quoted as saying "I had been doing everything myself - designing, sawing, polishing, finishing and selling. I thought 'what am I going to do? I can't saw that fast!"
In 1965 The garage based company was eventually incorporated to James Avery Craftsman, Inc. Then two years later with the help of a modest loan, the James Avery company headquarters was constructed on 20 acres in the heart of the Texas Hill Country in no other than Kerrville, Texas. Ironically the location was not too far from that original 2 car garage where it all began.
In an impressive run, 53 years after the founding of the company, Mr. James Avery officially stepped down as CEO. This was in May of 2007 and in fitting fashion passed the company to his son Chris. Sadly James Avery passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018, at the age of 96.
The James Avery story is a true American Dream story. At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers we have a James Avery Jewelry expert on staff. This allows us to pay absolute TOP DOLLAR for your unwanted James Avery Jewelry items. Don't settle for scrap payouts on your James Avery Jewelry, make sure to get a quote from Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio before selling as we are ALWAYS paying a premium on James Avery Jewelry.
In addition to James Avery Jewelry, we also buy other designer Jewelry brands such as Tiffany and Company, David Yurman, John Hardy, Konstantino, and many others!
We are also San Antonio's #1 Bullion, Coin, and Scrap buyers! We pledge a no-hassle, fast, safe and private transaction. We are devoted to offering TOP DOLLAR on all Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium Items. We Buy it all, even Dental Gold!
Stop by or give us a call today!
Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio
3435 Thousand Oaks Dr. Suite 107
San Antonio, Texas 78247
Plumb gold is a technical term that many are not familiar with. Let's go ahead and get you familiarized with what it means!
Up until 1981, in the United States, makers and manufacturers of karated gold jewelry could use gold that was around 13.5 karat (half-karated) and round up, in turn stamping the piece of jewelry 14K. In 1981, the National Gold and Silver Marking Act was passed through the United States Government no longer allowing the round off of half-karated gold. Gold had to be at least 14.0K before it was legally allowed to be stamped 14K. This is plumb gold. 14K means 14.0K or more and 18K means 18.0K or more. Jewelry made from 17.9K jewelry would legally have to be stamped 17K. Some manufacturers now stamp 14KP, for plumb gold. Often times people wrongly assume that this means the piece of jewelry is 14K gold plated. Plated gold is typically marked HGE for heavy gold electroplated or GE for Gold electroplated.
In the United States we mark gold relating to karats. 24K gold is pure (also called Fine Gold). 14K means there is 14 parts out of 24 parts that are gold. The other alloys are 10 parts. This would translate to a 14k Gold piece of jewelry being 58% Gold.
Typically speaking Europeans stamp their gold with the number of parts per thousand. A stamp for 750 (750 parts per thousand) is the marking for 18K gold. In addition 585 stands for 14K gold and 417 is 10K. In the United States, it is not legal to call something gold if it is alloyed below 10K. In England, the limit is 9K so it is common to see a stamp of 375 for 9K on jewelry that originated from there.
Platinum is typically always going to be either 90 percent or 95 percent pure. The marks vary widely, but typically platinum is designated by PL, PT or PLAT or the full word. The marking 950 means 95 percent pure.
Often times it is possible to have jewelry pieces that are actually precious metal with no markings. One possibility is that the stamps were removed during a jeweler doing work on the piece like sizing a ring. Another possibility is the piece was made before 1906, when Congress passed a law requiring jewelry to be properly stamped. If a piece looks Victorian and has no stamp, it was probably made before 1906. The reverse is not necessarily true. Some pieces made before 1906 were stamped. Don't ever throw out unmarked pieces until you have had a chance for a professional to take a look! At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers we utilize non destructive XRF X-Ray Testing to quickly test our customers items in a completely non destructive way. Unlike our competitors who will normally use the destructive Acid Testing method that is also very time consuming and nowhere near exact!
If you have ever seen a ring with some strange numbers in it that do not correlate to the information lined out above, sometimes that is a model number or serial number or manufacturing mark.
Most manufacturers have their own mark that they stamp onto jewelry that they manufacture. For example, Tiffany usually uses Tiffany & Co., but on small items they sometimes stamp T & C.
At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio we are always here to verify your jewelry items and make TOP DOLLAR cash offers on them. But we also have a devotion to inform the public on all the less than known facts and information to do with everything Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium.
Feel free to contact us or come by at anytime!
Texas Gold and Silver Buyers
3435 Thousand Oaks Dr.
San Antonio, Texas 78247
At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio we are very excited to announce our newest addition to our array of state-of-the-art testing equipment! We believe investing in the newest and best testing equipment directly benefits our customers. It also allows us to consistently day in and day out pay TOP DOLLAR, because we know exactly what we are buying and do not have to account for mistakes of buying fake Precious Metal items. Most Gold and Silver Buyers are still stuck on the old fashioned ways of testing. They utilize acids and a scratch stone to verify whether or not your precious metal items are real or fake. Not only is this extremely destructive, it is also very time consuming and far from precise. In addition the Acid Test is not reliable and can be fooled easily. This usually results in Gold and Silver Buyers using this method accounting for losses they are going to incur by being fooled by fake merchandise and buying it. When they have to account for almost definite losses using this method, you can count on that being reflected in their offers to you. Another con to this is you could be left with your items being damaged before you have even accepted their offer! This is not how we do business at Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio.
Many Gold and Silver Buyers want to file, snip, or cut your items so they can directly place acid on the items to see if it is genuine or not. We have jewelry, coins, and bullion come in weekly that has been damaged by another gold buyer. Usually with a noticeable file mark or scratches. We are left scratching our heads why they feel it is acceptable to damage a customer's merchandise before they have even made an offer and/or the customer has accepted their offer. At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers we have multiple state-of-the-art testing tools to allow us to NON DESTRUCTIVELY and NEAR PRECISELY test your items! Our line-up is unmatched by anyone one else in the San Antonio metro area.
We utilize the following:
State-of-the-Art Olympus Gold Xpert XRF X-Ray
Sigma Metalytics Precious Metal Verifier
Sigma Metalytics Precious Metal Verifier PRO
Unfortunately these days there are numerous fake and counterfeit items running around. Coins, Bullion, Jewelry, you name it, Foreign Countries are counterfeiting it and getting better by the day. All the Gold and Silver Buyers are aware of this, but so many just account for the fake items they are going to buy using outdated testing methods, by lowering payouts to their customers. They just accept the fact they are going to buy fake merchandise by mistake. As in any business, losses or expenses are then passed on to the customers. This is why we have invested in the GOLD STANDARD of testing equipment! We are committed to paying our customers TOP DOLLAR - ALWAYS!
If you have Coins or Bullion and would like to have them tested on our newest Sigma Metalytics PRO, come on by! We are happy to show you the unit, and test them for FREE. You heard that right, we are offering FREE peace of mind testing on Coins and Bullion. You are not going to find another place in San Antonio that is offering this service for free, and this is just another level of Customer Service that we are providing to our Customers and potential Future Customers! When we say Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio is different from the others, WE MEAN IT!
We are TOP DOLLAR Buyers of ALL Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium in San Antonio, Texas. We offer FREE, No-Pressure, No-Hassle quotes on your precious metal items each and every day. We buy Jewelry, Scrap, Scrap Gold, Scrap Silver, Sterling Silver, Coins, Bullion, and Dental Gold. Bottom line if it is Precious Metal, WE BUY IT!
Sigma Metalytics PRO Demonstration!
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At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio, we have numerous interactions with our awesome customers each and every day. The past several months we have noticed a trend of customers being misinformed about Gold and Silver prices when they come in. Good news though, we have finally pegged down the culprit! Turns out Google, Alexa and Siri are guilty of this. If you Google, or ask Siri "What are the Gold Prices Today?" or similar, it turns out that they are returning results that are flat out wrong or misleading. We don't believe this is on purpose, but those search options are definitely pulling outdated information more often than not.
Below I am going to show where today on 8/15/2018, a Google search was done on "What is the price of Gold?" The results not only returned an inaccurate quote, it also returns some confusing information on the price of gold per gram. We have tested Siri and Alexa as well and it seems they are also returning incorrect information. Again we don't think this is done on purpose, but just returning outdated results. The photo below of prices from Monex show the actual and real time prices of Precious Metals at the same exact time the Google search was done. We aren't saying that Monex is the one and only accurate and real time resource, as it is one of many. But a simple Google, Siri, or Alexa query or search is not producing the correct prices as of the time this blog is being authored. Furthermore if you do the same searches or queries with Google, Siri, or Alexa on the price of gold per gram, it is returning results of the price of 24k gold (Fine Gold). This can be very confusing to people not in the industry. Precious Metals are quoted for Fine Gold and Silver, not Karated Gold, Sterling Silver, Coin Silver or similar. If you would like to learn about how you can calculate the Spot or Market pricing of Karated Gold, Sterling Silver, etc. please see our blog post on that by clicking the gold button below the photos in this blog post. We strive for our customers to be in the know on all things Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium and felt it was very important to share where to accurately and reputably check Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium prices. In addition to Monex, another reputable Spot Pricing site that can be found is Kitco. These are just a few of the many, many options, but we can speak for both of these sites as being accurate and up-to-date by the second. We are in the process of updating our office to have the current Spot (market) prices of Precious Metals displayed at all times to ensure our customers an honest and transparent transaction. Come by and check us out TODAY!
At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio you can always count on an honest, transparent transaction. We offer FREE QUOTES and a No-Hassle approach to selling your precious metal items.
We Buy Gold Coins, Gold Bullion, Gold Jewelry, Scrap Gold, Dental Gold, Silver Coins, Sterling Silver, Scrap Silver, Silver Jewelry, and Silver Bullion.
We give FREE quotes and there is never any pressure to sell.
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3435 Thousand Oaks Dr.
San Antonio, Texas 78247
More than likely we have all seen stacks of Gold or Silver Bars in movies and cartoons throughout our lives. You might even recall "Scrooge McDuck" from a beloved American Cartoon swimming in his vault of Gold Bullion. The other most recalled perception of bullion is the large gold 'bricks' that many imagine are stored in Fort Knox. Bullion is pronounced “BULL-yən”, and properly refers to Precious Metals valued by weight in "bulk form." In popular culture portrayed by Hollywood, we envision Gold and Silver bullion in "bar or ingot" form, In reality Bullion can be in the form of bars, coins, ingots or rounds.
The word 'bullion' can be simplified to much simpler definition: a refined and stamped weight of precious metal.
At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio, we are Gold, Silver, and Platinum Bullion experts. We are devoted to being your Fast, Friendly, Honest, Safe and Trusted Gold / Silver Exchange. With all the fake Bullion floating around these days, most Gold and Silver Buyers will want to destructively test your bullion before making an offer, NOT US! We exclusively use the Sigma Metalytics Precious Metal Verifier to verify Bullion. It is fast, non destructive and EXTREMELY accurate! It can even read through plastic if your bullion is sealed. We have many customers tell us that other buyers even said they had to cut their bar or round in half before they would buy. In our opinion that is highly unprofessional and if they are buying destroyed bullion, then that means they are refining it. And if they are refining it, you can be guaranteed that you are not being paid TOP DOLLAR, as refining fees are involved.
We offer hassle-free, NO PRESSURE quotes each and every day. We welcome anyone looking to liquidate their Gold or Silver Bullion to give us a call or come by today! In addition to buying Gold, Silver, and Platinum Bullion we also purchase ANYTHING that is Gold, Silver, Platinum or Palladium. This includes but is not limited to: Jewelry (broken or not), Scrap, Coins, Dental Gold, and Sterling Silver.
We are conveniently located at:
3435 Thousand Oaks, Suite 107
San Antonio, Texas 78247
Junk silver (also known as 90% Silver) is a phrase or name used in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia for any silver coin which is in great to cull condition and has no numismatic or collectible value larger than the bullion value of the silver it contains.
All U.S. Minted Half Dollars, Quarters and Dimes 1964 and OLDER are comprised of 90% Silver.
The actual value of most circulated coins minted from the 1920′s through 1964 is primarily from their silver content. The term "junk silver" often times is mistaken to be referring to the condition of the coin. In reality, 90% silver coins or "junk silver" come in a large variety of conditions from near brilliant uncirculated (BU) to circulated (worn) all the way to cull condition (worn smooth).
Similar to the modern minted American Silver Eagle Bullion Coins, 90% Junk Silver Coins are official U.S. Minted currency could be used as a means of legal tender face value payment, yet this would not be a wise decision to spend them at the store for goods or services given the silver bullion value contained within them is much greater than their face value.
United States Coins made of Silver were once standard and a very large part of The United States standard circulation coinage. This began with the signing of the 1792 Coinage Act and continued until silver coins were removed from circulation by the 1965 Coinage Act.
Junk Silver coins can still be found in circulation, even though after the past 5 years or so, people have got much more motivated to be seeking them out. At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio, we purchase Junk Silver coins for TOP DOLLAR CASH. In addition to buying Junk Silver, we also purchase ANYTHING that is Gold, Silver Platinum or Palladium. This includes but is not limited to: Coins, Bullion, Jewelry, Scrap Gold and Silver, Sterling Silver, and Dental Gold.
We are Locally Family Owned and Operated, with a devotion to honesty, transparency, and the highest levels of Customer Service.
Give us a call or come by TODAY and get your no obligation, hassle-free quote before selling elsewhere!
Texas Gold and Silver Buyers
3435 Thousand Oaks, Suite 107
San Antonio, Texas 78247
The American Silver Eagle is the official Government sanctioned Silver Bullion coin of the United States of America. The Silver Eagle was first released by the United States Mint on November 24, 1986. It is made exclusively in the 1 troy ounce denomination, and has a nominal face value of $1. The American Silver Eagle is guaranteed by the U.S. Mint to contain 1 troy ounce of 99.9% Pure Silver.
American Silver Eagle coins are the United States only official investment-grade Silver bullion coins and are considered one of the most beautiful U.S. Silver coins ever minted. They are recognized all over the world, and could be argued to be the most known coin on the planet. The American Silver Eagle is indeed the world’s only 1 ounce Silver bullion coin with the content, weight and purity guaranteed by the government of the United States.
The obverse (front) of the American Silver Eagle coins depicts the Walking Liberty design originally conceptualized by Adolph A. Weinman. His design was also used on the 90% Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar (.50) coins issued by the U.S. Mint from 1916 to 1947. The "Walking Liberty" art on the Silver Eagle coin is one of the most well-known designs ever to be portrayed on Silver coins minted by the United States Mint. The reverse of the American Silver Eagle coins feature an American eagle, the symbol of our nation’s freedom, patriotism and national pride. This is obviously where the "American Silver Eagle" name comes from!
The American Gold Eagle is the official Government Gold Bullion Coin of the United States. The manufacture of them were Authorized under the Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985. The American Gold Eagle was officially first released by the United States Mint in 1986.
Unlike the Silver Eagles, Gold Eagles are available in 1 Ounce, 1/2 Ounce, 1/4 Ounce, and 1/10 Ounce sizes. The 1 oz Gold Eagle is the most popular Gold Eagle Coin size option. These American Gold Eagle Coins, contain the actual denomination of Fine Gold as stated in their size and are guaranteed as so by the United States Government. They all have nominal face values for each size, when you could legally spend them, DONT! The Gold Value is considerably more than the Metal Value!
1 oz Gold Eagle= $50
1/2 oz Gold Eagle= $25
1/4 oz Gold Eagle= $10
1/10 oz Gold Eagle = $5
The obverse (front) of the American Gold Eagle coin is adapted from Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ famed Gold Double Eagle design of 1907, which regarded as the most beautiful design in American coinage. The vintage American Gold Eagle design features Lady Liberty walking confidently against the sun’s rays, carrying a torch and an olive branch. The reverse of the Gold American Eagles are equally beautiful, showing a male bald eagle in flight carrying an olive branch to his nest, where a female awaits with her young. Hence the name "American Gold Eagle!" The design of these 1 oz Gold coins highlights the strength and importance of American families.
As these are some of the most popular Gold and Silver Coins in the United States, it is important to remember that in all actuality these are Bullion for all intensive purposes. They are bought to invest in as Gold and Silver, and not typically bought for "collector values" like many Numismatic Coins. Generally speaking while many people do collect each year, or the different fractional sizes, at the end of the day they are worth their weight in Gold or Silver. There are definitely more "generic" or "basic" bullion investing options, but many feel more confidence in investing and retaining Gold and Silver Eagles, because of how widely they are known, as well as being Guaranteed by the United States Government. Many also are drawn to the beautiful design.
At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio, we deal with Gold and Silver Eagles on a daily basis as well as other Coins, Bullion, Jewelry, Scrap and Dental Gold. We are you local Precious Metal Experts. We are committed to providing a Gold and Silver Exchange for our customers with no frills and/or smoke and mirrors! We offer Hassle-Free, No Pressure quotes each and every day. We pay on the spot, and pay CASH! (Limits do apply) We exclusively utilize the Sigma Metalytics Precious Metal Verifier to test Gold Eagles, Silver Eagles, and all other Bullion and Coins. Many places will want to destructively test your bullion before making an offer, because the fact of the matter is, China and other Countries are heavily engaged in counterfeiting Gold/Silver Eagles, as well as many other Bullion and Coins. But you can take it to the bank, that if a buyer is destructively testing items, they are NOT paying TOP DOLLAR. That would be impossible because no one wants to buy or own a damaged Coin, Bullion Bar or Round. If they are destructively testing they are buying your items to take them to the refiner and melt them, which takes a huge cut right off the top. We DO NOT melt Bullion or Coins! Period. We have a large network of clientele to source the things we purchase to. We make very small margins of profit on the items we buy, and operate on volume, NOT making huge profits off unsuspecting customers! Our low overhead and Family Owned and operated store also allows us to pass the savings on to our customers in the form of HIGHER PAYOUTS for their Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium!
Give us a call or come by today for your FREE, NO PRESSURE, HASSLE-FREE QUOTE!
Texas Gold and Silver Buyers
3435 Thousand Oaks, Suite 107
San Antonio, Texas 78247
Too often we are presented with a collection of jewelry (often times items inherited from a Loved One) and are told "I don't think this is Gold." Many times items that aren't hallmarked or stamped with the traditional 10k, 14k, 18k stamps can indeed be gold and overlooked. And many of those times there is a marking right there telling you it is gold. But if you aren't in the Jewelry or Precious Metals Industry this little secret may not be known and we are happy to let you know what to look for. Below I will highlight some of the most common examples of different ways Gold Jewelry can be stamped or hallmarked.
It is not uncommon for real Gold Jewelry to also not have any markings whatsoever. On that I don't have any tricks of the trade to share, other than to stop by and let us take a look and possibly X-Ray the pieces with our Olympus Gold Xpert XRF X-Ray!
So now on to the obscure markings or designations of Karated Gold that are out of the norm and not widely known about:
333 Marking = 8k Gold
375 Marking = 9k Gold
417 Marking = 10k Gold
585 Marking = 14k Gold
750 Marking = 18k Gold
875 Marking = 21k Gold
900 Marking = 21.6k Gold
916 Marking = 22k Gold
999 Marking = 24k Gold
Of course just because your Jewelry item has any of these markings doesn't guarantee it is gold, as there are counterfeits out there, but it is definitely a REALLY good sign!
Before you throw that "Costume Jewelry" out in a Garage Sale or Donate it, it is a very good idea to inspect the jewelry with a magnifying glass or Jewelers Loupe and look for any of these markings or the traditional 10k, 14k, 18k markings.
Of course if you prefer, you can simply bring your items by our store for a FREE, NO- OBLIGATION quote. We are happy to look through your items and tell you what is Costume Jewelry and what is Gold.
If you have items that are not marked and you want to be sure what you have, NO PROBLEM! Come on by and we are happy to assist you.
At Texas Gold and Silver Buyers of San Antonio, we offer NO-HASSLE quotes, in our safe and secure office. We are devoted to providing each customer through our door with the highest standards of CUSTOMER SERVICE!
We Buy ALL Precious Metals: Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium.
We Buy Jewelry, Coins, Bullion, Scrap Gold and Silver, Sterling Silver,and Dental Gold. We will never damage your items using the traditional acid testing method like so many other places will do. We give you a itemized breakdown of what we are offering for your different items and are happy to answer ANY and ALL questions relating to your potential transaction. Come by and see the Texas Gold and Silver Buyers difference TODAY!
You can find a comprehensive List of ITEMS WE BUY, here on our website!
Thanks for stopping by our blog. My name is Evan and I am the owner of Texas Gold and Silver Buyers in San Antonio. From time to time I will post blog entries to help educate and inform our customers and potential future customers on all aspects of Precious Metals (Gold, Silver, Platinum & Palladium!)